Glancing Blow Wednesday

The nor’easter is out there but just far enough away so as to not be a major headache for the Chesapeake Bay region.

A beautiful satellite image of today’s storm, about 150 miles off the south New Jersey coast at midday.

The surface analysis above corresponds to the satellite image. The central pressure of the storm is approximately 29.53 inches. Winds close to the coast are gusting in the 20-30 mph range. Off shore steady winds are blowing in excess of 35 mph.

As was the thought yesterday, areas west of the Bay will be on the outer fringes of the precipitation shield with generally less than a half inch of rain likely. Some snow could develop although accumulation will likely be limited. Paved surfaces are still quite warm and melting on contact would prevail in most if not all areas around Baltimore. The northeast corner of Maryland and the DELMARVA Peninsula will be the most likely areas to experience any accumulation. The computer forecast below is an indication of the snow potential from this storm.

This storm will be a more significant problem for for New Jersey, New York and southern New England because of ongoing recovery efforts related to hurricane Sandy.

The upshot for the Chesapeake Bay region? We have been fortunate to be on the less severe side of two, close spaced, major storms. Can that kind of luck hold up into and through the winter?

Check out the latest forecast at

John Collins


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