New England in Isaac's Future?
By Quincy Vagell on August 22, 2012, 4:00pm
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Above are the tracks for all August to October Tropical Storms and Hurricanes to directly impact New England. The highlighted track is Irene from last year.
There has been some talk and speculation about similarities between Isaac and Irene. Guess what, the current location of Isaac is nearly identical to where Irene was.
Does this mean that Isaac will move up the East Coast? Most likely, NOT.
There are some critical differences between Irene and Isaac, some of which have been discussed on WXedge.com. The key difference to remember is that Irene was heading NW from its position, whereas Isaac is moving W to WNW. This is a point that needs to be focused on.
Looking at the chart above, almost every single landfall in New England has involved a storm that developed and passed north of Isaac's current position. Also, the only storm to ever stay east of Cuba and still hit both Florida and New England was Hurricane Donna in 1960.
Let's take a closer look at Donna and other storms.