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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Northeast Blizzard: Winter Version of Tropical Storm

December 26, 2010:  A powerful low pressure system is off the Virginia coast as we post at 4:00 pm.  Winds along the mid-Atlantic coast are expected to hit tropical storm force gusts (that is, 39 mph or greater).  This storm is also producing barometic pressure readings that are lower than some readings for named tropical cyclones.  

Right now, Central Park's National Weather Service station reports a barometic pressure of 29.54 inches and sustained winds of 16 mph.  The predicted sustained winds over the next 12 hours are expected to approach tropical force intensity and gusts are expected to soon reach over 40 mph and to approach 60 mph. 

Even worse, the Islip, NY station at 4:00 pm reported 29.39 inches (995 millibars) with sustained 30 mph winds and tropical storm force gusts already being recorded.

If this system were marching up the Atlantic coast in August, even if it were a "cold core" system, the intensity might prompt the National Hurricane Center to classify it as a "subtropical" storm and give it a name. (Compare these barometic pressure figures with the May 9, 2007 readings for Subtropical Storm Andrea showing 1001 millibars of pressure.)

Elsewhere, tonight's Vikings-Eagles game in Philadelphia was postponed from its original 8:00 Sunday night kickoff and rescheduled for 8:00 pm Tuesday night.  The National Weather Service reports current Philadelphia conditions including the same 29.54 inches of barometic pressure at 4:00 pm; however, the predicted winds and snow accumulation are not supposed to be anywhere as bad as those predicted for New York.

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