Noel Near Miss

Late season Tropical Storm Noel finally attained hurricane strength after cutting a swath through the Caribbean islands. It didn’t take long though for the storm to lose its’ tropical characteristics. Noel transitioned to a powerful nor’easter, skirting along the Mid Atlantic and Northeast coastline.

The storm was far enough off shore in the Mid Atlantic region that its’ effects were minimal. Gale and storm force winds prevailed along the Atlantic coast with wave heights up to 15 feet.

Significant rain stayed about 40 miles off the DELMARVA coast but radar showed sprinkles and drizzle over the Maryland counties of the Eastern Shore for a brief time on Saturday morning.

The outer cloud bands of the storm pushed as far west as Fredeick and Washington counties.

Winds were blustery most of the day Saturday and were strongest along the coast. Ocean City, MD recorded gusts to 40 mph. Tolchester Beach, on the Bay in Kent County recorded gusts to 30 mph. The peak gust on TV Hill was 19 mph. and BWI/Marshall recorded a gust to 23 mph.

As is typical with this type of storm, clear, dry conditions filled in as the storm moved northward. The greatest impact from the nor’easter will be felt along coastal New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada where winds could approach hurricane force and heavy rain is likely. Parts of Maine may even receive a little snow.

John Collins

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