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Sandys swirl
Sandys swirl
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No longer a hurricane, but a hurricane-Nor'easter hybrid the colossal storm is still influencing the weather of every state east of the Mississippi River, indeed the clouds wind and chill here in Atlanta are the backside backlash from the storm. It will move slowly from PA into southeast Canada by Thursday only slowly winding down.

Packing 90 MPH winds, the storm broke wind water and pressure records dating back as far as 1803. 22 dead and counting, 8 million without power, damage estimates already $20 billion, damage from Maine to Georgia west to Illinois and Lake Michigan as the "Winds of November come early" as the Gordon Lightfoot song said. Certainly the storm was every bit as bad as forecast.

People without power will face low temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Here in Georgia the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the second day in a row and a freeze warning form tomorrow morning west of a line from Dawsonville to Fayetteville away from the perimeter.

Atlanta will stay dry into Saturday with temperatures slowly moderating so that 70 degree readings may be back for the weekend with a chance of rain late Sunday or Monday.

The 30-day weather outlook for November calls for near-normal to below-normal temperatures in GA. Our climate statistics (called month to season correlation and persistence) indicate that October and November weather patterns can give an early hint to what the winter will bring. So with a good chunk of the eastern US having a cool Sept and October and the big Nor'easter couple with a slight resurgence of El Nino this should have our attention for a yellow flag for winter 2012-2013.

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