Sandy continues to drive high winds and storm surge into Connecticut.
Sandy will drive across southern New Jersey Monday evening. 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 CEO Barry Myers, "Sandy is like a hurricane wrapped in a winter storm."
Sandy will bring strong wind gusts ranging between 50 and 60 mph over much of Connecticut. The strongest gusts will occur over the hilltops and along the South Coast. Gusts in these areas can reach 80 to 90 mph.
Tropical air swinging across part of Connecticut on Sandy's back side can lead to quick, spin-up funnels near the coast and into the central counties.
The strength of the wind throughout the state will 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. Fallen leaves blocking storm drains will add to the potential for flooding of city streets.
Coastal flooding remains the top concern. Even though surface winds may be north of east at times, the large fetch of Sandy will gather the Atlantic Ocean and attempt to ram it into the southern New England/mid-Atlantic wedge.
Storm surge will be the greatest toward New York City, on the order of 5 to 10 feet, but locally can reach between 12 and 15 feet. As a result, record tide levels are possible.
The full moon Monday will amplify tides. However, as winds turn toward the southeast Monday night into Tuesday, coastal flooding problems are likely to continue along the Connecticut coast.
Thundery showers late on Friday and on Friday night will pose a threat of localized torrential rain, high winds and hail.
After intense heat eased some for Thursday, it will once again bake Spain and France to close out this week and expand into Germany and Poland this weekend.
The same front that brought gusty thunderstorms and tornado reports across Missouri Wednesday will once again spark severe weather from the Plains to the Tennessee Valley into Thursday night and beyond.
While parts of India received torrential rainfall during June, impact from El Nino will reassert itself over the upper part of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
Winds and the Gulf Stream current are the likely catalysts behind strange jellyfishlike creatures, Man O' War, popping up on East Coast beaches over the past several weeks.
Strengthening Typhoon Chan-hom will threaten Guam this weekend, while the corridor from Shanghai to Tokyo could face impacts next week.
Wichita Falls, TX (1980)
114 degrees, breaking old record by 10 degrees. This is the 9th consecutive day of 100 degrees plus. Many other cities in Texas have reached or exceeded 100 degrees every day for more than a week.
Central U.S./ Ohio Valley (1980)
Severe thunderstorm outbreak: Bertrand, NE - 3 inches of rain in 1 hour. Missouri - Tornadoes touched down in central MO. Strong winds took the roof off a motel in the Lake Ozark area, injuring several people. Evansville, IN - Nearly 1/2 foot of rain (5.90") Trees & lines downed by 60-80 mph winds. Carbondale, IL - Tornadoes hurt 15 and damaged roofs, trees, trailers, etc.; on Lake Kinkaid overturned boats, drowning some. Marion, IL - 80-mph wind gust at the airport. Lexington, KY - Many tornadoes. Louisville, KY - Hail the size of a hen's eggs. Kentucky - Tornadoes down near Short Creek, north of Bowling Green and near Ft. Knox. Winds gusted to near 70 mph at Central City, destroying several aircrafts.
Santa Barbara, CA (1985)
109 degrees -- tied for all-time record high.