Irene hits New Jersey and New York; Jose threating Bermuda; 92L forms

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:45 PM GMT on August 28, 2011

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Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey ten miles north of Atlantic City at 5:30 am EDT, as a minimum-strength Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. Irene is only the second hurricane since 1851 to hit New Jersey. At 9 am EDT, Irene made a third U.S. landfall over Long Island, NY, and New York City, as a tropical storm with 65 mph winds. Top wind gusts measured in New York City were 60 mph at Central Park at 3:58 am; 67 mph at La Guardia at 4:10 am; and 59 mph at JFK Airport at 1:33 am. A 91 mph gust was recorded in Sayville, NY on the Central Long Island coast, at 7:02 am. Emergency managers reported that the nearby town of Lindenhurst (population 28,000), on the south side of Long Island, was mostly under water due to a storm surge. The storm surge at The Battery on the southern shore of Manhattan reached 4.0 feet, overtopping the sea wall in several locations. Fresh water run-off from Irene's torrential rains, riding on top of a 3 to 4-foot storm surge, allowed the swollen East and Hudson Rivers to overflow at the edges of Manhattan. Irene's rains have now ended in New York City, after accumulating to 7.60" at Central Park. This brings total rainfall for the month of August in New York City to 19.68", making it the wettest month in the city since record keeping began in 1869. The previous record was 16.85", set in September 1882. Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ have also set all-time wettest month records, thanks to Irene's rains. The 19.40" of rain that has fallen in Philadelphia this August is probably the most rain any major city in the Northeast, U.S. has received since 22.43" fell in Newark, NJ in August 1843, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt.


Figure 1. Storm surge at The Battery on the south end of New York City's Manhattan Island as of noon EDT Sunday, August 28, 2011. The green line is the storm surge, which is the difference between the observed water level (red line) and what the water level should have been without the hurricane (blue line). At 4:45 am, the storm surge peaked at 4.0 feet. The surge declined to about 3 feet during the high tide cycle, then rose again to near 3.9 feet as the tide started going out. Image credit: NOAA Tides and Currents.


Figure 2. Total rainfall over the past 30 days along the mid-Atlantic coast and New England has topped 15 inches (purple colors) in many areas, making August the wettest month in recorded history for the cities of Philadelphia, Newark, and New York City. Image credit: NOAA/AHPS.

Irene's rains bringing significant river flooding
Irene brought more than eight inches of rain to a long stretch of the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to New York. NOAA's Significant River Flood Outlook is showing that significant river flooding is already occurring along coastal regions of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and is expected to spread to Eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York, Western Massachusetts, and most of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The 1903 Vagabond Hurricane
The only other hurricane to hit New Jersey since 1851 was the 1903 Category 1 Vagabond Hurricane. According to Wikipedia, the Vagabond Hurricane caused heavy damage along the New Jersey coast ($180 million in 2006 dollars.) The hurricane killed 57 people, and endangered the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was sailing on a yacht near Long Island, NY, when the hurricane hit. New Jersey only rarely gets hit by hurricanes because it lies in an portion of the coast that doesn't stick out much and is too far north.


Figure 3. The path of the 1903 Vagabond Hurricane, the only other hurricane to hit New Jersey since 1851.

Tropical Storm Jose forms
Tropical Storm Jose formed this morning in surprise fashion, managing to maintain enough heavy thunderstorms in the face of very high wind shear of 40 - 55 knots to become the season's tenth named storm. Jose does not have long to live, due to the strong upper-level winds from Hurricane Irene that are creating the shear. Jose will likely bring strong winds near tropical storm force later today when it passes just west of Bermuda. Satellite loops show that there is very little heavy thunderstorm activity associated with Jose, and Bermuda will see much less rain than is usual for a tropical storm passing so close.

Elsewhere in the tropics: Invest 92L forms
A strong tropical wave located off the coast of Africa, about 200 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands, is moving west at 10 mph, and has been designated Invest 92L by NHC this morning. This system has a large amount of heavy thunderstorm activity and moderate amount of spin, and appears likely to develop into a tropical storm later this week, as all of the computer models are developing it. NHC is giving 92L a 40% chance of developing into a tropical depression by Tuesday. This storm will be moving more slowly across the Atlantic than Irene did, and will take at least 6 days to reach the Lesser Antilles Islands. Forecast tracks from the long-range GFS and ECMWF models suggest that Bermuda might be the only land area threatened by 92L, but it is too early to be confident of this.

Hottest day in Houston's history
The mercury hit 109°F (42.8°C) yesterday at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, tying September 4, 2000 as the hottest day in the city's history. Yesterday was the also the hottest August day on record in Houston, besting the 108°F reading of August 18, 1909. This year, Houston has set its record for all-time hottest temperature, most 100° days in a year (36, old record was 32, and 4 is normal), and most consecutive 100° days (24, old record was 14.) Weather records in Houston go back to 1889. Houston needs 20.18" of rain to get to normal levels of rainfall for the year. Today's high is predicted to be 107°F in Houston, so yesterday's record may be in danger of being broken today. By the end of the week, Houston is expected to cool down below 100°, and a weather pattern conducive for bringing summer rains will move in.

I'll have a new post Monday morning.

Jeff Masters

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i say 92L is really is now a TD
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Thanks DontAnnoyMe, done.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Billy Stinson (R) is comforted by his friend David Alan Harvey as he looks over the remains of his cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina. The cottage, built in 1903 was destroyed yesterday by tropical storm Irene. Picture: AFP


*Hurricane Irene*
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2298. JGreco
Quoting AussieStorm:

Your not kiddin, I have added about 70 handle to my ignore list and the Hurricane season isn't over yet.

YPHOON Nanmadol has slammed into Taiwan, closing schools, workplaces and government offices.

It has dumped more than half a metre of rain in the mountainous south, where vulnerability to catastrophic landslides prompted the evacuation of some 8000 people.

Nanmadol made landfall just before daybreak today in Taidung county in the remote south-east and headed toward heavily populated coastal areas on the west coast. It is packing winds of 108km/h, down from earlier peaks almost twice that high.

It is expected to pass about 200km south of Taipei before heading for the Taiwan Strait and the


Yeah I went from only 2 to 20 in a week. It was getting annoying. But I appreciated Dr. Masters personally stepping in earlier today to ban someone himself. It showed how crazy it had gotten at one point.
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Quoting texascoastres:
nofailsage---- every road out of houston from galveston was in the same situation--- where are you located


West U. for the time being, I'm not totally sure what my best path out is. Either I take the freeway or I slug it north on the side streets. Shepherd would probably be a no-go.
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Quoting AllStar17:


Firefox.



ok
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Quoting AussieStorm:

You can change how many comments you see. I have mine set at Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted


Thank you! I'll keep that in mind.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



your welcome by the way what do you ues for going on line with IE firefox?


Firefox.
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Quoting JGreco:


Wow...what's up with all the trolls...Been on here since 2005 and this is the worst since...:0 Back to the weather forum:)

Your not kiddin, I have added about 70 handle to my ignore list and the Hurricane season isn't over yet.

YPHOON Nanmadol has slammed into Taiwan, closing schools, workplaces and government offices.

It has dumped more than half a metre of rain in the mountainous south, where vulnerability to catastrophic landslides prompted the evacuation of some 8000 people.

Nanmadol made landfall just before daybreak today in Taidung county in the remote south-east and headed toward heavily populated coastal areas on the west coast. It is packing winds of 108km/h, down from earlier peaks almost twice that high.

It is expected to pass about 200km south of Taipei before heading for the Taiwan Strait and the
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I just wrote a blog on the tropics, if anyone wants to look.

I am out for now. I will probably be back a little later. See ya guys later.
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2290. Bielle
Quoting victoriahurricane:
I feel left out, I didn't get one :(


From what we hear from others, I'm grateful.
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Quoting Tijer:
As was suggested yesterday. If you need to Evacuate an area, many times you are better off on the back roads out of town instead of the major freeways. Most people in the area only know the freeways/ expressways not the state and county roads that were there first.
During Rita... every road was clogged. There was nothing open. We were on I10, trying to get to my parents in Alabama. Thirty-eight hours for what is typically a 12 hour drive. our one proud moment was when things got clogged between Houston and Beaumont - we took off on a side road and ended up in a deserted Beaumont. Drove right through and probably saved two hours.
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Quoting reedzone:
My hometown Mastic Beach is under water.. It's not normal. Irene will go in the record books, a historic storm for the Northeast. Just to give you some tweets from people I know who went through this storm.. so that you think this was no joke..

Jason Kerman from Mastic Beach, NY: It's definitely the worst storm I've seen, I'm just thankful that it weakened enough before it got to LI. Still really bad winds and rain though. We didn't lose power at my house but many on LI did

My brother in Center Moriches, NY: They evacuated everyone under Montauk Highway, Mastic Beach is completely under water right now, something we haven't seen in years.

News 12 Long Island, NY: With more than 400,000 Long Islanders without power, and officials warning that outages could last days, some people are looking for creative ways to pass the time. News 12's Shari Einhorn spotted this "roller-chuter" in Long Beach.

Photos of damages from Hurricane Irene on Long Island, NY


i worked on long island for 8 months in 1986. lived right across the street from the city marina. spring tide full moon our street would flood.
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the gfs is comeing in
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Off to bed nite all
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
I guess I have 'arrived' in wunderground. I got a really nasty, ugly email from BethanyWoowoo too. I pity her.


If you ban a member from your blog, that member will be unable to WUmail you.
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2282. JGreco
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Dr Jeff needs to ad to his Wak-a-Troll list.


Wow...what's up with all the trolls...Been on here since 2005 and this is the worst since...:0 Back to the weather forum:)
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Quoting victoriahurricane:
I feel left out, I didn't get one :(

I didn't get one either. Would anyone that got one, car to share. Sharing is caring ya no. lol
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nofailsage---- every road out of houston from galveston was in the same situation--- where are you located
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Quoting AllStar17:


Yes, I will Taz. Sometimes the pages go so quickly that I don't know if anybody sees them. Plus the last page was so stretched by that person who posted those videos. Thank you for your feedback!

You can change how many comments you see. I have mine set at Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted
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Quoting katadman:


I inspected a home in WPB after Wilma. In the back yard was an oak tree which had been blown over by the front half of the storm. The back side of the hurricane up-righted the tree and it survived. The owner only had to attach guy-wires in order to steady it until the roots reset themselves in the soil.



Wow, that is pretty cool!
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Quoting texascoastres:



different areas have different roadways designated as evac routes


It just seems like the only one you hear about is 45. Granted, that was where they had to open an impromptu contraflow access.
Quoting texascoastres:


As a newcomer to the Houston area and one who did not have to deal with the evacuation from either Rita or Ike, were the surface streets any better than the freeways? Or was it bedlam regardless?
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Quoting AllStar17:


Yes, I will Taz. Sometimes the pages go so quickly that I don't know if anybody sees them. Plus the last page was so stretched by that person who posted those videos. Thank you for your feedback!



your welcome by the way what do you ues for going on line with IE firefox?
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Good evening y'all. Just another day in paradise around here.



Firefighters Battle Forest Fire
August 28, 2011 8:17 PM
Ashley Gaston

Several area fire departments battled a Sunday afternoon wildfire in northwest Jasper County. Two separate fires were reported at about 3:30 in the area of County Road 32 near Recreational Road 255, and State Highway 63 West.

When firefighters arrived, they reported that a few houses were in danger and they began asking residents to leave, but they were soon able to gain control of the blaze.

At last word, approximately 150 acres was burning in the larger fire, and about 50 acres were involved in the smaller fire.

The volunteers of the Angelina River, Lake Rayburn, Jasper, and Tri-Community Fire Departments, along with the Texas Forest Service all joined forces to fight the flames.

There is no word on what caused the blaze. Firefighters have been fighting fires in that area, almost daily, for about two weeks.


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Quoting Tazmanian:



the graphics are good but can you plzs may be slow down a little on posting them i cant talk for evere one but i find it a little tad annyouing seeing them evere 5 sac or so



but other then that graphics look vary good

Maybe he don't know you can edit a comment even after it's been posted.
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Quoting stormwatcherCI:



This one was torn up by Ivan and believe it or not they managed to save it. This is the old Government Admin Building.


I inspected a home in WPB after Wilma. In the back yard was an oak tree which had been blown over by the front half of the storm. The back side of the hurricane up-righted the tree and it survived. The owner only had to attach guy-wires in order to steady it until the roots reset themselves in the soil.
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Quoting FLdewey:


LOL - it was nice, yet strange and invited me to "push the envelope" with my posts.

Apparently it didn't mean post it's name... cause it send a nasty gram.

BethanyWoowoo

BethanyWoowoo

BethanyWoowoo


;-)
Dr Jeff needs to ad to his Wak-a-Troll list.
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A little bit of back pressure on the sewer system in Kingston, upstate NY





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I feel left out, I didn't get one :(
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Quoting Tazmanian:



the graphics are good but can you plzs may be slow down a little on posting them i cant talk for evere one but i find it a little tad annyouing seeing them evere 5 sac or so



but other then that graphics look vary good


Yes, I will Taz. Sometimes the pages go so quickly that I don't know if anybody sees them. Plus the last page was so stretched by that person who posted those videos. Thank you for your feedback!
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Quoting nofailsafe:


It just seems like the only one you hear about is 45. Granted, that was where they had to open an impromptu contraflow access.


All of the freeways were backed up during Rita but 45 was the only on the news because it is the main roadway out of houston 59, 290, I10 and 35 were all the same
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2266. JLPR2
GFS seems to initialize 92L weaker than it is and the spin on the coast as the strongest area.

I dont believe 92L is that weak.
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2265. ncstorm
Quoting FLdewey:


LOL - it was nice, yet strange and invited me to "push the envelope" with my posts.

Apparently it didn't mean post it's name... cause it send a nasty gram.

BethanyWoowoo

BethanyWoowoo

BethanyWoowoo


;-)


LOL..I got one too..
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Ignored Name #100: HappyLebronica2012
Sorry Dude, your vids were just destroying the blog.
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Quoting AllStar17:
REPOST: 11:00pm Advisories
The Latest
Good night, Irene
*Click graphic to magnify (graphic is also able to be magnified in Link window by clicking on it)



Note: I always appreciate and welcome comments and feedback on the graphics.



the graphics are good but can you plzs may be slow down a little on posting them i cant talk for evere one but i find it a little tad annyouing seeing them evere 5 sac or so



but other then that graphics look vary good
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I guess I have 'arrived' in wunderground. I got a really nasty, ugly email from BethanyWoowoo too. I pity her.
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2261. Tijer
As was suggested yesterday. If you need to Evacuate an area, many times you are better off on the back roads out of town instead of the major freeways. Most people in the area only know the freeways/ expressways not the state and county roads that were there first.
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A backyard shed floats down a side street as a result of flooding from hurricane Irene August 28, 2011 in Montauk, New York. Source: AP


A bicyclist makes his way past a stranded taxi on a flooded New York City Street as Tropical Storm Irene passes through the city, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Source: AP


A police officer is parked at the end of a flooded street in Brooklyn...Seawater surged into the streets of Manhattan on Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious wind and rain. Source: AP


People take photos of a car parked on the flooded intersection of West Broadway and Grand St. in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. Source: AP
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REPOST: 11:00pm Advisories
The Latest
Good night, Irene
*Click graphic to magnify (graphic is also able to be magnified in Link window by clicking on it)



Note: I always appreciate and welcome comments and feedback on the graphics.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
HappyLebronica2012 your vids are massively stretching the blog. just link your vids please.


He's a troll - iggy and refresh.
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2257. Tijer
From the Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion at the NHC

GULF OF MEXICO...
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OVER THE ERN CONUS EXTENDS INTO THE NRN GULF OF MEXICO FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE TO NE MEXICO SUPPORTING A STATIONARY FRONT THAT EXTENDS FROM LOW PRESSURE OVER SRN GEORGIA ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE NEAR 30N85W TO ERN
TEXAS ALONG 28N89W 30N94W. WHILE MOSTLY DRY AIR ALOFT COVERS THE BASIN...ISOLATED SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS ARE S OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY S OF A LINE FROM NEAR TAMPA FLORIDA TO THE BAY OF CAMPECHE NEAR 23N98W. STRONGER ACTIVITY IS ACROSS THE YUCATAN PENINSULA NEAR A SURFACE TROUGH ALONG 21N89W TO 17N90W. EXPECT THE FRONT TO REMAIN RELATIVELY STATIONARY OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS IT WEAKENS. THE SURFACE TROUGH OVER THE YUCATAN IS EXPECTED TO DRIFT WWD WHICH WILL BRING A HIGHER CHANCE OF SHOWER ACTIVITY TO THE BAY OF CAMPECHE. HIGHER MOISTURE VALUES CURRENTLY OVER THE CARIBBEAN ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE SE GULF
INCREASING THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS.
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Quoting texascoastres:



different areas have different roadways designated as evac routes


It just seems like the only one you hear about is 45. Granted, that was where they had to open an impromptu contraflow access.
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Billy Stinson (R) is comforted by his friend David Alan Harvey as he looks over the remains of his cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina. The cottage, built in 1903 was destroyed yesterday by tropical storm Irene. Picture: AFP
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HappyLebronica2012 your vids are massively stretching the blog. just link your vids please.
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Quoting nofailsafe:


Did anyone think of taking 59 or 290?



different areas have different roadways designated as evac routes
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Quoting reedzone:
My hometown Mastic Beach is under water.. It's not normal. Irene will go in the record books, a historic storm for the Northeast. Just to give you some tweets from people I know who went through this storm.. so that you think this was no joke..

Jason Kerman from Mastic Beach, NY: It's definitely the worst storm I've seen, I'm just thankful that it weakened enough before it got to LI. Still really bad winds and rain though. We didn't lose power at my house but many on LI did

My brother in Center Moriches, NY: They evacuated everyone under Montauk Highway, Mastic Beach is completely under water right now, something we haven't seen in years.

News 12 Long Island, NY: With more than 400,000 Long Islanders without power, and officials warning that outages could last days, some people are looking for creative ways to pass the time. News 12's Shari Einhorn spotted this "roller-chuter" in Long Beach.

Photos of damages from Hurricane Irene on Long Island, NY




It was bad here in VA, worst flooding and damage since Isabel.
Largest power outage across the state since Isabel as well.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
test
fail
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