While Sandy will slam ashore in New Jersey, the large storm will still cause problems in the Hudson Valley.
The worst of the storm will slam the mid-Atlantic and southern New England into Tuesday. However, the storm will behave more like a large nor'easter in terms of size and a hurricane in terms of strength. Folks should not just focus on the center of the storm track as a result.
According to AccuWeather.com's CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is a hurricane wrapped in a winter storm."
Sandy will bring strong wind gusts ranging between 50 and 60 mph over much of the middle Hudson Valley. Higher gusts will occur over the hilltops and the lower Hudson.
Such winds can down some trees and cause power outages. Avoid parking under or walking through wooded areas during the storm.
Rainfall can be heavy enough to cause urban flooding.
A repeat of Irene from last year does not appear likely over the upper Hudson Valley into Vermont. By the time the storm moves into New York state, via Pennsylvania at midweek, it will have lost the majority of its destructive power in terms of rainfall. However, gusty winds can still cause problems.
However, for the lower Hudson Valley to New York City, the storm is likely to be much worse than Irene in terms of storm surge flooding and high winds.
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
Improving weather over the next several days will aid officials in battling wildfires across California.
St. Louis, MO (1927)
Tornado 300 feet across with a 4-mile path crossed river. Twister killed 72, caused $22 million damage. Total of 81 dead from outbreak and $25 million damage.
Colorado Springs (1959)
A storm produced 28 inches of snow.
Reno, NV (1982)
Snow fell for the first time in 93 years in the month of September. Town received 1.5 inches the night before, surpassing the old record of 0.5 inches set back in 1889.