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.
A very impressive-looking Category 3 Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico Sunday. Now, a new threat for the Southwest U.S.: major flooding.
I found three security cameras that caught the light from the Sunday night fireball, including two from my house.
The iPhone 6 - with barometer - and Apple Watch were announced today, but I've been wearing barometer watches for 30 years.
I was pleased to serve on an AMS panel "The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media" at the summer community meeting.
Last weekend, I presented the weather science side of UFOs at a paranormal conference in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Since then, there have been several local UFO sightings of note.
A trend I've noticed this Summer on Social Media is a large increase in "lightning strike selfies." Here are a few examples.