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As we move into the end of October and beginning colder months of November, the inevitable formation of nor’easter’s will become more and more common. Whether you like it or not, the first one of the season is already underway and set to impact the Northeast over the next 36 hours. A large swath of moisture has already gathered across the Mid-Atlantic and is spreading heavy rains and strong winds well inland from the storms center. As our nor’easter moves northward tonight it will gain strength and pack a bit more of a punch across the I-95 corridor as well as locations much further inland. The coastline can expect gusty winds to peak near or above 50 mph late tonight and tomorrow morning, with gusts above 30 mph extending back across central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. This will bring down some smaller trees and branches, in turn threatening power…

After well above-average temperatures dominating the eastern US for much of September and the first half of October, things will cool down significantly after today’s cold front/Tropical Storm Michael duo. A very refreshing shot of cool air will seep down from Canada later today and tonight, dropping temperatures down into the upper 40’s inland and mid to lower 50’s closer to the coastline for daytime highs on Friday. This will set the stage for possible wintry weather on Saturday as a weak clipper system quickly moves through the region. Overnight temperatures on Friday and daytime highs on Saturday will be even colder as the brunt of the cold airmass overtakes the entire Northeast region. Highs will struggle to reach the middle 40’s across much of western Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, while even the coast will barely pass the 50 degree mark. The highest elevations will remain around freezing…

For the last several days we’ve been watching a disturbed area of convection south of the Yucatan Peninsula show small signs of tropical development. Over the last 24 to 36 hours though, we’ve seen this cluster of convention become a fairly well organized tropical storm, gaining the name “Michael” in the process and nearly reaching hurricane status this morning with winds hovering around 70 mph. Things have quickly become quite worrisome for Michael. What many thought would be a weak tropical system making landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast now appears to have the potential to become a serious hurricane. Thus, rather than your normal 5 Thing to Watch This Week, we’ll be doing a special edition focused on Tropical Storm Michael and the significant impacts it may bring to Florida and the Gulf Coast later this week. Rapid Intensification Possible as Michael Nears Hurricane Status: Tropical Storm Michael will…