If anyone in the U.S. deserved a break from Mother Nature, the Sandy-ravaged northeast would be at the top of the list.
But it seems Mother Nature is not going to comply, as another strong Nor'Easter storm is set to pummel the area with more rain and wind.
The storm won't be anywhere near as strong as Sandy, but this storm will be potent enough to provide a reference point to just how incredibly strong Sandy was.
For one, this new storm has nothing to do with hurricanes or tropical energy. This is instead a classic Nor'Easter -- a set-up that was one part of the Sandy hybrid storm but this time around will go it alone.
Those in the New Jersey/New York areas can expect a round of heavy rains and strong winds gusting to about 30-50 mph -- maybe even some isolated 60 mph gusts near the water, especially Long Island and coastal Massachusetts. Additional new power outages are likely, and even though typically those wind speeds are mostly manageable, they are dealing with a lot of weakened and vulnerable structures in the hardest-hit areas. Really, not the best timing.
I had an idea to put this into perspective -- not to really diminish the power of this new storm but to really hit home how incredibly strong Sandy was.
This new storm's strength has an estimated central pressure of about 982-984 mb -- about on par with a decent, but not historical, northwest November windstorm - the kind we usually get 1-3 times a year that get gusts to 50-60 along the coast and 50-55 in the North Interior and 40-45 in the Puget Sound region.
Isolated to itself, the storm would knock out power to some and down some trees but imagine putting that storm on the heels of, say, the Hanukah Eve storm when we had 1 million already without power.
Plus they again have to deal with the heavy ocean surf that could cause some localized coastal flooding (although no big storm surge this time) and some snow in the inland areas.
But to really get the idea of how Sandy can compare, let's put this storm map up against Sandy, who had a central pressure in the low 940s.
Here is the current European forecast model for this new storm:
You can sort of count the rings around the low and get a central pressure of about 982-984-ish. (Each ring is 2 milibars)
Now, here is the model the day before Sandy hit:
The storm was so deep you can't even come close to determining the lowest pressure.
But still, any storm right now is the last thing they need.