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.
The end of November and start have December have been chilly with some snow, but dry and mild weather will return for the upcoming weekend.
Snow will linger across parts of the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as December begins.
A train of storms will slam into the Northwest United States well into next week and perhaps through much of December.
Downpours will continue the threat for flooding across parts of southern India this week.
Following several days of dry weather, a weak area frontal boundary will bring rainfall to northern France Thursday night into Friday.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
Snow fell for 5 minutes in South Florida in the Ft. Myers area.
Eastern Maine (1964)
Down east blizzard 12-18" snow, accompanied by 60 mph winds; 8' drifts. Record snow from Detroit to Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA 8.5" snow, most for date Akron-Canton, OH 24" snowstorm Dec. 1-2 - biggest snowstorm on record Detroit, MI Record 19.2" snow paralyzed city.
Ohio, Ontario (1996)
A line of severe thunder storms moved across the state. In Cleveland, OH there was a 60 mph wind gust. An 18-foot tractor trailer was blown over on I-77 in Richfield, OH. In Guelph, ON a wind gust lifted the roof of a gym, where a church group was playing basketball. Residents of one neighborhood saw a car spinning on its grill like a top.