SATURDAY WILL BE A NICE FALL DAY… A WEAK SYSTEM PASSING TO OUR SOUTH MAY BRING SOME LIGHT SHOWERS ON SUNDAY… A COASTAL STORM MAY IMPACT OUR WEATHER DURING BY MID-WEEK

For the first time this season, there is frost on my cars. The long nights, clear skies, low humidity, and light winds at this time of year will allow for maximum radiation cooling. We should warm up into the mid 50’s this afternoon. A weak low pressure system will move by to our south on Sunday possibly bringing a few light showers, especially on the South-side Hampton Roads. Another system may impact our weather by mid-week and this could be in the form of a coastal storm. The main computer models differ in their solutions, but it is possible that a low pressure system will develop and intensify off the coast which may bring coastal flooding, strong winds, and possibly heavy rain in parts of the region. I realize that this is the last thing that the folks still recovering from Hurricane Sandy want to hear. I will have more on this storm potential in my Sunday morning post… I would like to just make some comments on Hurricane Sandy. First of all, the rainfall total for Virginia Beach was nearly 10 inches!   It has been very disturbing for me to see the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused along the Jersey shore. I spent part of nearly every summer of my youth and early adulthood  in places such as Belmar, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, Ocean City, just to name a few. To see homes destroyed, boardwalks torn up, amusement parks left in shambles, etc, etc is just heart breaking. Of course, my heart goes out to the folks that lost loved ones. The shear magnitude of this storm is just incredible. Think about the folks that are without power. They have no heat and it is fairly chilly in the Northeast this morning. Some may be without power for days and possibly weeks to come, especially in the rural areas. It took an incredible set of circumstances to cause a storm like this. The “left turn” that the storm’s path took right into the NJ coastine was just as unbelievable and unprecedented. It also occurred during a full moon cycle which caused higher tides. Let’s hope that we do not see anything like this for a long time. Some folks will say that global warming attributed to this event. That is not certain and will most likely be debated for years to come. I want to end by also congratulating the National Hurricane Center for basically nailing the track of this storm.

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