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.
A planned launching of a rocket by SpaceX was halted early Saturday morning due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Fung-wong will spread heavy rainfall across South Korea and Japan next week.
The fall season will start of seasonable for Minneapolis as high pressure yields several pleasant days through midweek.
Locally heavy and gusty thunderstorms will erupt over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Saturday.
A surge of warmth will quickly be erased as thunderstorms and a cold front sweep through the Northeast on Sunday.
The body of a missing Austin, Texas sheriff's deputy was found in a lake Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.
Centre County, PA (1792)
Quote from the diary of William Colbert, a Methodist Circuit Rider up in Centre County: "A very cold morning. It was surprising to see so much snow on the ground at this season of the year. The limbs of the peach trees broke, and large limbs of the oaks broke down, and saplings bent across the road. It began to snow last night before we went to bed. I came out of my way by Lamb's to Phillip Antes."
A total of 9 inches of rain in 6 hours causes flooding on Sugar Creek.
Central U.S. (1991)
Very early cold snap..... Location Temp Record Peoria, Ill. 32 33/1918 Burlington, Iowa 32 35/1918 Chicago, Ill. 36 38/1956 Indianapolis, Ind. 36 37/1956 Waterloo, Iowa 27 31/1971