'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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269. HurricaneGeek
8:53 PM EST on November 04, 2007
thanks V26R, so that means they are predicting the center reform around there?
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268. BajaALemt
1:53 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
LOL......... Storm!! Good to see you again, sir
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265. V26R
1:52 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
HG those are probably the computer guesstimating where a center may form
and move from
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263. HurricaneGeek
8:50 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Can someone please answer my question? thanks.

What is happening wih the RED and BLUE models at the bottom?

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200791_model.html
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262. ShenValleyFlyFish
8:44 PM EST on November 04, 2007
252. V26R 8:42 PM EST on November 04, 2007 Man I suddenly got this terrible headache

Check your barometer. Sometimes if my sinus allergies are kicking just right I can tell to the second when a front moves through.
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257. V26R
1:47 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Yep that my middle name!!!

Got a few sprinkles yesterday morning
alot with a gust of 37mph on my wind gauge
So yes I think we got thru okay
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256. BajaALemt
1:45 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
LOL...smart a@@

Winding down from work, catching up on maps etc. Feelin pretty darned good. How bout yourself? Did you survive "post-tropical" Noel unscathed?
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251. stormpetrol
1:39 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Thanks ShenValleyFlyFish.
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250. stormpetrol
1:37 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
V26R thanks but sometime you have set the record straight, now back to weather. Does anyone have idea whats going on with 91L?
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249. ShenValleyFlyFish
8:36 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Hey welcome back Stormpetrol
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248. BajaALemt
1:37 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Evenin folks. Well, at least the tropics are pretty quiet *smiles*
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244. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:28 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
ban been imposed
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243. V26R
1:24 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Sorry Flood minor trouble here with oil burner
Which models calling for another hit up this way???
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241. HurricaneGeek
8:21 PM EST on November 04, 2007
What is happening wih the RED and BLUE models at the bottom?

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200791_model.html
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237. Floodman
1:14 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
The GOM is DRY and looking at 30-80knt shear all the way down to the west enbd of Cuba, so not a lot there, but the Phillipines are heating up
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235. Floodman
1:09 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Wazzup, scuba? Not much, really...some light convection here and there associated with a tropical wave, other than that just 91L breaking up over Nicaraugua
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233. FloridaScuba
1:04 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
peace and love dudes.. peace and love.

k.c. lost, bummer. they came in second as did matt kenseth.

wazzup in the carib, gom and atl tonight? i just got it so haven't checked yet. gonna go check real quick.

keywords: peace and love everyone.. harmony
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226. Floodman
12:52 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Good deal, V2...looks like you may get some more later this week though; a couple of the models are showing a fairly deep low moving up the coast
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220. Floodman
12:46 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
It's a card game with little anime monsters, played by children...

Stormybil, it looks like there's some low level vorticity north of Hispaniola; it doiesn't extend above 850mb...probably some thunderstorm activity, though there's a tropical wave south of there and 10-20 knt shear in the area
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