Tropical systems finding new life as a hybrid or baroclinic low-pressure system seem to be a trend in recent years along the East Coast. It happened in a big way last October when a polar trough absorbed Hurricane Sandy and created infamous Superstorm Sandy. And November 2009 saw Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico eventually reconstituted into a powerful nor’easter that came to be known as “Nor’Ida.” October 2013 is going to give us a reincarnated Karen. It was largely a failure as a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, but its old spin plus an upper-level trough is spinning up a new coastal low that will cause much more wind and rain than the original Karen ever thought about. This coastal low won’t come close to the strength of Sandy and probably not Ida either, but what it lacks in power it will make up for persistence, as it drifts northward from off the Southeast Coast to near Cape Hatteras and dawdles around for days. The major reason it isn’t going anywhere fast is the blocking pattern in the northern Atlantic, as a strong low southeast of Greenland becomes trapped between high pressure systems and creates a near-Congressional level of gridlock in the atmosphere. So, for coastal areas along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coasts, there are days and days of wind, surf and rain on the way … several inches of rain in some areas, likely focused on the Delmarva Peninsula. For Southwest Virginia, we will be on the fringe of its moisture, but the persistent northeast wind flow around it will bank Atlantic moisture and cool air against the mountains, leading to increasingly cloudy, drizzly, damp weather during the day Wednesday and continuing through Friday, and perhaps beyond. Areas west of Interstate 77 will see less of the low’s effects, and may even see breaks of sun and somewhat warmer temperatures as the mercury struggles (and possibly fails) to climb into the 60s along the Blue Ridge and in the Roanoke and New River valleys. The low may eventually dawdle more north or east and get us out of its effects a little bit by the weekend, but as we mentioned yesterday, it’s going to put a kabosh on any effort for warm, dry weath to return before a new cold front arrives next week.