Major East Coast cities – including Washington, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Boston – are bracing for the impact with Hurricane Sandy moving up the Atlantic coast early Sunday amid fears that it might meet two other powerful winter storms to form a hybrid "superstorm" spanning over 700 miles.
As of early Sunday, Sandy remained on track to become a historical storm, according to AccuWeather.com.
National Hurricane Center said Sandy was located about 275 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour early Sunday. It was moving over the Atlantic parallel to the U.S. coast at 14 miles per hour, but was forecast to make a tight westerly turn toward the coast on Sunday night. more >>
Residents along the East Coast of the U.S. who are in the predicted path of Hurricane Sandy have been marveling at the possibility of encountering what meteorologists and the media are calling the "perfect storm", "Frankenstorm" and a "snor'eastercane", due to the unusual combination of snow, flooding and high winds the storm is predicted to bring.
Hurricane Sandy, which has been barreling its way through the Caribbean at top speeds Thursday, was expected to soon impact the East Coast, eventually coming alongside Florida on Friday and reaching as far north as Massachusetts by next Tuesday, according to CNN.
The hurricane is said to bring by that time a combination of "steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and possibly snow," the Guardian reported in an article titled "Hurricane Sandy barrels towards the US – will it really be the end of days?" more >>
Twice a year, New Yorkers are able to witness a popular phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge" where the sun aligns perfectly with the city streets resembling the same occurrence as England's Stonehenge.
The term "Manhattanhenge" was actually coined by astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson back in 2002. He coined it because the light cascading down the west-east streets mimicked the light that shines through the stones during the summer solstice in the Salisbury Plain in England.
"Manhattanhenge" usually happens around the summer solstice and not on the solstice itself because of the way the streets were arranged. more >>
Beryl hit Florida early Monday, and the tropical storm continues to pound the southeastern U.S. coast with ferocity. With force approaching that of a hurricane, the storm brought a torrential downpour, high winds, and it has the potential to flood lowland areas.
Beryl hit Florida Memorial Day at about 12:10 a.m. near Jacksonville Beach. It also affected areas like Duval and northern St. Johns counties with winds at about 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Trees were downed, leading to over 38,000 residents now reported without power across the storm areas, according to the Jacksonville Electric Authority. Florida and Georgia are still being pounded by heavy rain. Governor Rick Scott advised Florida residents to stay abreast of any reports that surface to keep themselves safe. more >>
The National Weather Service predicted continued snowfall in the Northeast through midday Monday, with snow expected to hit West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Twelve inches of snow is expected to fall by the end of Monday, the National Weather Service predicted.
By mid-afternoon Monday, a foot of snow was reported at Laurel Summit in southwestern Pennsylvania, and eight inches of snow was reported in Somerset, Pa.
An unusually heavy spring storm dumped large amounts of much-needed rainfall along the East Coast of the U.S. over the weekend, and is expected to bring travel delays across the region through Monday.
The heavy storm, which is expected to move out of the region by Tuesday, brought rainfall to the unusually dry Atlantic seaboard but left some concerned that urban centers will face overwhelmed drainage systems.
Within the next 36 hours, snow is expected to hit regions in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Western New York. Forecasters estimate that anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow will fall in Buffalo, N.Y. more >>