Science Monster "Frankenstorm" Aiming For The East Coast Of North America

Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Monster “Frankenstorm” Aiming For The East Coast Of North America

There is a monster storm coming our way, a storm that weather agencies don’t have models for because the “Frankenstorm” is actually the collision of three major weather systems.

Dubbed the Frankenstorm by forecaster Jim Cisco from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is being fueled by Hurricane Sandy, or what is left of it as if leaves the Caribbean, that will be reinvigorated as it makes its way up the East coast by an early winter storm from the West and a blast of cold Arctic air from the North.

However what is making this an exceptionally dangerous storm is that not only is it going to be hitting during the full moon and the resultant high tides but meteorologists believe that the storm could end up stalling and battering the coastal areas for as long as six days.

Two days ago they were predicting that there was only a 60% chance that the storm would hit as predicted – they’ve now upped that to a 90% chance. As Jim Cisco said to the AP –  “We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”

If the storm does live up to the predictions experts believe that the damages could reach the $1 billion mark and even the storm is not expected to hit areas like New York City and New Jersey until October 28 those areas are already making preparations. Mayor Bloomberg has opened an emergency situation room and Jersey Central Power & Light has told it’s employees to prepare for long shifts.

President Obama is receiving regular updates.

via io9 / National Weather Service website /  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



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