Let's all sit down for this: The National Weather Service is predicting more weather of the extreme variety. A Nor'easter is "possible for Mid-Atlantic/New England states by Election Day into next Thursday," per the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center of College Park, Maryland. Nor'easter sounds like something we're not quite ready to deal with yet, but it will not be as monumental, it appears, as a Snor'eastercane. There may be a bit of snow, and some rain and wind, in the Northeast Wednesday and Thursday of next week, which is hardly ideal given the problems Sandy left the city and beyond, but it's also NOT a Frankenstorm, as the meteorologists are careful to warn us. Still, it's going to get colder, and we've still got people without power—and, even, without homes. Breezy Point does not need snow right now.
Tom Niziol of The Weather Channel explains soothingly, "Two important points to make here. At this time it looks as though coastal impacts would be farther north along the New England coast than we saw with Sandy. Snowfall would be confined to northern New England. Also, this system will not be anywhere as impactful as Sandy." AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity says, "The weather pattern remains volatile for another storm to form on the East Coast, but nothing like Sandy." It's "a storm that would be more normal for early November."
Still, given the cavalierness with which we first dismissed Sandy—this latest prediction is, as Daily Intel's Joe Coscarelli points out, via the European Centre Medium Range Forecast (EURO) model, the "same model that predicted Hurricane Sandy's path eight days before it hit" —we will be watching and hoping for the best. Weather gurus, you have our attention.