Weather across the nation: 11/7/12

5:36 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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A winter storm, known as the nor'easter lifting along the East Coast, became the first major winter storm of the season this morning.

The storm continued to strengthen as it moved northward on Wednesday and brought very strong to damaging winds, storm surge, and swaths of rain, snow, and a wintry mix of precipitation to areas of the Upper Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Increasing north to northeast winds gusting to about 60 mph and a storm surge of 2 to 3.5 feet were expected along the coastal areas that were significantly affected by Sandy last week, including Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

In regards to precipitation, non-accumulating snowfall to up to an inch of snowfall was anticipated in the DC area and Baltimore, while heavier snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and locally higher interior amounts along with up to a tenth of an inch of ice were expected in southwestern New Jersey, northern Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania through Thursday morning.

The combination of strong winds, and heavy wet snow and rain increased the likelihood of new power outages across the Northeast. As of early Wednesday morning, 676,000 customers were still without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, rain and storm surge led to increased chances of coastal flooding through the day.

Elsewhere in the nation, a few areas of scattered showers developed in the Eastern Valley this afternoon, while a cold front pushed through the Northwest with cooler conditions and areas of rain showers.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................89 Palm Springs, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................86 Zapata, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................6 Saranac Lake, N.Y.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-40 Fairbanks Eiels, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................59 Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.56 Islip, N.Y.

ON THIS DATE.......

On this date in 1940, Galloping Gertie Bridge in Tacoma WA collapsed in high winds. It turns out the bridge spans were evenly spaced, causing the bridge to vibrate wildly with a regular frequency in high winds. Since then, bridges have been built with uneven spans.

The Associated Press

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