ORIGINAL POST 10/30: The "Storm of the Century," "Frankenstorm," "Superstorm Sandy," or just simply "Hurricane Sandy." She came by many names but is now a shadow of her former self. Here's a 24-hour radar loop (larger on YouTube; download high-res) and also check out this surface map and satellite animation as well:
She left 7.5 million (or 8.5 million or 60 million) customers without power -- the most from any weather disaster in modern history (certainly in the 12 years since I've been blogging -- Hurricane Ike formerly held the record). Multiply "customers" by three to get the number of people without power. The death toll has been increasing throughout the day; currently 29 per CNN. The following animation (download high-res) shows pressure and winds as the storm approached the coast, courtesy CoolWx.com:
Winds to 95 mph were recorded on the coast, with nearly 40-foot waves offshore. More than a foot of rain and over two feet of snow has fallen from the second-largest East Coast hurricane since 1988. Low pressure records were smashed in the mid-Atlantic (we fell to about 28.72" here - something I'm not sure I've ever experienced, certainly not since I lived in North Carolina during Hurricane Fran in 1996. We have summarized the top stats that I researched in this article; you can download my entire braindump for more information. Sandy made the news -- big time. Here are examples of today's newspaper front pages from Newseum.com:
She was severe enough to make headlines worldwide!
A sampling of the NWS Spotter reports follows:
You want photos and videos? We got 'em, broken down for each state.
On Sunday night, I participated in a Google Hangout with Henry Margusity and Amy Freeze, taking questions about the storm; you can see that replay below.
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.
There was no Social Media in 2005, but this anniversary I'm live-tweeting Hurricane Katrina events as they went down.
I'm proud to bring to you a set of freshly-drawn, HD television quality maps from Hurricane Katrina, showing wind speeds, storm surge, rainfall and tornadoes.
Hurricane Katrina moved over the Dry Tortugas Weather station, but it left instrumental destruction in its wake.