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Hurricane Sandy's name retired; Isaac snubbed

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 6:24 PM GMT on April 11, 2013

Hurricane Sandy has been permanently retired from the list of Atlantic hurricane names, NOAA announced today. Sandy was by far the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of 2012, with damages estimated at $50 billion. Sandy killed at least 147 people across the Atlantic basin, including 72 in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States--the highest U.S. hurricane death toll outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes of 1972. Sandy is the 77th name to be retired in the Atlantic since hurricanes began getting names in 1953. Sandy is the second name beginning in "S" to get retired, joining 2005's Hurricane Stan. The only letter of the alphabet used to name hurricanes that hasn't had a storm beginning with that letter retired is "V". Hurricane names are recycled every six years, and the name Sandy will be replaced by "Sara" beginning in 2018. In a bit of a surprise, the World Meteorological Organization committee in charge of retiring hurricane names elected not to retire Hurricane Isaac. Isaac only reached Category 1 strength, but killed 34 people: 24 in Haiti, 5 in the Dominican Republic, and 5 in the U.S. The hurricane drove a storm tide up to seventeen feet high into Louisiana, and caused $2.35 billion in U.S. damage.


Figure 1. Hurricane Sandy two hours before landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012. Image credit: NOAA.

Portlight receives $250,000 grant for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
On September 14, 2008, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike on Texas and Louisiana moved members of the wunderground community to put into action their own impromptu relief effort. From this humble beginning has grown a disaster-relief charity I have been proud to support--Portlight.org. Since 2008, Portlight has responded to numerous disasters with the aim of helping the underserved, unserved, and forgotten people. Portlight's strong showing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has gotten them some major recognition. On April 4, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund announced that Portlight would receive $250,000 to assist disabled people living in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties in New Jersey. The money will be used for wheelchair ramp replacement and construction, replacing durable medical equipment, and providing accessibility for raised homes in line with ADA requirements to ensure those with disabilities can remain in their homes. "Those with disabilities have been historically underserved in times of disaster, and could be permanently forced out of their homes without proper access, particularly if homes are raised based on new building guidelines. For those who are forced out, finding accessible, affordable housing can be an even greater challenge," said Paul Timmons, Chair of Portlight Strategies, Inc. "This funding is an enormous gift which will help construct wheelchair ramps, vertical lifts and replace medical equipment so those with disabilities can remain independent and stay in their homes." Please visit the Portlight.org web site or the Portlight blog to learn more and donate.


Figure 2. Portlight volunteers hard at work in New Jersey, cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy in March, 2013. Image credit: Paul Timmons.

Jeff Masters

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Reader Comments

Quoting AussieStorm:
Guess the year of this Launch??

Quoting RitaEvac:


Nea will be coming out shortly
Funny after you said that Aussie showed a picture of a rocket getting ready to take off #died!.
Quoting 1900hurricane:
Shoot me now.



ecmwf is cold behind trough in 1 week

So is the GFS






faact is, it's april so it wont be that cold
Quoting SFLWeatherman:
when will we get are first tropical storm or td
A. May 1-15
B. May 15- 30
C. June 1-5
D. June 5-15
E. June 15-30


F july 1-10

then a ton of storms till late october.
Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
Assuming the cap breaks, yeah. It looks like that area of strong thunderstorms will come ashore in central and southern Pinellas county and move through central Hillsborough.


Cap is gone already.

Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


ecmwf is cold behind trough in 1 week

So is the GFS






faact is, it's april so it wont be that cold

I see 40*F isotherm past my location. That's colder then my coldest average winter low. And in the map I posted blow, seeing the 50*F isotherm past me at 1 pm CDT is miserable enough in winter and completely unacceptable in the second half of April. I am so done with this.



Keep in mind that it's not terribly surprising to get near or even exceed 90*F here this time of year.
Quoting 1900hurricane:

I see 40*F isotherm past my location. That's colder then my coldest average winter low. And in the map I posted blow, seeing the 50*F isotherm past me at 1 pm CDT is miserable enough in winter and completely unacceptable in the second half of April. I am so done with this.



it wont last long either.... take heart.... just a little post cold front chill...

Quoting 1900hurricane:

I see 40*F isotherm past my location. That's colder then my coldest average winter low. And in the map I posted blow, seeing the 50*F isotherm past me at 1 pm CDT is miserable enough in winter and completely unacceptable in the second half of April. I am so done with this.



Well, if that's how cold then, we should get pounding storms with air masses colliding. One way of getting rains.
Quoting RitaEvac:


Nea will be coming out shortly

Oh the closet or just out of hiding. LOL
I keep seeing this person on the right hand side posting, pic is making me curious

TC Victoria....

When will this get updated?

considering we havent had too many tornadoes this april, we may be well below normal

Quoting AussieStorm:
Guess the year of this Launch??

1986.
Quoting clwstmchasr:


Continued pretty cold for most of the US. I thought that the long range forecast was above normal for April? Certainly hasn't been the case. The past 30 days record lows significantly out number record highs.
Quoting pcola57:


(Cough cough..)
Source?
Link?
Proof?

https://sites.google.com/site/pettitclimategraphs /u-s-temperatures
Quoting RitaEvac:


Well, if that's how cold then, we should get pounding storms with air masses colliding. One way of getting rains.

Hopefully, but not necessarily. If it's another shallow arctic airmass like the past one (and early indications are that it could be) and outruns the upper air system again, we'll be depending on isentropic lift again, and the models had all kinds of fits with that mechanism the past week. If it sets up right, you could get the multi-inch total that you saw yesterday morning, but if not, you end up with the .17" I got from the system or even less.
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
Quoting 1900hurricane:

Hopefully, but not necessarily. If it's another shallow arctic airmass like the past one (and early indications are that it could be) and outruns the upper air system again, we'll be depending on isentropic lift again, and the models had all kinds of fits with that mechanism the past week. If it sets up right, you could get the multi-inch total that you saw yesterday morning, but if not, you end up with the .17" I got from the system or even less.


We shall see. Received 1.74" and ground is saturated which is crazy. Guess after 2.02" the week before and yesterdays 1.74" equates to a grand total of 3.76" with cooler than normal temps will hold much more moisture in April compared to summer.
Quoting KoritheMan:

The people that kept insisting Isaac be retired were ignorant. Even Lee pushed water into coastal areas of southeastern Louisiana, and that was just a (sub)tropical storm. I don't think many people realize how easily it floods down here. Isaac was nothing to boast about in that regard. And sure, some people lost their lives and property, but that happens with every disaster, even tropical depressions. That's just the name of the game.

Localized severe damage in spots does not equate to retirement.

As someone who lives in southeast Louisiana, and worked both events, I can tell you that Lee and Isaac are not even on the same order of magnitude.
Quoting SFLWeatherman:
when will we get are first tropical storm or td
A. May 1-15
B. May 15- 30
C. June 1-5
D. June 5-15
E. June 15-30
In the Atlantic or Pacific?
Quoting washingtonian115:
Oh I'm a female :).
Sorry about that.
Quoting washingtonian115:
What is the percentage that you guys think we'll see an invest this year in May?.

80%-100%

60-80%

30%-50%

10%-30%

Which percentage?.

I'd give it a 30% chance.

I'll say somewhere between 30%-50% and 60%-80%

Quoting SFLWeatherman:
when will we get are first tropical storm or td
A. May 1-15
B. May 15- 30
C. June 1-5
D. June 5-15
E. June 15-30

I going on a limp and say May 15-30
Quoting wunderkidcayman:

I'll say somewhere between 30%-50% and 60%-80%


I going on a limp and say May 15-30

June 26th
Oooh, I never Poll on a Tuesday, so......
Quoting 517. ScottLincoln:

As someone who lives in southeast Louisiana, and worked both events, I can tell you that Lee and Isaac are not even on the same order of magnitude.


Indeed, 20,000 Homes flooded from Braithwathe to Laplace ain't TS Lee.

Published on Aug 28, 2012
TWC Tropical Team with Brian Norcross and Dr. Jeff Masters discuss Hurricane ISAAC's unusual core cycling.

Published on Sep 5, 2012
AssociatedPress·
An emergency official says Hurricane Isaac damaged at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana. The storm also uprooted coffins in a cemetery in Braithwaite, Louisiana. (Sept. 5)



Hurricane Sandy's name retired; Isaac snubbed
By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:24 PM CDT on April 11, 2013


Hurricane Sandy has been permanently retired from the list of Atlantic hurricane names, NOAA announced today. Sandy was by far the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of 2012, with damages estimated at $50 billion. Sandy killed at least 147 people across the Atlantic basin, including 72 in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States--the highest U.S. hurricane death toll outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes of 1972. Sandy is the 77th name to be retired in the Atlantic since hurricanes began getting names in 1953. Sandy is the second name beginning in "S" to get retired, joining 2005's Hurricane Stan. The only letter of the alphabet used to name hurricanes that hasn't had a storm beginning with that letter retired is "V".

Hurricane names are recycled every six years, and the name Sandy will be replaced by "Sara" beginning in 2018. In a bit of a surprise, the World Meteorological Organization committee in charge of retiring hurricane names elected not to retire Hurricane Isaac. Isaac only reached Category 1 strength, but killed 34 people: 24 in Haiti, 5 in the Dominican Republic, and 5 in the U.S. The hurricane drove a storm tide up to seventeen feet high into Louisiana, and caused $2.35 billion in U.S. damage.