Hurricane Lee is expected to pass perilously close to Maine and over the Canadian Maritimes this weekend, and its large circulation will swipe eastern Massachusetts on Friday night, per the National Hurricane Center.
Threat level: Computer model runs, fed with data from hurricane hunter aircraft, depict the storm moving in a generally northward motion and then hooking closer to the U.S. coast as it turns into a Nor’easter type storm this weekend.
Of note: The storm may make landfall in or near the Bay of Fundy, which meteorologist Jeff Berardelli notes has the highest tidal range in the world at nearly 50 feet.
State of play: Hurricane Lee is a large storm and growing further, with hurricane-force winds extending out to 115 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds reaching a radius of 265 miles.
Between the lines: The storm track forecast is within the window when forecast errors tend to be lower, but shifts of about 115 miles to the east or west could still occur based on the accuracy of past forecasts.
Zoom in: Meteorologists at the National Weather Service forecast office in Boston stated their concerns about Lee in their local discussion Wednesday morning.
The intrigue: Maine is likely to see the strongest winds, largest waves and heaviest rains.
The bottom line: Hurricane Lee is unlikely to be just a “fish storm,” destined to stay at sea, after all.