For a while it seemed that Hurricane Sandy victims could just not catch a break after a nor’easter hit last week and with another predicted to hit on Thanksgiving Day. But current forecasters now show that the predicted storms will actually be replaced with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. The large change is due to a considerable amount of high pressure over the Mid- Atlantic and Northeast.
This puts New York in the safe zone but the bad weather is currently affecting Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with coastal flooding. The National Weather Service reports that wind gusts up to 40 MPH are expected through Sunday in these areas. North Carolina’s transportation department suspended all state operations because strong, steady winds have pushed water toward the mainland and resulted in extremely low water. The large low-pressure area linked with the storm has been moving north gradually but has since slowed down and is predicted to come to a halt before it comes near New York’s low lying areas like Staten Island.
Foreseeing coastal weather in advance is unpredictable, relying on a large amount of deductive reasoning and frequently they are a bit inaccurate.
The Farmers Almanac predicted this season to be “unusually cold and stormy weather”, forecasting lots of rain and snow. On Saturday there is still some talk of some type of rain, but the National weather Service is calling it “a small sprinkle”.
This winter the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted it to be colder and drier than normal with snowfall below normal in the north. The coldest periods are predicted to be from Christmas through early January, mid February. The snowiest periods will be in mid December. The Farmer’s Almanac proves to be trusted when last winter it called for colder than average conditions in the mid Atlantic and northeast during December and January and warm conditions during February hitting the actual weather head on.