Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.
A Sandy Sunday
I know the title’s really lame but with all the Sandy-related coverage (which is a good thing!) I ran out of ideas.
Meanwhile the rain is approaching and at the moment a strong outer rain band stretches from the Tidewater region northeastward across the Eastern Shore. As indicated elsewhere on the Fredericksburg.com site the ‘Burg is under a High Wind Warning valid from noon Monday through 8 pm Tuesday as well as a Flood Watch valid from late tonight through Tuesday. Also for the tidal Potomac a Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from Monday night through Tuesday, and I’d expect some tidal effects on the Rappahannock River as well even as the heavy rains swell the river.
Fortunately for Fredericksburg the center of the approaching maelstrom will stay to the east and north of the area before hitting the DE/NJ coastline. Unfortunately for the New York City area that is not good news as the following HPC text regarding storm surge potential bears out:
"LONG ISLAND SOUND AND RARITAN BAY INCLUDING NEW YORK HARBOR...6 TO 11 FT"
That could be a nightmare scenario for the densely populated metropolitan New York area to go along with their expected high winds.
Meanwhile here’s the latest rainfall graphic that shows the ‘Burg firmly in the 4-6 inch range for the upcoming event:
Please treat this situation with respect and care for your safety and well-being. The vast majority of the media coverage has been very accurate and is not over-hyping the seriousness of this storm.