Strongest Storm Globally Spins Off New England With Pressure Around 960mb Right Now!

Written by on March 26, 2014 in United States of America with 0 Comments

We have one hell of a storm currently spinning off the New England coast to the south of Nova Scotia with pressure estimated to be down around 960mb. We’re seeing incredible visible satellite imagery of the storm. Wind gusts offshore are currently clocking 80-101 mph.

Current visible satellite view. Wow!

Source: NOAA

Source: NOAA

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Check out this Atlantic surface analysis chart at 12z. Has storm at 961mb.

Source: NOAA

Source: NOAA

Check out this cool wind chart, TWN’s Kim MacDonald tweeted early this morning.

Wind analysis chart from early this morning! Via Kim McDonald

Wind analysis chart from early this morning! Via Kim McDonald

Here’s the 10 metre projected wind gusts from the ECMWF over the next 24 hours. Note the large area of 70+ knots south of Nova Scotia and east of Cape Cod. Model even suggests an area of 90 knots on the souther flank of the core!

12 hrs

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18 hrs

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24 hrs

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As I write this, there are reports coming in of 90 mph wind gusts in exposed Grand Étang on Nova Scotia while a buoy off Maine has just recorded a gust to 101 mph.

Here’s the graphic.

Via Mike Haggett

Via Mike Haggett

As the system gained incredible steam offshore off Virginia yesterday, we saw impressive snowfall throughout the Mid-Atlantic, even down into North Carolina. Washington Dulles Airport picked up 3.8 inches, setting a new record. That’s pretty amazing to see that kind of accumulation when the average temperature in DC now is around 60 degrees and you’ve got a September strength sun. Pretty rare stuff.

MAJOR fuel factor with this storm was the 5C above normal water temperatures just offshore.

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As well as the snow yesterday and through last night, it’s COLD!

Here was the lows this morning. Yet another brutally cold night up in International Falls, MN. Kinda getting a little late in the season for -17! Also note that it got down into the 20s all the way to central Georgia. 30s, North Florida…

Source: weather.com

Source: weather.com

Here’s a great graphic via Ralph Fato showing both pressure with monster low offshore and the current, brutal wind chills over the Northeast. Feeling like January 26, not March 26!

Courtesy of Ralph Fato (Follow him @WeatherNut27)

Courtesy of Ralph Fato (Follow him @WeatherNut27)

By tomorrow morning the monster will be pulling away from New England and winds should begin to ease down throughout the Northeast. Another cold start on the way, especially as winds drop.

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Projected lows off ECMWF tomorrow AM.

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GFS Thursday AM lows.

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Likely to see more cold records fall today and tomorrow morning.

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