UPDATED 9 p.m. Eastern
Here's hoping I can get some sleep tonight. After the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic and this unusually early nor'easter, I could use some.
According to a Bloomberg article, more than 50,000 customers had lost power in New England alone (as of this afternoon). They also note that a 20-foot tractor-trailer was blown over on a bridge to Cape Cod.
To recap, I got an email earlier today busting us on predicting a superstorm that did not happen. Technically, yes Wilma is not going to combine with the low in the mid-Atlantic, and we even said in our original headline that it was not the most likely scenario.
But if you ask me, a sub-29.00 low pressure system that has 28-foot waves off of NYC and generates 10" of snow in Maryland before Halloween sounds pretty super. We're just talking semantics and we need to worry about flooding in the Northeast and power outages in the Appalachians tonight, so that's what I'm concentrating on.
Highest Snowfall Reports (over 6"):
Terra Alta, WV : 12.0"
Oakland, MD : 10.0"
Eldred, PA : 10.0"
Norwich, NY : 10.0"
Sylvania, PA : 9.0"
Redhouse, MD : 8.0"
Farmington, PA : 8.0"
Phlipsburg, PA : 8.0"
Randolf, NH : 8.0"
Kane, PA : 8.0"
Maidstone, VT : 7.5"
Eden, VT : 7.5"
Somerset, PA : 7.0"
Killington, VT : 7.0"
Zion, PA : 6.5"
Highest Waves, Lowest Pressures:
44024: 25.9 ft. waves, 29.15" Hg
44004: 24.3 ft. waves, 29.01" Hg
44008: 27.6 ft. waves, 29.06" Hg
44009: 22.6 ft. waves, 29.21" Hg
44017: 22.3 ft. waves, 29.15" Hg
44025: 19.7 ft. waves, 29.20" Hg
Highest Wind Gusts:
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH : 97 mph
CAPE MAY, NJ : 74 mph
MILTON, MA : 66 mph
CAPE ELIZABETH, ME : 64 mph
SUSSEX, DE : 62 mph
According to some of the ATCF wacky computer forecast models, current tropical systems in the East Pacific and Atlantic are on their way to some exotic places.
These YouTube videos are probably the "best" or "worst" (i.e. most extreme, most terrifying) shots that I know of from Hurricane Katrina.
Much was made of the Hurricane Katrina coverage by the media. Let's take a look at what television, magazines and newspapers had to show us.
This track is rarely taken by tropical cyclones in the Atlantic. Actually, never. So what does that mean for forecasts?
I'm bringing the Katrina-related "38below" blog entries back, because I think Carl had some important commentary on the storm.
On August 24, 2005, AccuWeather.com decided to do something unprecedented for a website -- send a news team into the path of the storm. Here are their videos and notes.