I don't want to take away attention from the east coast of the US where the brunt of this hybrid storm is heading. The combination hurricane and winter storm collision nicknamed Frankenstorm is poised to cause major problems for the folks of the most densely populated section of our nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
But here in Cleveland where the storm is just going to skirt us we do have some issues. Over four inches of rain are to fall on us. It maybe wise to prepare your basements for flooding right now.
Then there's the waves that are projected out on Lake Erie. I've been watching the local weather reports, reading the paper and no one is talking about the massive waves we're likely to see. A friend on Facebook, an avid surfer, clued me onto the marine forecast.
Here's what NOAA is saying this morning.
...STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... .TODAY...NORTH GALES TO 35 KNOTS INCREASING TO 45 KNOTS. RAIN SHOWERS. WAVES BUILDING TO 10 TO 14 FEET. .TONIGHT...NORTH STORM FORCE WINDS TO 50 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHWEST 50 KNOTS. RAIN. WAVES 15 TO 20 FEET. .TUESDAY...NORTHWEST STORM FORCE WINDS TO 50 KNOTS DIMINISHING TO 45 KNOT GALES BY AFTERNOON. RAIN. WAVES 18 TO 22 FEET SUBSIDING TO 14 TO 18 FEET LATE. .TUESDAY NIGHT...NORTHWEST GALES TO 35 KNOTS DIMINISHING TO 30 KNOTS OVERNIGHT. RAIN. WAVES 10 TO 14 FEET.
You might want to read that again. That's right 20 foot waves or more. It's mind blowing.
I've never seen such a phenomenon here in Cleveland and I don't plan to miss it. Look for me to be down by the lake shore tonight and tomorrow at some point.