At this instant, pray for the East of the United States

On January 13, 2016 Light of Mary put out a call to pray for the East of the United States of America. Her request said ‘at this instant’. Not sure of what this could mean.

“At this instant, pray for the East of the United States; sin reigns in some States.”

Maybe, Light of Mary was referring to the potential storm that will hit the East Coast of the US later this week: January 22-23, 2016. Forecasters have not yet determined the impact or power of the first major snowstorm of 2016. But some are saying that 1-2 feet of snow could fall.

The European model used for forecasting weather is suggesting heavy snow over the Northeast January 23, 2016.

We are becoming more confident that a major, potentially historic snowstorm will impact the East Coast later this week. The potential for all-out blizzard conditions is also on the table.

While we could be looking at very heavy snow, we are becoming very concerned about 2 aspects of this storm:

Winds in excess of 40-50mph are possible, especially near coastal areas. Such winds can bring down tree limb and/or wires. Beyond normal winter storm preparations, people in vulnerable areas should put together a plan for prolonged power outages in case they happen.

The Wolf Moon arrives with the storm, and that full moon could exacerbate coastal flooding concerns with tides running 1.5ft+ higher than normal. Unfortunately, New Jersey and Delaware may get the brunt of coastal flooding and strong, possibly damaging winds …above/beyond heavy precipitation.

The energy responsible for this eventual storm is currently over the Pacific Ocean in an area where there is poor coverage of weather observations and conditions. Without detailed data coming into forecast models that aid meteorologists with their forecasting, forecast model output can be well off. Tomorrow night we expect more and much needed data to be sampled as this area of concern moves into an area with better coverage. Once that data comes in late tomorrow night, we will be able to determine if we can issue a snowfall forecast map.

In addition to better understanding snowfall amounts, we will also be able to share our thoughts on precipitation types. There will be a rain/snow/mix line somewhere and with this additional data coming in tomorrow night, we will be better armed to tell you where that precipitation will be.

We will keep you updated as important data and information arrives. Stay safe and be storm ready!

Weatherboy Weather's photo.


About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at:
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2 Responses to At this instant, pray for the East of the United States

  1. Mary says:

    Praying for the east coast to be prepared for bad weather to stay home and keep animals inside.

    Keep them safe and warm. Amen.

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