Weather trends to keep an eye on through Oc­to­ber

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Stephanie Si­gafoos

As tem­per­a­tures fi­nally take a more sea­sonal turn, Le­high Val­ley res­i­dents are be­gin­ning to an­tic­i­pate the first frost and the beauty of fall fo­liage across the area. But there are some other weather trends in Oc­to­ber.

The be­gin­ning of the month is con­sid­ered the unof­fi­cial start to a “sec­ond tor­nado sea­son.” And if it’s not se­vere weather out­breaks, it’s hur­ri­canes charg­ing up the coast as the At­lantic comes to life and me­te­o­rol­o­gists keep a close eye on ar­eas of dis­turbed weather.

From fun­nel clouds to snowflakes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, here are five weather trends to keep an eye on as we move through the next four weeks: That’s why me­te­o­rol­o­gists are still watch­ing for ar­eas of dis­turbed weather and why we should keep an eye on trop­i­cal de­vel­op­ments through Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

No one in this area will ever for­get Su­per­storm Sandy (Oc­to­ber 2012), which made land­fall in New Jer­sey and pum­meled Penn­syl­va­nia. Wind gusts topped 60 mph in our area, rip­ping down trees and power lines and leav­ing res­i­dents with­out power for more than a week in some ar­eas. There were 233 to­tal re­ported deaths from Sandy, in­clud­ing dozens in the mid-At­lantic and North­east, and dam­age that ex­ceeded $67 bil­lion.

An­other mem­o­rable Oc­to­ber hur­ri­cane, Hazel, struck in 1954. The storm ripped through cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia and its winds topped 80 mph in Al­len­town.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists from the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter say there could be a few dis­tur­bances worth watch­ing in the At­lantic com­ing up and are re­mind­ing ev­ery­one that hur­ri­cane sea­son is far from over.

It was also the largest sin­gle­day tor­nado out­break since June 2, 1998, when more than 20 tor­na­does touched down in the com­mon­wealth.

APRIL GAMIZ/THE MORN­ING CALL

A bird’s-eye view from a park­ing deck last Novem­ber af­ter a heavy snow fall on Hamil­ton Street in Al­len­town.

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