Archive for October, 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE
PROGRESS OF HURRICANE SANDY. THE LATEST OFFICIAL FORECAST TRACKS
THE CENTER OF SANDY OVER EXTREME SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY OVERNIGHT.
HIGH WIND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE REGION AND A
FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF EASTERN NEW YORK AND ALL
OF ADJACENT WESTERN NEW ENGLAND. AS A REMINDER…IT IS IMPORTANT
NOT TO FOCUS ON THE EXACT CENTER AND TRACK OF SANDY AS THIS STORM
WILL BE QUITE LARGE AND POWERFUL.
FLOODING IMPACTS…RAINFALL COULD BE EXCESSIVE ACROSS PORTIONS OF
EASTERN NEW YORK AND ADJACENT WESTERN NEW ENGLAND…ESPECIALLY
ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN. IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD PRONE
AREA…BE PREPARED IN THE EVENT OF A FLASH FLOOD OR MANDATORY
EVACUATION. LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS AND BE
ESPECIALLY ATTENTIVE TO ROAD CLOSURES.
DAMAGING WIND IMPACTS…WIND GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH ARE
EXPECTED IN THE VALLEYS…AND UP TO 75 MPH OVER THE HIGHER
TERRAIN. THESE WIND SPEEDS WILL RESULT IN DAMAGE TO TREES AND
POWER LINES. ITEMS LEFT OUTDOORS MAY BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
PROJECTILES. ALSO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED.
COMMUNICATIONS…OUR MEDIA PARTNERS…SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE
INTERNET WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED. YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 1. WEB PAGE WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ALBANY
2. FACEBOOK WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/US.NATIONALWEATHERSERVICE.ALBANY.GOV
AND 3. TWITTER TWITTER.COM/NWSALBANY.
Please remember that 9-1-1 is reserved for requests for emergency assistance. During the October 16th earthquake, 900 people in New Hampshire called 9-1-1. None needed emergency assistance, but the system was at capacity, putting people with real emergencies in jeopardy. Please follow news outlets and government sites for information updates.
Entire state continues to be under a High Wind Warning, Flood Watch for most of the state, Coastal Flood Warning for Rockingham County
A Weather Advisory is issued if after review of pertinent weather information it is determined that escalating emergency conditions may be possible.
Today, the impacts from Hurricane Sandy will begin. The impacts are listed below, separated by type. The forecast includes the period through Tuesday afternoon in order to cover the entire storm.
Rainfall: Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be widespread across the region. Localized totals of 3-4 inches canâ€™t be ruled out. The heaviest rain should be from 3pm Monday through 2am Tuesday for areas south of the Lakes Region and 6-8pm today through 8-10am Tuesday across areas of the state north of the Lakes Region. We should see the heavier rain taper to scattered showers that will be lighter after 10 am through the day on Tuesday.
Wind: Widespread damaging winds will be possible over an extended period of time. Winds will continue to gradually ramp up Monday morning. The strongest wind period should be from noon Monday through about 2am Tuesday morning. During this time, the New Hampshire Seacoast should see sustained winds of 25-45 mph, with gusts of 45-60 mph. Expect sustained winds of 25-40 mph, with gusts of 40-55 mph across the interior areas of the state. The interior winds should be strongest along the higher elevations. Winds should gradually settle down after 2am Tuesday morning. We should see peak gusts of 30-40 mph across the region by morning and this should hold through most of Tuesday. The winds should continue to settle down later Tuesday.
Thunder: Low amounts of lightning will be possible from 3pm to 10pm Monday and from 10am Tuesday to 8pm Tuesday. In addition, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out during these times. The chances of this will be 5%.
Storm surge: Onshore winds will bring an enhanced risk of coastal flooding across the New Hampshire Seacoast at times of high tide. The storm surge should peak at 3-5 feet from 3pm Monday through 11pm Monday. There should be two periods of significant coastal flooding with the high tides. The first will be from 9am this morning through 3pm this afternoon with a max around noontime. We should see minor coastal flooding during the day Monday. Minor or moderate coastal flooding could also occur from around 6-7pm this evening through 3am tonight with a max around midnight.
…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 11 AM EDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 11 AM EDT
TUESDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS…ALL OF EAST CENTRAL NEW YORK AND ADJACENT WESTERN
* HAZARDS…STRONG AND DAMAGING WINDS.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH IN VALLEY
LOCATIONS AND UP TO 75 MPH ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN.
* TIMING…STRONG WIND GUSTS WILL PICK UP MONDAY MORNING AND WILL
CONTINUE UNTIL TUESDAY MORNING. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GUSTS WILL
LIKELY OCCUR BETWEEN MONDAY EVENING AND MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY
* IMPACTS…STRONG WINDS WILL LIKELY BRING DOWN TREES AND
POWERLINES…WITH WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE. THESE
DOWNED TREES MAY IMPEDE TRAVEL. ALSO ANY LOOSE OBJECTS CAN
EASILY BE PROPELLED WITH THE STRENGTH OF THE EXPECTED WIND. SOME
DAMAGE TO POORLY MADE STRUCTURES IS POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF
THE HIGH TERRAIN.
FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* A POWERFUL COASTAL STORM RESULTING FROM HURRICANE SANDY WILL
AFFECT THE AREA WITH HEAVY RAINFALL FROM MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
NIGHT. TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE GENERALLY EXPECTED TO BE 2 TO
4 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE SOUTHEAST
ADIRONDACKS…SOUTHERN GREEN MOUNTAINS OF
VERMONT…BERKSHIRES…AND LITCHFIELD HILLS…WITH UP TO 6
INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS NORTHEAST FACING SLOPES OF THE CATSKILLS.
VALLEY LOCATIONS SUCH AS THE MOHAWK AND HUDSON VALLEYS CAN
EXPECT AROUND 1 TO LOCALLY 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL.
* RUNOFF FROM THE HEAVY RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO FLOODING OF MAIN
STEM RIVERS…STREAMS…AND POOR DRAINAGE LOCATIONS. TIDAL
FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER FROM POUGHKEEPSIE
NORTHWARD TO ALBANY. LEAVES MAY CLOG STORM DRAINS…WHICH
COULD CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOOD PROBLEMS. IF HEAVY RAIN FALLS
WITHIN A SHORTER AMOUNT OF TIME…THERE WOULD BE A RISK OF
ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING AS WELL.