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 aislinnpaps:
Gas lines are bad as far away as the Catskills. My sister saw a 'short' line and figured she'd just go to another station. Now she knows that short line would have been wonderful compared to the others she found. The ones that still had gas...

Unfortunately, this is another result of poor pre-planning. All the normal surplus supply of gas is ending up stored in vehicle gas tanks. In normal circumstances, most people fill up when their gas gets to between a half and a quarter of a tank. Now, with everyone freaked out, people will fill up at any opportunity, even if they are only a few gallons down. A rationing plan, like limiting purchases to 10 gallons and allowing purchase based on an odd-even plan nased on the last number on your license plate, should have been ready to go and put in place immediately. This is not the first time there has ever been a gas crisis anywhere, but it seems like lessons from the past are easily forgotten.
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*Note:Edited this post as it may be considered spamming..

Water vapor Conus
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Quoting Grothar:
Here is the FIM8 models.

Gosh looks so small and insignificant compared to Sandy. Still a decent storm though, Sandy was just a freak.
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Quoting Grothar:


The damage on Fire Island is devastating. The island was beached but not sure exactly where. There is very bad damage in Long Beach, the Rockaways and Lindenhurst and a number of other places. I am not sure why there hasn't been more coverage.



there is always
more to the picture
than meets thee eye
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Quoting Grothar:


The damage on Fire Island is devastating. The island was beached but not sure exactly where. There is very bad damage in Long Beach, the Rockaways and Lindenhurst and a number of other places. I am not sure why there hasn't been more coverage.


Thanks Grothar....I haven't been able to find much information.... Long Island hasn't gotten much national attention....
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Quoting lhwhelk:
Actually, as I read on the news this evening, the military IS working on food, water, rescue, electrical repair, and helping decide what to do with the subway tunnels, including bringing in pumps.
Correct, both Army engineering battalions and the Army Corps of Engineers are working with other agencies to start dewatering the flooded subway tunnels. They are some of the best in the world at this kind of work, but it will take many days to develop and implement a plan. One of the biggest challenges is where to put all the water that will be coming out of the tunnels. You just can't pump it into the streets, and some of it have to be treated as hazardous waste.
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Here is the FIM8 models.

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My daughter is good friends with a firefighter in NY. She finally was able to reach him today. He lost his home, his mother lost her home, and his grandparents lost their home! YET, he is still out there working to help others! God bless him! My daughter said that she had never heard him cry before! He is a good strong man, brought to tears now! May god help all that have been effected by Sandy!! This just breaks my heart!
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I think there's a real chance Sandy will get upgraded to a major in post season analysis, not when she was off the East Coast but when she was in the Caribbean. I base a lot of it off this microwave pass:



That is the type of core signature a major hurricane usually displays, and Sandy only continued to organize, and at a fairly rapid rate, between the time that was taken and her landfall on Cuba. We'll see I guess. The NHC kind of hinted that she may have been stronger than indicated in one of their discussions also.

EARLIER THIS MORNING...SANDY MADE LANDFALL JUST WEST OF SANTIAGO DE
CUBA AS A STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE. CUBAN RADAR DATA AND
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATED
THAT SANDY HAD A WELL-DEFINED 20-24 N MI DIAMETER EYE WHEN IT MADE
LANDFALL. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED MAXIMUM 700-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS
OF 117 KT AND BIAS-CORRECTED SFMR SURFACE ESTIMATES OF 91-92 KT. A
BLEND OF THESE DATA YIELDS A SURFACE WIND ESTIMATE OF 99 KT...JUST
BELOW MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS. THE MAIN REASON WHY SANDY WAS HELD
JUST BELOW MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS WAS DUE TO THE SUSTAINED 68-KT
WIND AND GUST TO 99 KT THAT OCCURRED AROUND 0517Z. HOWEVER...
STRONGER WINDS MAY HAVE OCCURRED LATER WHEN THE SOUTHEASTERN
PORTION OF THE EYEWALL MOVED ONSHORE...WHICH IS THE QUADRANT WHERE
THE 117-KT FLIGHT-LEVEL WIND WAS OBSERVED. THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF
90 KT IS BASED ON WIND DECAY MODELS FOR HURRICANES OVER LAND.


well it looked like one

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Quoting duckingfast:
Flipping channels for news of Sandy and forecasters are predicting another Nor'easter? Can it possibly be?

No forecasters are predicting a Nor'easter. There are a few models that show a low off the east coast around five days from now, but many of the models aren't picking up on this at all. For right now, it's something to pay attention to, but not time to push the panic button.
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This is one of the FIM models for Nov 7-8



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Quoting CosmicEvents:
I think we need the military to come in immediately as a basic backstop providing food/water and next week it couldn't hurt if the military brought in some assets to pump out those subway tunnels and get things flowing in 2-4 weeks instead 4-12 weeks.
Actually, as I read on the news this evening, the military IS working on food, water, rescue, electrical repair, and helping decide what to do with the subway tunnels, including bringing in pumps.
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Quoting duckingfast:
Flipping channels for news of Sandy and forecasters are predicting another Nor'easter? Can it possibly be?

I saw this on our local station tonight. Houston is expecting and hoping for cooler temps soon but our forecaster showed that some models have becoming this one or the next front becoming a noreaster. I pray not.
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Quoting SarasotaToo:
SyriboTigereyes, is Fire Island fully devastated?


The damage on Fire Island is devastating. The island was beached but not sure exactly where. There is very bad damage in Long Beach, the Rockaways and Lindenhurst and a number of other places. I am not sure why there hasn't been more coverage.
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Gas lines are bad as far away as the Catskills. My sister saw a 'short' line and figured she'd just go to another station. Now she knows that short line would have been wonderful compared to the others she found. The ones that still had gas...
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Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
It's so crazy here on Long Island, as everyone has heard and seen.. just like the other states. The gas shortage/crisis is unbelievable. No one can get gas. The lines have 100 cars or more waiting.. most stations are just out of gas or out of power. My neighbors no longer are able to use their generator.

We are still fairing well. We heard the earliest the power on our block will come on is Tuesday.. maybe. But we have our wood stove and A LOT of wood keeping us warm. And we prepared. But I'm always prepared for a devastating event with over 30 gallons of bottled water, bags and bags of shelf stable and canned goods. Today I even cleaned our dishes by boiling water in the pots on the stove and using that, since we can't use the water from the faucet.

I'm grateful to be able to come to my friends in Queens to shower, charge my things, eat a nice dinner, etc. I even dragged my huge computer tower and monitor here so I can use it when I come, and transfer my videos to my iPad to watch.

The looting is scary, as is the gas situation. But I am so thankful for our health, our house being in once piece, even our boat being fine. No power is an annoyance, but people lost their lives, their homes, everything.. and my heart goes out to all of them.
Thanks for the report.
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Combined with other on the ground reports I'm hearing and a knowledge of the area and conditions in other areas what we have here is a whole lot of people in a compressed area in a desperate look for the very basic necessities...food/water...there's still 100K+ in NYC alone that are going to face day 4(the day all the food spoils) after with no food/water and no emergency infrastucture in place so far....this adds up to me as a possible civil disaster. I think we need the military to come in immediately as a basic backstop providing food/water and next week it couldn't hurt if the military brought in some assets to pump out those subway tunnels and get things flowing in 2-4 weeks instead 4-12 weeks. I see a bad weekend coming up from Long Island to NYC to New Jersey and it's occurring the weekend before the election. I would hope that the governors of NJ, NY, CT all make a formal request for assistance of this type(it's a touchy issue) sooner than later. I'm afraid if they wait too long it'll turn the manageable situation it is now into an unmanageable one that needs martial law declaration early next week.
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Quoting SyriboTigereyes:

Thanks for the reply too! I don't think any one area should get more attention than any other. We all were so obviously devastated, especially the coastal towns. But since I haven't been able to get on the computer until yesterday for a few hours and today, or watch the news at all since the storm, I haven't seen anything. I was so curious to know if we were actually being talked about.

I have to say, seeing the news for the first time last night here at my friends apartment.. I was in shock. I knew it was bad, but seeing the pictures and videos for the first time after days? It was shocking.

I meant its NYC and New Jersey... sorry i ready ur post wrong... I haven't heard anything about Long Island
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I think there's a real chance Sandy will get upgraded to a major in post season analysis, not when she was off the East Coast but when she was in the Caribbean. I base a lot of it off this microwave pass:



That is the type of core signature a major hurricane usually displays, and Sandy only continued to organize, and at a fairly rapid rate, between the time that was taken and her landfall on Cuba. We'll see I guess. The NHC kind of hinted that she may have been stronger than indicated in one of their discussions also.

EARLIER THIS MORNING...SANDY MADE LANDFALL JUST WEST OF SANTIAGO DE
CUBA AS A STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE. CUBAN RADAR DATA AND
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATED
THAT SANDY HAD A WELL-DEFINED 20-24 N MI DIAMETER EYE WHEN IT MADE
LANDFALL. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED MAXIMUM 700-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS
OF 117 KT AND BIAS-CORRECTED SFMR SURFACE ESTIMATES OF 91-92 KT. A
BLEND OF THESE DATA YIELDS A SURFACE WIND ESTIMATE OF 99 KT...JUST
BELOW MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS. THE MAIN REASON WHY SANDY WAS HELD
JUST BELOW MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS WAS DUE TO THE SUSTAINED 68-KT
WIND AND GUST TO 99 KT THAT OCCURRED AROUND 0517Z. HOWEVER...
STRONGER WINDS MAY HAVE OCCURRED LATER WHEN THE SOUTHEASTERN
PORTION OF THE EYEWALL MOVED ONSHORE...WHICH IS THE QUADRANT WHERE
THE 117-KT FLIGHT-LEVEL WIND WAS OBSERVED. THE INITIAL INTENSITY OF
90 KT IS BASED ON WIND DECAY MODELS FOR HURRICANES OVER LAND.
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Quoting Doppler22:

Wait sorry said something wrong.... They are talking about NYC and New Jersey... I actually haven't heard anything about Long Island
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Quoting Doppler22:

Both kind of equal.... its mainly the subways in NYC and the towns of Hoboken and Seaside Beach, NJ

Thanks for the reply too! I don't think any one area should get more attention than any other. We all were so obviously devastated, especially the coastal towns. But since I haven't been able to get on the computer until yesterday for a few hours and today, or watch the news at all since the storm, I haven't seen anything. I was so curious to know if we were actually being talked about.

I have to say, seeing the news for the first time last night here at my friends apartment.. I was in shock. I knew it was bad, but seeing the pictures and videos for the first time after days? It was shocking.
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Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
I was wondering, are people hearing much about Long Island on the news and stuff? Or is it mainly NJ they are speaking about?
NO.
News from Long Island is scarce.
I've seen hours of pics of the NJ coast but only about 5-10 minutes total about Long Island. What can you tell us of the situation where you are? I'm particularly concerned, because I grew up along the south shore of Long Island, close to the Rockaways.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Technically...

11. Political comments are allowed, as long as they're in reference to science, science policy, or the blog topic.

Link

I know... i just dont want all the other political stuff on here that i sometimes see........ as for me I try to stay out of anything political on here
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Quoting aislinnpaps:


Bappit,
They were interviewed on tv, showing their stores and homes. There really isn't any question as to the source.

Evening all.

Thank you for the info.
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Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
I was wondering, are people hearing much about Long Island on the news and stuff? Or is it mainly NJ they are speaking about?

Both kind of equal.... its mainly the subways in NYC and the towns of Hoboken and Seaside Beach, NJ
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Quoting Doppler22:
Ok....... even though the tropics are relatively quiet.... can we keep politics OFF the blog please??? CLimate Change is fine.... Everything else in politics does not belong on this blog until................................. Never... So no matter who u like Obama or Romney or Neither... Opinions for this deserve to be on political blogs... NOT weather blogs. Thank you and lets try to have a political free night on the blog from now on

On a weather note: i hope that Nor' Easter in the models doesnt come up to the east coast... thats the last thing we need

Technically...

11. Political comments are allowed, as long as they're in reference to science, science policy, or the blog topic.

Link
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Quoting Doppler22:
Ok....... even though the tropics are relatively quiet.... can we keep politics OFF the blog please??? CLimate Change is fine.... Everything else in politics does not belong on this blog until................................. Never... So no matter who u like Obama or Romney or Neither... Opinions for this deserve to be on political blogs... NOT weather blogs. Thank you and lets try to have a political free night on the blog from now on

On a weather note: i hope that Nor' Easter in the models doesnt come up to the east coast... thats the last thing we need

Not to burst your bubble, but some political comments are allowed.
11. Political comments are allowed, as long as they're in reference to science, science policy, or the blog topic.
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Quoting bappit:
Trouper.


Thanks bappit..
My teachers years ago knew I would not be a writer..LOL
I know it's a "quirk" you have about grammer..
Keep up the good work.. :)
Edit..went back and corrected the spelling..I felt so guilty..LOL
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SyriboTigereyes, is Fire Island fully devastated?
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Fine...... i know there is a thing saying there can be political talk on science and such.. but keep it to that... no other political stuff please

On another note: i hope that Nor' Easter in the models doesnt come up to the east coast... thats the last thing we need
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Trouper.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Yeah, shame, would of been good. Rick will be on the show next week.


Thats a definite watch..
Rick Schwartz is quite the historian on land falling East Coast storms..
I won't miss it..
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Quoting SarasotaToo:

Ahh okay, thanks for replying! I was wondering because I had a feeling LI wouldn't be talked about much, even though it was devastated on the shore line. Especially Rockaway Beach, Breezy Point, Freeport, and so many other places. At least we've gone from about 960,000 without power to 630,000 without power.
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Quoting bappit:

So I really don't know what their stories are.


Bappit,
They were interviewed on tv, showing their stores and homes. There really isn't any question as to the source.

Evening all.
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Karma for comment #42!
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Flipping channels for news of Sandy and forecasters are predicting another Nor'easter? Can it possibly be?
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Quoting pcola57:


Rick Schwartz couldn't make it tonight..
He's got a few prob's with connections but he's cranking out a show anyway..a trooper.

Yeah, shame, would of been good. Rick will be on the show next week.
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Quoting SyriboTigereyes:
I was wondering, are people hearing much about Long Island on the news and stuff? Or is it mainly NJ they are speaking about?blockquote>

Mostly NJ and Staten Island now.....
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Starting in 5minutes

The Barometer Bob Show for November 1, 2012.
This weeks show will be a review of Hurricane/Superstorm/Frankenstorm Sandy. The guest will be Rick Schwartz, author of Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States.
We will discuss "Hurricane" Sandy and it's impact on the Mid Atlantic and New England. Could this storm have been better warned? Are we more responsible for the safety of lives then history or records? Listen Live and Please share your views in StormChat. I'm there now.

The Barometer Bob Show airs live every Thursday night at 8PM/ET.

With your host, Robert Brookens, the Barometer Bob Show has been a weekly weather related Internet program since May of 2001. It is the only weather related Internet broadcast that has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognition's.

There have been many notable guests (including Dr Masters), and topics over the years. So join us every Thursday night at 8PM/ET on the Weather Radio Broadcast Network.



Rick Schwartz couldn't make it tonight..
Bob's got a few prob's with connections but he's cranking out a show anyway..a trouper.
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I was wondering, are people hearing much about Long Island on the news and stuff? Or is it mainly NJ they are speaking about?
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Quoting popartpete:
Hello again to my blog friends. Sandy devastated my home. It's unliveable. My business at Hiering Avenue and the Boardwalk was washed to sea. My community (Seaside Heights, New Jersey) took Sandy's surge like the atomic bomb. EVERYTHING IS GONE!!!!


I am so sorry, Pete! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

TWC interviewed a few people.

So I really don't know what their stories are.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Austin Tx tied their all time high of 88 today for Nov 1.
I noticed there were a number of high temperature records set in Texas today, and tomorrow looks like a near-repeat of today's very un-November-like weather:

Texas
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It's so crazy here on Long Island, as everyone has heard and seen.. just like the other states. The gas shortage/crisis is unbelievable. No one can get gas. The lines have 100 cars or more waiting.. most stations are just out of gas or out of power. My neighbors no longer are able to use their generator.

We are still fairing well. We heard the earliest the power on our block will come on is Tuesday.. maybe. But we have our wood stove and A LOT of wood keeping us warm. And we prepared. But I'm always prepared for a devastating event with over 30 gallons of bottled water, bags and bags of shelf stable and canned goods. Today I even cleaned our dishes by boiling water in the pots on the stove and using that, since we can't use the water from the faucet.

I'm grateful to be able to come to my friends in Queens to shower, charge my things, eat a nice dinner, etc. I even dragged my huge computer tower and monitor here so I can use it when I come, and transfer my videos to my iPad to watch.

The looting is scary, as is the gas situation. But I am so thankful for our health, our house being in once piece, even our boat being fine. No power is an annoyance, but people lost their lives, their homes, everything.. and my heart goes out to all of them.
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Quoting bappit:

I don't doubt that someone said that, but what really is the source?

I have had to deal with people who lie as a matter of course in the past. If I knew more about the background of the people making these claims then I might give the claims more weight--or might not.

TWC interviewed a few people.
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Starting in 5minutes

The Barometer Bob Show for November 1, 2012.
This weeks show will be a review of Hurricane/Superstorm/Frankenstorm Sandy. The guest will be Rick Schwartz, author of Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States.
We will discuss "Hurricane" Sandy and it's impact on the Mid Atlantic and New England. Could this storm have been better warned? Are we more responsible for the safety of lives then history or records? Listen Live and Please share your views in StormChat. I'm there now.

The Barometer Bob Show airs live every Thursday night at 8PM/ET.

With your host, Robert Brookens, the Barometer Bob Show has been a weekly weather related Internet program since May of 2001. It is the only weather related Internet broadcast that has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognition's.

There have been many notable guests (including Dr Masters), and topics over the years. So join us every Thursday night at 8PM/ET on the Weather Radio Broadcast Network.

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Quoting popartpete:
Hello again to my blog friends. Sandy devastated my home. It's unliveable. My business at Hiering Avenue and the Boardwalk was washed to sea. My community (Seaside Heights, New Jersey) took Sandy's surge like the atomic bomb. EVERYTHING IS GONE!!!!


I am sorry to hear that. Having gone through a flood that wiped out our town. (Bridge City Texas) I can empathize. However, there is hope. Your life will not be the same, but it does not need to be destroyed. The land you are sitting on is some of the most valuable on the earth, it will not be abandoned.

The rebuilding will present challenges and opportunities. I don't know what your business was, but let me give you an example of a friend of mine.

He owned the Cajun Cookerie on Interstate 10 in Orange Texas. The store was wiped out by Hurricane Rita, (Rita was before Ike, and the destruction was more wide spread.) He had a little mobile kitchen he used for a catering service. As he could not serve in his restaurant he took a gig feeding the relief workers, soon he had to borrow money from the SBA to build a bigger mobile kitchen.

He did not get rich, but he made enough to open a new restaurant.

Not a better life, not no life, a different life.

Good Luck
Qazulight
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The "warm wave" the CPC has been predicting for several days now looks to slowly spread eastward:

CPC

Over the 8-14 day period, things moderate a bit, while the warmest anomalies settle in over the Great Lakes:

CPC

it's interesting that Southern Alaska is well below normal over the entire time period, while Northern Alaska is facing well above normal temperatures.

Austin Tx tied their all time high of 88 today for Nov 1.
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The models don't really know what to make of Rosa right now:



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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
People from New Jersey that didn't leave in the mandatory evacuation zone said they would have had there been hurricane warnings in effect. "Without a doubt."

I don't doubt that someone said that, but what really is the source?

I have had to deal with people who lie as a matter of course in the past. If I knew more about the background of the people making these claims then I might give the claims more weight--or might not.

Edit: One giveaway is that liars are often good at not taking responsibility for their actions. "I would have if only ... " is a common theme.
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Wonder if Gro's 'I Saw It First' storm and the low pressure out near the Azores could become Valerie and William.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.