Strong coastal storm has me bound for Cape Cod

GFS model valid Sunday morning showing strong coastal storm impacting parts of New England

GFS model valid Sunday morning showing strong coastal storm impacting parts of New England

The relentless winter for New England continues this week and weekend as a series of storms affects the region with bitter cold, snow and the chance for a significant coastal storm. All of the elements are in place for what could be an infamous Valentines Day weekend ahead for places like Boston, Cape Cod, Portland and elsewhere across the region.

I am making plans now to head up to Cape Cod beginning later today to document and cover this storm event. The similarities to a hurricane are striking though the obvious differences mandate that I prepare adequately for the elements.

According to the latest discussions from the National Weather Service in Boston, it appears that all of the ingredients are lining up to produce a significant coastal storm with the potential for blizzard conditions across parts of southeast New England.

From what I have read, Cape Cod and vicinity would be in the cross-hairs for high wind, near zero visibility at times and the chance for coastal flooding along Cape Cod Bay.

Since I have equipment that is designed to withstand severe hurricane conditions, some of it relatively new coming right out of our own R&D work, I would like to test it when ever possible and this storm gives me that chance.

My plan is to head up to Cape Cod, probably staying in the Eastham area, arriving there by tomorrow night. I will stream live on our public Ustream channel for the duration of the trip and come Sunday morning, conditions are likely to be quite spectacular in the region. I will be able to provide up to the second wind data right from the anemometer mounted on the Chevy Tahoe. In addition, since the low pressure area is forecast to deepen rapidly as it passes by, I think it will be important to post that info from my barometer as well. Computer models are suggesting air pressure that rivals a solid category one hurricane – enough to create one heck of a winter storm. I just can’t pass this up, especially considering the historic nature to the winter season for New England.

I hope you will follow along. As I said, I will have the live cam running the entire time and will post pics and videos to Twitter, Instagram and our iOS/Android app. I look at it as an opportunity to practice things for the upcoming hurricane season – knowing that at least I am that much better prepared and it will be substantially warmer this summer too :-)

I will have more from the road beginning later this afternoon….

M. Sudduth 8:55 AM ET Feb 12

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