'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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220. Floodman
12:48 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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219. Drakoen
12:47 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
217. V26R 12:45 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
And whats A pokeman tournement???


LOL.
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218. V26R
12:47 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Not much
Came thru Noel pretty much clean
Had a few mnasty winds gusts about 37 mph
but no rain to speak of Just a few sprinkles
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214. V26R
12:43 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Flood or Bone
You guys around???
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212. Tigerose
12:41 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Trolls can only 'survive' thru attention. Take that attention away from them and they crawl back where they came from.

AND yes, guys, I know it's hard to do so:(
201. stormybil
12:22 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
hi all is something tying to form north of the islands in the cent atlantic ?Link
193. Orcasystems
12:01 AM GMT on November 05, 2007
Query if I may...since someone asked about snow. I have reservations for Cancun Jan 5-19. Hopefully no snow.. but would love clear skys and hot :)

AND no out of season hurricanes thank you very much.

StormW, any ideas what I can expect that time of year?
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187. ShenValleyFlyFish
6:54 PM EST on November 04, 2007
181. dhkeywest 6:26 PM EST on November 04, 2007
Did anybody get pictures of the 34' waves in Halifax Harbor. If so, please send me some pics, thanks David Savannah dhkeywest@aol.com

I wonder how the lighthouse at Peggy's cove faired?


There is a blog in the featured section of the blogs you can access with the blogs button at the top of the page which is by a storm chasing photo who was in Nova Scotia. I expect that he will have some stuff up by late tomorrow. If you want to read about his experience it's fun.

As for Peggy's Cove lighthouse, it's stood this long I didn't have any worries for it. The web cam on the hotel across the street craped out in the middle of the night which dissipointed me because I was hoping to see some waves when daylight came. It's back up and the lighthouse is standing. If you want to check: Link
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186. Drakoen
11:49 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
The whole area in the Northern Caribbean is associated with a surface trough of low pressure. The NHC is probably monitoring it to see if another area of low pressure can form over water. I don't see any defined circulation center at this point.
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185. utilaeastwind
11:28 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
jpritch
Just back in from a backpacking trip, wondering what I've missed in the last two days. Noel swept north, I see. 91L is moving over land, but there appears to be another circulation ENE


I agree. The circulation looks like it is moving off the coast now. We will see if we get another burst of energy soon.

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183. lindenii
11:28 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Been gone for the day.

Anybody come up with the ACE numbers for this year. I know the year isn't over so the numbers will be YTD more than likely.

Just curious how it compares with previous years.
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182. jpritch
11:24 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Just back in from a backpacking trip, wondering what I've missed in the last two days. Noel swept north, I see. 91L is moving over land, but there appears to be another circulation ENE of it?
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181. dhkeywest
11:25 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Did anybody get pictures of the 34' waves in Halifax Harbor. If so, please send me some pics, thanks David Savannah dhkeywest@aol.com

I wonder how the lighthouse at Peggy's cove faired?
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171. weatherbro
5:59 PM EST on November 04, 2007
no Olga i guess lol
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