The latest from the hurricane center has Sandy as a category 1 hurricane with winds at 80mph. From the image below you can see that Sandy has taken on some big time shear today and has lost all the convection around the center of circulation.... Thus pressure has been rising in the center of Sandy since all the convection has been pulling off to the north. T
he hurricane center talks about shear decreasing over the next 24-36 hours, but I think it will actually increase a bit..... then decrease significantly as it starts to drift back out towards the NE.... I think indirectly at this point in time Sandy DOES feel the effects of the northern and southern jet in the form of coupling and evacuating all the mass.... I think by Sunday afternoon Sandy will decrease in pressure rapidly down into the 930's then begin its transformation to extra tropical and turn back towards the west.