Hold onto your hairpiece, Harry
The nor'easter that contributed to our stormy weather Thursday has moved to a position south of Cape Cod this morning. The storm shows up as the comma-shaped cloud in this infrared satellite image.
That has cleared our skies and turned the winds to the west. But as the storm intensifies, the steep pressure gradient between that low and high pressure building into the region this weekend means we're going to see the winds pick up later Friday and Saturday.
The National Weather Service's forecast office in Sterling, Va. is calling for west winds between 16 and 20 mph today, shifting to the northwest Saturday, between 15 and 21 mph - all with higher gusts.
Temperatures will reach the mid-60s today, dropping to the 40s overnight. Not good news for those of us trying to keep our hands off the furnace switch until Nov. 1. Anyone cave in to the chill yet?
Our place was hovering at 68 degrees this morning. We had to don the flannels last night. And the forecast calls for temperatures to slide next week, barely making it to 60 degrees during the daytime by mid-week. We're hoping that opening the SE window shades to the sunshine today will help us gain some solar heat.
Anyway, with all this wind, the NWS has posted small craft advisories for Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake for today, tonight and Saturday. Gale warnings may be needed if winds keep in increasing. More SCAs may be needed for Sunday. Boaters take heed. You can also expect very low "blowout tides" this weekend as the northwest winds shove water down the bay.
Meanwhile, the coastal storm, as predicted, is battering New England and sending snow into the higher altitudes of northern New England.
At the summit of Mt. Washington, in New Hampshire's White Mountains, the observatory is reporting temperatures in the upper 20s, with winds near hurricane force, gusting to 80 mph in snow.