Weather trends to keep an eye on through October
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.
A bird’s-eye view from a parking deck last November after a heavy snow fall on Hamilton Street in Allentown.