Sandy by the numbers: trying to comprehend a stunning disaster

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:19 PM GMT on November 01, 2012

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The immensity of the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Eastern U.S. is difficult to comprehend, and the scenes of devastation coming from the impact zone are stunning and heart-wrenching. To help understand the extraordinary scale of this historic storm, I've put together a list of notable statistics from Sandy:

Death toll: 160 (88 in the U.S., 54 in Haiti, 11 in Cuba)

Damage estimates: $10 - $55 billion

Power outages: 8.5 million U.S. customers, 2nd most for a natural disaster behind the 1993 blizzard (10 million)

Maximum U.S. sustained winds: 69 mph at Westerly, RI

Peak U.S. wind gusts: 90 mph at Islip, NY and Tompkinsville, NJ

Maximum U.S. storm surge: 9.45', Bergen Point, NJ 9:24 pm EDT October 29, 2012

Maximum U.S. Storm Tide: 14.60', Bergen Point, NJ, 9:24 pm EDT October 29, 2012

Maximum significant wave height: 33.1' at the buoy east of Cape Hatteras, NC (2nd highest: 32.5' at the Entrance to New York Harbor)

Maximum U.S. rainfall: 12.55", Easton, MD

Maximum snowfall: 36", Richwood, WV

Minimum pressure: 945.5 mb, Atlantic City, NJ at 7:24 pm EST, October 29, 2012. This is the lowest pressure measured in the U.S., at any location north of Cape Hatteras, NC (previous record: 946 mb in the 1938 hurricane on Long Island, NY)

Destructive potential of storm surge: 5.8 on a scale of 0 to 6, highest of any hurricane observed since 1969. Previous record: 5.6 on a scale of 0 to 6, set during Hurricane Isabel of 2003.

Diameter of tropical storm-force winds at landfall: 945 miles

Diameter of ocean with 12' seas at landfall: 1500 miles


Figure 1. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of Superstorm Sandy around 3:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (7:35 Universal Time) on October 30. This image is from the “day-night band” on VIIRS, which detects light wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The full Moon lit up the tops of the clouds. Image credit: NASA.



Figure 2. Preliminary death and damage statistics for Sandy as compiled by Wikipedia on November 1, 2012.



Figure 3. Precipitation from Superstorm Sandy for the 7-day period ending at 8 am EDT Thursday, November 1, 2012. Image credit: NOAA/NWS/AHPS.



Figure 4. Top five weather-related power outages in the U.S.



Figure 5. Strong winds from Sandy blow snow in West Virginia on October 30, 2012. Image credit: Beau Dodson


Sandy's snows
Several cities set records for snowiest October day on record during Sandy: Elkin, WV (7", previous record, 4.6" in 1917) and Bluefield (4.7", previous record 3.2" in 1993.) Heavy snows caused roof collapses in West Virginia, and snows of two feet or more fell in four states--West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, and Virginia. However, Sandy fell short of setting the all-time record for snowfall from a hurricane. The Vermont Journal estimated that the Snow Hurricane of 1804 dumped up to 4 feet of snow in Vermont.

36" Richwood, WV
34" Mount Leconte, TN
34" Sevier, TN
33" Clayton, WV
32" Snowshoe, WV
29" Quinwood, WV
28" Frostburg, WV
28" Davis, WV
28" Huttonsville, WV
28" Flat Top, WV
26" Redhouse, MD
26" Garret, MD
26" Craigsville, WV
24" Oakland, MD
24" Alpine Lake, WV
24" Nettie, WV
24" Norton, VA
24" Quinwood, WV
24" Alexander, WV

Links
Impressive loop of 1-minute visible satellite imagery spanning 6 days of Sandy's life.

A one-day time lapse video from a New York City webcam showing Sandy's impact on the city. It's eerie to see the city suddenly plunged into darkness.

First round of damage assessment aerial imagery collected by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey on Oct. 31 along the New Jersey coast.


Figure 6. Flooding in Haiti from Hurricane Sandy. Image credit: The Lambi Fund of Haiti.

Charities mobilize for Sandy
The outpouring of charitable donations in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy has been one of the bright spots in the gloomy aftermath of the storm. The main owners of The Weather Channel have agreed to match donations of up to $1 million to the American Red Cross, if you text SANDY to 90999 ($10). I also recommend my favorite disaster relief charity, Portlight.org. They are focusing their response efforts exclusively on the post-Sandy neeeds of people with disabilities.Check out the Portlight blog to see what they're up to; donations are always needed.

Sandy's greatest devastation occurred in Haiti, where rains of up to 20 inches in 24 hours unleashed rampaging flood waters that killed at least 54, left 200,000 homeless, wiped out thousand of acres of crops, and killed massive numbers of livestock. For impoverished families in Haiti still struggling to recover from the earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Isaac in August, Sandy was devastating.  These crops are the very essence of rural Haitian’s livelihoods, and there are fears widespread starvation will result. A disaster relief charity in Haiti that I've contributed to for many years, The Lambi Fund of Haiti, is seeking donations to help farmers purchase local seeds so that they can replant their crops in the wake of this latest terrible Haitian catastrophe.

Jeff Masters

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Hurricane Sandy, Davis, W.V. - photos taken by Beau Dodson
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Everyone has seen photos of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy that destroyed New Jersey, NYC, & Long Island as well as other areas on the East Coast. I am finally back on line after 4 days without power. It has been a long ordeal. My block was extremely fortunate. We didn't have any trees fall and no flooding but the entire area is devastated. This is a photo of a tree that fell between the street, smashed, the car, and blew out the tires. No one was hurt.
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Quoting floridaT:
never such a grand sight as seeing the power trucks coming down your block after a storm.
I remember after the Derecho when we did lose power the heat was just relentless.I was so happy to hear the trucks outside I nearly did back flips(That wouldn't be to wise considering I would have to take lots of advil afterwards.)The Derecho is what made Pepco better as that was the last straw for many people.Their wasn't to many nice e-mails/calls to them after the storm came through and people didn't have power for up to 2 weeks in some areas.The heat can go to people's head and make them act outragous.
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Quoting StormPro:


And they will be without power even longer thanks to their policies... Hundereds of power restoration workers turned back because they weren't union. Really? Seriously? Link


If that's true, it's surely an outrage. I've tried to look it up, and it's all over the web, but so far the only source I can find is a "utility worker" by the name of "Derrick Moore" who supposedly told this to a reporter from WAFF News channel 48 out of Huntsville, AL. Maybe it's just me, but I smell something fishy...
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Another that makes me think they really don't care about the victims of Sandy
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Quoting washingtonian115:
My power company did a fantastic job after horrible criticism for three striaght years in a row.

Thanks Pepco for not letting us down.For those that had lost power they quickly restored it and may I mention they were well prepared ahead of the storm.
never such a grand sight as seeing the power trucks coming down your block after a storm.
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Quoting percylives:


Karen, when I give a talk on CO2 added to the atmosphere from fossil fuels I use the numbers from a single gallon of gasoline. That produces approximately 20 pounds of CO2 which at standard temperature and pressure fills a bag of about 160 cubic feet. And that just happens to be close to my size standing with my arms extended. I do my little circle to show the audience that volume and then tell them that we burn about 3 billion gallons of petroleum per day worldwide so we make person-sized bags of CO2 for a little less than half of the population of the planet everyday. Then I let them know that that does not include the natural gas and, most importantly, the coal.

It appears that the main reluctance to admitting the problem stems from the fact that once you do see it and accept it into your worldview, it requires you to change your way of doing things. Change is what those who don't see the feces floating in the Ganges are really fighting. Storms like Sandy literally blow the feces into faces, making it impossible for those folks not to see and smell. Katrina was my Sandy.

I salute you for doing your part. My best...
I believe in global warming however how can 1 gallon of gas put 20 pounds in the air when 1 gallon dosnt weigh near that. does 2 molecules of oxygen add that much?
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Quoting StormPro:


And they will be without power even longer thanks to their policies... Hundereds of power restoration workers turned back because they weren't union. Really? Seriously? Link
My power company did a fantastic job after horrible criticism for three striaght years in a row.

Thanks Pepco for not letting us down.For those that had lost power they quickly restored it and may I mention they were well prepared ahead of the storm.
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Quoting yoboi:



do you use fossil fuels??? are you part of the problem??
He's answered that question several times. Of course he does just like everyone else but he has stated he does what he can to limit his carbon footprint. If everyone would do the same, we would at least be heading in the right direction.
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Quoting sar2401:

This is one time I really hope the models are wrong. Many areas still won't have power in a week, and a cold an snowy low is about the last thing those folks need to deal with. Most models at 7 days have been fantasy land stuff...except for Sandy. I'm hoping that they return to their usual loopy forecasts now.


And they will be without power even longer thanks to their policies... Power restoration workers turned back because they weren't union. Really? Seriously? Link
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Checking in from Massapequa, Long Island, NY. (Well, actually from work in Babylon).

I am thankful I wasn't south of Merrick Road. No damage to my house. I haven't had electricity since Monday night. I have some cash, batteries, and flashlights and gas top stove. I can't complain.

I really curse the media (listening to the radio)for adding to the hype about gas running out. The word of mouth spread quickly, and bingo. Can't find gas along my route to work. But you know what? I know as power comes back, the stations with gas will be able to pump. Just takes time. OMG...the people panicking. Crazy!

Probably the same people complaining that LIPA isn't restoring power fast enough...just so they can sit on their asses and watch TV.

On the other hand, so many people pooring out support to those who lost everything in the surge. One large group of Massapequa moms, who live north of the Merrick road disaster, have opened their homes to anyone who needs to do laundry, charge cell phones, hot meals, or just a cup of hot coffee. They are getting donations together of clothes, or toys, baby strollers, and other items to give to those in need.

Where there is bad, also remember there is good.

Can't believe a coastal storm may head this way....jeez. *faintly lol*
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348. atris
Quoting Neapolitan:
We're all part of the problem to varying degrees. And we're happy to have everyone be part of the solution. But if a person can't or won't do that, that's okay; they just need to step back out of the way before they get run over by the wheels of progress...


But what should we do ...I understand for example, that one transatlantic flight per person, on that flight equals the average person driving for a year . But If we use ships it would cause global Cooling. or are we supposed go back to pre 1850's living.

Theres an interesting piece that I remembered that was in The Guardian quite a while ago Link
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Quoting Grothar:


I don't think so. It seems a pulse of energy will be moving from the midwest and exiting somewhere off the coast of North and South Carolina and moving NE. It doesn't look very strong on the early model runs this morning.

You're right on the not-that-strong part
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Quoting StormPro:


I knew about the success of it with Isaac...I lived thru that lol...thanks! A new tool in the box is always better if it is reliable. With the changes to patterns we will need all we can get going forward


The FIM9 is also very good.
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Quoting yoboi:



do you use fossil fuels??? are you part of the problem??

The entire way of life for most developed countries is based upon the idea of unlimited, cheap energy from fossil fuels with no incentive for clean, sustainable energy. That means that all of us, as a collective, are part of the problem. As such, all of us, as a collective, will be the solution.

Trying to divert the topic away from the issue at hand toward someone whose livelihood uses any amount of fossil fuels ever completely misses the point, and is a loaded question - the implication is that if someone advocating for/against something is doing/not-doing that something, their statements have no merit. Of course this isn't truthful, and in this situation there is virtually no way to live in developed society as it currently exists without using fossil fuels and contributing to pollution and climate change. Although everyone can do their part, to actually make major changes to the predicted outcome, major changes need to be made to the cause.

The replacing of incentives for dirty, limited energy sources and with incentives for sustainable, clean energy competition. Continuation of tax credits for those who choose to mitigate their carbon footprint with wind/solar panels. Free market cap and trade systems. These are the foundational steps to how we can collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extend the lifetime of our energy sources, and mitigate climate change.
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Quoting AztecCe:
Are some of the models showing a tropical system in the carribean form then transition into a non tropical/ nor'easter in the mid-atlantic?


I don't think so. It seems a pulse of energy will be moving from the midwest and exiting somewhere off the coast of North and South Carolina and moving NE. It doesn't look very strong on the early model runs this morning.
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Quoting yoboi:



do you use fossil fuels??? are you part of the problem??
We're all part of the problem to varying degrees. And we're happy to have everyone be part of the solution. But if a person can't or won't do that, that's okay; they just need to step back out of the way before they get run over by the wheels of imminent change...
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Are some of the models showing a tropical system in the carribean form then transition into a non tropical/ nor'easter in the mid-atlantic?
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Quoting KarenRei:


Hmm, wonder if it's the same system that's making it howl outside my window here in Iceland!




For example, I try to help people envision how much CO2 their car is emitting by pointing out that the average passenger vehicle in the US emits 4760kg (4.76 tonnes) of CO2 per year (14k miles / 25mpg * 8.5kg/gallon) - well more than the weight of the car, a volume that would take up a cube 186 feet on each side (4760kg * 1000g/kg /22 molar mass ~= 216000m^3). Or to put that another way, a Hindenberg full of pre-industrial air contains 56 m^3 of CO2 (200000m^3 * 280/100000ppmv. With the CO2 your car puts out every year, you could double the CO2 levels in ~3850 Hindenbergs. Every year. If you drive your 25mpg car 14000 miles every year for 55 years, that's 212000 Hindenbergs. That's 212000 of these:




Karen, when I give a talk on CO2 added to the atmosphere from fossil fuels I use the numbers from a single gallon of gasoline. That produces approximately 20 pounds of CO2 which at standard temperature and pressure fills a bag of about 160 cubic feet. And that just happens to be close to my size standing with my arms extended. I do my little circle to show the audience that volume and then tell them that we burn about 3 billion gallons of petroleum per day worldwide so we make person-sized bags of CO2 for a little less than half of the population of the planet everyday. Then I let them know that that does not include the natural gas and, most importantly, the coal.

It appears that the main reluctance to admitting the problem stems from the fact that once you do see it and accept it into your worldview, it requires you to change your way of doing things. Change is what those who don't see the feces floating in the Ganges are really fighting. Storms like Sandy literally blow the feces into faces, making it impossible for those folks not to see and smell. Katrina was my Sandy.

I salute you for doing your part. My best...
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Quoting Neapolitan:
"Bathing in the Ganges". Perfect metaphor--and it would make a great title for a book about the denial of scientific fact.



do you use fossil fuels??? are you part of the problem??
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Quoting Grothar:


It has performed very well. I do not know the percentage. It is one of the models which I used to show Debbie moving east into Floria and stalling for two days, Isaac, which would move through the windward passage and go to New Orleans when other models had it moving up the East Coast. Also 6 days before this and the EURO had Sandy moving into Ocean County NJ, which I posted as early as Friday of last week. Unfortunately, it was correct.


I knew about the success of it with Isaac...I lived thru that lol...thanks! A new tool in the box is always better if it is reliable. With the changes to patterns we will need all we can get going forward
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Quoting StormPro:



Gro,
I know you have been watching this model all season...how much has it been right?


It has performed very well. I do not know the percentage. It is one of the models which I used to show Debbie moving east into Floria and stalling for two days, Isaac, which would move through the windward passage and go to New Orleans when other models had it moving up the East Coast. Also 6 days before this and the EURO had Sandy moving into Ocean County NJ, which I posted as early as Friday of last week. Unfortunately, it was correct.
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Quoting Grothar:
Here is the FIM8 models.




Gro,
I know you have been watching this model all season...how much has it been right?
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Quoting TomballTXPride:
Think Volcanoes Neapolitan and Karen.
What about them?
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Quoting KarenRei:


Hmm, wonder if it's the same system that's making it howl outside my window here in Iceland!



Almost.
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Quoting KarenRei:


Hmm, wonder if it's the same system that's making it howl outside my window here in Iceland!



Unfortunately, a large portion of the people you're talking to are Americans who don't believe in global warming. And believe really is the term to use here, because... well, I like to think of the Ganges. It's one of the most polluted rivers in the world. People bury their dead in it, bathe in it, their waste flows into it, trash ends up into it, etc. Yet you see pilgrims adamantly refusing to admit that it's polluted even though you can smell the stench and see the trash. To them, the river is a goddess; accepting that it's not healthy to get in the waters is just inacceptable, so they deny what's directly in front of their face.

It's simply not acceptable to a sizeable portion of the American population to accept that the burning of fossil fuels is altering the planet's climate. It doesn't matter what data you show them. Even if it's very visible examples.

For example, I try to help people envision how much CO2 their car is emitting by pointing out that the average passenger vehicle in the US emits 4760kg (4.76 tonnes) of CO2 per year (14k miles / 25mpg * 8.5kg/gallon) - well more than the weight of the car, a volume that would take up a cube 186 feet on each side (4760kg * 1000g/kg /22 molar mass ~= 216000m^3). Or to put that another way, a Hindenberg full of pre-industrial air contains 56 m^3 of CO2 (200000m^3 * 280/100000ppmv. With the CO2 your car puts out every year, you could double the CO2 levels in ~3850 Hindenbergs. Every year. If you drive your 25mpg car 14000 miles every year for 55 years, that's 212000 Hindenbergs. That's 212000 of these:

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Just from your car. And fuel burned in passenger vehicles is just a small fraction of the CO2 total. And you are but one person in a multitude. Yes, the atmosphere is big. But that's a LOT of CO2.

You can go through hoops like that, putting it in plain, easy to envision terms. But it doesn't make a difference. Because it's not acceptable for them to accept that *they*, all of us, are radically altering our planet. They don't want to, can't let themselves, see their car or their air conditioner as hurting the world around them that they care about - and they *do* care about it, the same as everyone else. And so, figuratively, they keep bathing in the Ganges as garbage floats by.
"Bathing in the Ganges". Perfect metaphor--and it would make a great title for a book about the denial of scientific fact.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Hurricane Sandy's death toll is, unfortunately, up to 170 this morning. That is 98 in the United States, 54 in Haiti, 11 in Cuba, and 2 each in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Canada. Jamaica is also reporting 1 death.

That is not good, not good at all. Hopefully no one else turns up dead but with all that happened I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the number continue to rise.
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Quoting barbamz:
Good morning from windy Germany.


Hmm, wonder if it's the same system that's making it howl outside my window here in Iceland!

Quoting barbamz:
Aside, this is what I've just found on "Science Daily":

Why Seas Are Rising Ahead of Predictions:
Estimates of Rate of Future Sea-Level Rise May Be Too Low


Unfortunately, a large portion of the people you're talking to are Americans who don't believe in global warming. And "belief" really is the issue here, because... well, I like to think of the Ganges. It's one of the most polluted rivers in the world. People bury their dead in it, bathe in it, their waste flows into it, trash ends up into it, etc. Yet you see pilgrims adamantly refusing to admit that it's polluted even though you can smell the stench and see trash, chemicals, etc. To them, the river is a goddess; accepting that it's not healthy to get in the waters is just inacceptable, so they deny what's directly in front of their face.

It's simply not acceptable to a sizeable portion of the American population to accept that the burning of fossil fuels is altering the planet's climate. It doesn't matter what data you show them. Even if it's very visible examples.

For example, I try to help people envision how much CO2 their car is emitting by pointing out that the average passenger vehicle in the US emits 4760kg (4.76 tonnes) of CO2 per year (14k miles / 25mpg * 8.5kg/gallon) - well more than the weight of the car, a volume that would take up a cube 186 feet on each side (4760kg * 1000g/kg /22 molar mass ~= 216000m^3). Or to put that another way, a Hindenberg full of pre-industrial air contains 56 m^3 of CO2 (200000m^3 * 280/100000ppmv. With the CO2 your car puts out every year, you could double the CO2 levels in ~3850 Hindenbergs. Every year. If you drive your 25mpg car 14000 miles every year for 55 years, that's 212000 Hindenbergs. That's 212000 of these:

Link


Just from your car. And fuel burned in passenger vehicles is just a small fraction of the CO2 total. And you are but one person in a multitude. Yes, the atmosphere is big. But that's a LOT of CO2.

You can go through hoops like that, putting it in plain, easy to envision terms. But it doesn't make a difference. Because it's not acceptable for them to accept that *they*, all of us, are radically altering our planet around them in a profoundly negative way for humans and other species. They don't want to, can't let themselves, see their car or their air conditioner as hurting the world around them that they care about - and they *do* care about it, the same as everyone else. And so, figuratively, they keep bathing in the Ganges as garbage floats by.

BTW, speaking of melt... here in Iceland this summer, for the first time in recorded history, Snfell's glacier receded to the point where the peak of the mountain could be seen sticking through. That's Snfell, literally a place called "Snow Mountain" in a country called "Iceland", the towering snowy cap that's a permanent part of Reykjavk's distant horizon on clear days... now no longer completely a snowy cap in the summer. At the rate it's receding, it's expected to lose it's entire glacier in 20-30 years. I guess they'll have to rename the "Extreme Chill: Undir Jkli" ("Below the Glacier") music festival to "Extreme Chill: Undir Felli" (Below the Mountain) :P Or move to a different glacier... although even our biggest is only supposed to last 200-300 years, and that's based on current melt assumptions, which are probably too optimistic.
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Hurricane Sandy's death toll is, unfortunately, up to 170 this morning. That is 98 in the United States, 54 in Haiti, 11 in Cuba, and 2 each in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Canada. Jamaica is also reporting 1 death.
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Everyone have a safe and great Friday!
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Good morning from windy Germany. I'm so sorry to read about the continious grim aftermaths of Sandy.

Aside, this is what I've just found on "Science Daily":

Why Seas Are Rising Ahead of Predictions:
Estimates of Rate of Future Sea-Level Rise May Be Too Low

ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2012) %u2014
Sea levels are rising faster than expected from global warming, and University of Colorado geologist Bill Hay has a good idea why. The last official IPCC report in 2007 projected a global sea level rise between 0.2 and 0.5 meters by the year 2100. But current sea-level rise measurements meet or exceed the high end of that range and suggest a rise of one meter or more by the end of the century.

"What's missing from the models used to forecast sea-level rise are critical feedbacks that speed everything up," says Hay. He will be presenting some of these feedbacks in a talk on Nov. 4, at the meeting of The Geological Society of America in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

One of those feedbacks involves Arctic sea ice, another the Greenland ice cap, and another soil moisture and groundwater mining.

More

And another one from Nov, 1th:
Long-Term Sea Level Rise in Washington, D.C. Could Have Significant Impact
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Good Morning..

the models still have not back off.. a east coast noreaster.

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Morning/Evening Baha and MahFL. It's 65 degrees here in my part of Louisiana, though we're to reach 84 today.
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Quoting Grothar:


I don't know if you are familiar with the area, but Staten Island is pretty hilly, but if I remember, most of the east coast of the island would have probably been a Zone A area. Most should have evacuated, but the devastation was far inland. Staten Island is quite large. I don't think they are getting the help they need fast enough.
IMO part of the problem with Staten Island is that the access points are in areas that have also been heavily impacted by the storm. Even getting in and out of there is a challenge from either NJ or NY...
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317. MahFL
Quoting BahaHurican:
Good morning all.

It's currently around 66 degrees and calm here in Nassau, which is a genuine WINTER type temperature in this here place... WHOOhoo!!!

Sandy seems to have put paid to the stiflingly hot and humid weather we experienced throughout September and October. I'm pulling out my jacket / coat with pleasure this morning...

Of greater concern is how residents of the storm-torn NE US will cope with plummeting temperatures.


Some will die.
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316. MahFL
Quoting bxkid:
Just wondering why Delaware was spared such damage from Sandy? The beaches seem to have limited damage compared to New Jersey!


Because the center of Sandy came ashore north of Delaware, so the winds blew the tide/surge out to sea, not inland like in NJ northwards.
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Good morning all.

It's currently around 66 degrees and calm here in Nassau, which is a genuine WINTER type temperature in this here place... WHOOhoo!!!

Sandy seems to have put paid to the stiflingly hot and humid weather we experienced throughout September and October. I'm pulling out my jacket / coat with pleasure this morning...

Of greater concern is how residents of the storm-torn NE US will cope with plummeting temperatures.
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kinda funny to say but we may see the greek alphabet this year.
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Quoting Grothar:


It is trying but it will not make it all the way down or even to the west. It could strengthen some though.

Here is the ECMWF image at 168 hours'



Gro is that valerie and william? or william and alpha?
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312. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #27
WELL MARKED LOW PRESSURE AREA, FORMER NILAM (BOB02-2012)
8:30 AM IST November 2 2012
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At 3:00 AM UTC, Yesterday's depression over southern Interior Karnataka and neighborhood weakened into a well marked low pressure area and now lays over northern Interior Karnataka and adjoining Rayalaseema. The system would likely weaken further during the next 12 hours.

This is the final tropical cyclone advisory from the India Meteorological Department
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Quoting bxkid:
Just wondering why Delaware was spared such damage from Sandy? The beaches seem to have limited damage compared to New Jersey!


Offshore flow.
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310. bxkid
Just wondering why Delaware was spared such damage from Sandy? The beaches seem to have limited damage compared to New Jersey!
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