It might be worth clicking back on the Weather Journal blog for October 2012 (linked here) to remember what we were experiencing a year ago today as Superstorm Sandy was coming ashore in New Jersey. You don’t have to scroll down far on this link to see several posts related to Sandy. While the New Jersey/New York shoreline caught the brunt of Sandy’s wind/waves, and parts of West Virginia got the bulk of the unusual snow, Sandy caused snow to fall in the New River Valley and points westward (several inches in spots west of Interstate 77) and produced tropical storm force winds along the Blue Ridge (40 mph sustained wind, 60 mph gust at Roanoke Regional Airport). The “superstorm” was caused by Hurricane Sandy becoming captured by a polar trough and drawn inland at an unusual angle into the Jersey shore. That region is still recovering a year later. Truly an epic event in our nation’s weather history —
three four months to the day after the June 29, 2012 derecho.
Local weather will continue to be mild with some chances of showers today and Wednesday as a strong storm system gathers in the central U.S., affecting us by late Thursday into Friday.
I’ll have news about another anniversary with Wednesday’s Weather Journal column and an accompanying blog post.