Meteorologists say computer models show Tropical Storm Sandy could head off to sea after becoming a hurricane before reaching New England early next week. Other models show the storm could take a different path.
The National Hurricane Center predicted Sandy will become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday when it hits Jamaica.
Meteoroglist Chris Lambert wrote on his 7News blog that Sandy will likely head for open waters of the Atlantic after hitting the Bahamas later this week, but it's early and there is a possibility the storm could head toward New England and strike this area next week on Monday or Tuesday.
These models are relying on a very usual set-up that, in part, rarely verifies a week down the line. That set-up would be the northern branch of the jet stream coming down and collapsing across the eastern 1/2 of the country with a rush of much colder than normal air all the way into the Deep South. In this case, the steering winds that is the jet stream, would capture Sandy and draw it back toward the coastline. As Sandy phases with the jet stream, it transitions into a power ocean storm that takes on more non-tropical characteristics with an expanding wind and rain field. It's the phasing part, and bringing the storm back that would be the most usual part that rarely verifies.
Lambert added it is too early at this point to accurately gauge Sandy's impact on the area, but it is something to watch.
"I don't want to be dismissive on it as there are some plausible arguments for this solution given the overall pattern," he wrote.