'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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119. ryang
5:34 PM AST on November 04, 2007
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117. tiggeriffic
9:30 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
In SC we are innundated by acorns...never been this many before. Neighbor has the tree, maybe 15-20% of it is over the fence...I can sweep 5 gallons of the suckers every other day and have been for weeks...
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114. ShenValleyFlyFish
4:16 PM EST on November 04, 2007
tig I never heard that one. Wouldn't hold up anyhow as is more dependent on growing season. That's why we are having such problems with road kills and the hunters are having such a poor deer harvest. Browse along roadside more plentiful than mast crop in the mountains. Looks to be a rough winter for the wild critters.

Plant your corn when oak leaves the size of squirrel's ears is actually pretty reliable. Have to have a certain combination of moisture, soil temperature and daylight which works for sprouting corn.
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111. Drakoen
9:17 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
108. Miamiweather 9:13 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Whats up drakoen what are your views on 91L today

not much to say. Moving west over land...
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109. tiggeriffic
9:13 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
this is sort of weather related...
I vaguely remember a correlation from I think the farmer's almanac (haven't had one in years)
about the years that the oak trees drop an abundance of acorns means a long cold winter. I guess extra food for the critters, does that sound familiar to anyone else?
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108. Miamiweather
9:12 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Whats up drakoen what are your views on 91L today
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106. Miamiweather
9:12 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
good
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105. Drakoen
9:09 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
If a hurricane were to form it could only be supported in the Caribbean. I doubt we will see two hurricanes.
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104. Miamiweather
9:04 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Wow so the possibility of still having two hurricanes and a major one is still present
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96. Miamiweather
8:58 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Could someone post what Dr. Gray forecasted for november
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80. Miamiweather
8:20 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
What does that mean if it continues westward for another day in a half it should die out in nicaragua? Thank you
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78. Fshhead
8:16 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
Afternoon All, that was some "weak" front that turned Noel lol It did not stall until it hit eastern Cuba!! lol
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77. Miamiweather
8:16 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
StormW what do you think of 91L today? Thank you in advance for your input
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72. stormybil
8:06 PM GMT on November 04, 2007
after looking at the models they show 91l going in land and the going ne in the caribiean could the clip be on to something here .
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