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October 30th LiveBlog: Sandy's Impact on Ohio

By: Buckey2745 , 10:35 AM GMT on October 30, 2012

This is a LiveBlog covering Hurricane Sandy's impact on Central Ohio. Posts are in chronilogical order, with the bottom being the most recent.

6:15am, 33.2°, Wind: NW 21mph Gusting: 26mph
Winds continued to gust steadily overnight with no letting up, but luckily for us here in Central Ohio also with no increase in speeds. At 1:28am we had our highest wind gust of the storm so far at 39mph.

Power outages are diminishing, with their peak being overnight. Right now AEP is only reporting 6,800 customers without power in Central Ohio.

It may be premature to assume we've avoided the worst of it because we have the entire day to go. However I feel like the highest winds are probably occuring right now, with a gradual decline in speeds in to the afternoon hours.

With temps just above freezing our snow is blowing down, but not sticking. The only place I can find snow accumulating is on cars. Any accumulation that does occur will only be on grassy areas and very light. A couple hours after sunrise snow will change all over to rain as temps rise to about 40°.

While the storm hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, it certainly isn't pleasant outside. power outages are still occuring all over the city and wind combined with snow makes it a terrible day to leave the house. Does it get worse? We'll see.

8:38am, 33.2°, Wind: NW 11mph Gusting: 20mph
The NWS in Wilmington cancelled our High Wind Warning at 7am and issued a Wind Advisory. This effectively ends our high wind event, with our winds peaking early this morning.

The other story is the snow that's fallen this morning. Rather heavy snow was coming down around 7am, with poor visibility. Snow did finally begin to stick to the grass and even made for some slushy travel on the roads. Officially we got no more than a dusting, and our accumulation is pretty much finished for the day with sunrise and a break in precipitation. For the season I plan on measuring small snow events like a dusting of snow as 0.10".

A dusting on the ground in Grove City, OH

This event has clearly been wishcasted, and I'm guilty of this too. The setup looked perfect for a high wind event that thrashed our area badly, and instead became a cold, gusty, snowy day.

Snow Climatology
This is the earliest snow we have had in a long time. Since I've been writing this blog the earliest snow we've seen has been December 1st, with last year going until January before the first dusting.

In Columbus, the earliest recorded dusting was in 1906 on October 10th, only 20 days before this dusting. On avergae, Columbus doesn't see a dusting until November 21st, so we're almost a full month early with this snow.

3:39pm, 37.3°, Wind: NW 11mph Gusting: 16mph
The Wind Advisory was cancelled early, too. This pretty much concluded the worst of our brush with Hurricane Sandy, as now we're just riding out the cold, wind and rain.

Sandy is still making its way west, over southern PA:

This is it for updates. The worst is over.

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3. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:53 PM GMT on November 05, 2012
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2. Buckey2745
2:32 PM GMT on October 30, 2012
Dr. Jeff Masters was actually on the radio here in Columbus this morning and pretty much had no answer for what kind of winter we will have. He said, "either really warm or really cold." But I guess I'm optomistic when the season starts this soon!
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1. PugetSoundPost
2:17 PM GMT on October 30, 2012
Well, it is good to not add on substantially to the havoc played by Sandy further east. This is just the beginning of the season, and I wonder how long till your next snow? And what winter will bring for you all? At this point, probably most anything! Also, you got your new weather system just in time!
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