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Big Warm-Up... Showery Saturday... "Sandy" 1 Year Ago

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Updated: 10/28/2013 9:51 pm

After our nice taste of some true autumn weather, near summer-like temps. return later this week. The avg. highs is 77, the avg. low 55 but temps. will jump to near record highs Thu./Fri. well into the 80s. The record for Thu. is 86 set in 2009....Fri.'s record high is 88 set in 1961. Other than an isolated mainly coastal shower, I don't see any rain of much consequence this week.

So Halloween will be a toasty one with afternoon temps. in the 80s only slowly falling into the 70s through the evening under partly cloudy skies.

Our next shot at widespread rain will be late Fri. night into Sat. as a cold front rolls across the First Coast. Showers will spread from west to east rather quickly Sat. likely only a dropping a quick tenth to a third of an inch but locally as much as a half inch. Temps. will still be warm with fairly high humidity. Sunday is the "pick day" of the weekend as north winds behind the front will usher in cooler, much drier air with plenty of sun (remember we "fall back" one hour!).

It was 1 year ago on Oct. 29th when superstorm "Sandy" plowed into the mid Atlantic with an evening landfall on the New Jersey Coast inundating New Jersey & New York with a storm surge that's gone down in weather lore as of the fiercest of the modern era. Click ** here ** [go to the third option for a near surface time lapse of the wind speeds] for a unique time lapse of the storm courtesy NASA:

"Surface and near-surface (850 hPa) wind speeds from the NASA Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS-5) operational assimilation system (consisting of a 50-kilometer analysis coupled with a 25-kilometer model) beginning September 1, 2012 preceding a 7-kilometer global simulation with the GEOS-5 atmospheric model initialized at 09Z on October 26, 2012 reveal the massive size of Hurricane Sandy versus the other storms for this period, including the persistent Hurricane Nadine, as well as hurricanes Michael and Rafael. The 7-kilometer simulation depicts the strong onshore winds in New York and New Jersey even after landfall and the dramatic influence of the land surface slowing down Sandy's inland surface winds."

Click ** here ** to go to a post about "Sandy" I wrote last week on the anniversary of "Sandy" becoming a hurricane.

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