A storm set to dump heavy, wet snow on millions of people in the Northeast will also scream with high winds in coastal and some inland areas this weekend.
While far from the worst windstorm ever, this screamer will knock out power, down trees and cause damage in New England, New York, New Jersey, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The storm that will likely break records for October snowfall in New England and the mid-Atlantic will spawn its share of strong winds as it strengthens rapidly over the region.
When we gaze at satellite photos and examine winds during this nor'easter, it may resemble a minimal hurricane or strong tropical storm, complete with an eye developing off the New England shore.
A satellite photo of a nor'easter along the New England coast March 1, 2010. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As the storm "bombs out" near Cape Cod Saturday afternoon and evening, sustained winds in that area will increase to 20-40 mph (30-65 kph), but peak gusts can reach 65 mph (105 kph). Areas on eastern Long Island and in Nova Scotia/southeastern New Brunswick may also experience winds close to this strength.
Areas from coastal New Jersey and the lower Delaware Bay northward to the New York Metropolitan area to Boston, interior Maine and New Brunswick will experience 15- to 30-mph (25- to 50-kph) sustained winds with gusts to 50 mph (80 kph).
Winds will shift around from northeast to north, and then northwest as the storm approaches and moves by the region spanning Saturday and Saturday night.
Even in areas that receive little or no snow, the force of the wind on fully leafed trees standing in saturated soil will lead to falling timber.
This could end up being worse than Irene in terms of downed trees and power outages, because winds will be stronger over a larger area.
Trees and limbs can crash down on power lines, houses, vehicles and passing pedestrians. Avoid wooded areas and tree-lined streets during this storm.
People located in areas to be hit by this storm either with snow, rain, wind, or all three may want to have a contingency plan in place in case the power goes out for an extended period of time.
Many areas in the Eastern states will have consistent summerlike heat and a buildup of humidity for the last week of May.
Severe storms continue to impact portions of the southern Plains after erupting over the region Monday afternoon into early Tuesday morning.
Torrential rain and strong thunderstorms pushed across the southern Plains over the weekend, spawning tornadoes and dangerous flash flooding from Kansas to Texas.
Severe storm- and flood-weary residents of Texas and the southern Plains will soon get a break as a change in the weather pattern develops.
While California usually offers ideal growing conditions for one of America's trendiest foods, the drought has avocado farmers concerned about future production.
Several disturbances pose the threat to become the first named tropical system in the Eastern Pacific Ocean this week.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.
Cut Bank, MT (1982)
35 degrees with a mix of snow and rain. The high temperature from the previous day was 78.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.