The greatest threat Sandy poses to Maryland and the Baltimore area is damaging winds and to some extent flooding rainfall.
While Sandy will be at sea this weekend, a last-minute left hook scenario is becoming more likely.
How nasty wind and rain would be in the Charm City and nearby areas on the I-95 corridor will depend on where landfall occurs. A landfall in New England would have much less impact than a westward landfall across the Delmarva.
At this point it appears a doomsday track northwestward across southeastern Virginia is not so likely in terms of tidal concerns on the Chesapeake Bay and the Inner Harbor. The wind flow would not be right for such an event.
However, a westward path over the Delmarva would bring serious coastal flooding and wind damage to the beaches. The same path would bring locally heavy rain, flash and urban flooding potential on the western flank of the storm, in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pa., areas.
Even if Sandy cruises into New England, a period of strong west to northwest winds could develop over Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania as colder air rushes in, perhaps enough to cause downed tree limbs and power outages.
Ripple-effect flight delays could build Monday and Tuesday from the Midwest to the South caused by direct impact from Philadelphia northward to New York City and Boston.
Following thunderstorms, cooler settles into the Midwest and Northeast through Midweek.
One person is dead, and another remains critically injured after a lightning strike in Southern California.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
The expansive drought in Nevada has sparked an increase in Mormon crickets in places that haven't seen these crickets since the last major drought there in the mid-2000s.
People across the Northeast will be reaching for their umbrellas on Monday as rain and thunderstorms spread across the region.
Heavy rain will aim for eastern France, southern Germany and northern Italy early this week.
Marquette, Il (1988)
99 degrees for a date record.
Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.
Western Pacific (1990)
Typhoon Steve east of Iwo Jimo. Peak winds of 125 mph sustained gusts to 155 mph.