'Noreaster Noel whips up high winds and huge waves

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:50 PM GMT on November 04, 2007

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'Noreaster Noel whipped past New England Saturday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy rains up to four inches, and numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. The top wind gust in the U.S. was 89 mph at Barnstable on Cape Cod. The highest sustained winds were measured on Nantucket Island--56 mph, gusting to 72. The highest wind gusts in Maine were 64 mph measured at Brooklin and Cutler. Acadia National Park had one of the highest rain fall totals, 4.2 inches, and up to three inches of snow was recorded in northwestern Maine. At the storm's peak, 43,000 people lost power in Massachusetts.

Huge waves up to 34 feet high were measured in Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, and waves up to 46 feet high were measured at the Georgian Bank buoy midway between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia. Top winds in Nova Scotia were 50 mph, gusting to 62 mph, measured at Brier Island between 4am and 6am this morning. The 'Noreaster is over the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning, with a central pressure of 970 mb and sustained winds near 50 mph. The storm knocked out power to over 150,000 people in Nova Scotia.


Figure 1. Rainfall estimate for the six hours ending at 4am EST Sunday, 11/04/07. Rainfall amounts up to 3 inches (75 mm) were observed in extreme northeastern Nicaragua. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey.

Near-tropical depression hits Nicaragua and Honduras
A region of disturbed weather that was the southern portion of Hurricane Noel's rainy regime acquired a spin of its own, almost became a tropical depression, and has now moved inland near the Nicaragua/Honduras border. This disturbance (91L) is generating rains of up to three inches every six hours (Figure 1). Total rain rain amounts of 5-10 are possible in Nicaragua and Honduras along the path of 91L, which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

I'll have an update Monday morning.

Jeff Masters

Noel's Beach Erosion (Skyepony)
No big hits this year but ended the season at a 19 year low for sand. Caught in the gradent between highs up north & 'canes down south, with a handfull of invests/depressions come through.
Noel's Beach Erosion
Shredded foresail (AuroraB)
The remnants of hurricane Noel passed just east of us this afternoon. Narragansett Bay experienced sustained winds over 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph. Most sailors got their boats to safe harbor, but some were not so fortunate. Five boats broke free of their moorings in Dutch Harbor. Four of them ended up on the rocks.
Shredded foresail
Broken free (AuroraB)
The remnants of hurricane Noel passed just east of us this afternoon. Narragansett Bay experienced sustained winds over 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph. Most sailors got their boats to safe harbor, but some were not so fortunate. Five boats broke free of their moorings in Dutch Harbor. Four of them ended up on the rocks. This one hit very hard
Broken free

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368. GoofOff
10:57 PM EST on November 04, 2007
I heard some companies are starting to sell homeowners insurance for property in the east side of US1 again here on the Treasure Coast of Florida. For a while, only the state run Citizens would sell in my area. Rates were 300% higher. I guess they figured there is an invisible wall that keeps storms from crossing over the highway. I did see many home on the west side damaged too, but I guess it was just a mistake. I guess you can only get insurance if you are in an area where you will never need to use it. We had about $5,000 worth of damage from three directed hits in 2004 and 2005. First time in over 30 years, but I guess that makes us a double victim. Glad to see the last 2 years avoid our area even though we have had plenty of rain.

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367. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:49 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
later jp flood everybody else
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360. DoverDan
3:21 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
"You fool me not a bit, you and JRF are one and the same...

Again, just put the joint down, take a deep breath, eat a brownie and go away. I'm sure you'll be a little more coherent in the morning.

P.S. - Didn't you say that you were out of here?
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323. Orcasystems
2:35 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Thank you StormW & V26R
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