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.
The Great Lakes ice coverage is more than twice the highest ever for the week, and it's causing problems. Also, the March climate report lists more cold records.
The Appalachian mountains won the temperature war yesterday, with readings as high as 90 degrees. Record high temperatures were broken across the region.
Dangerous Cyclone Ita is already stronger than devastating Cyclone Yasi's peak and the storm looks similar to Yasi on satellite.
Severe weather has taken center stage in the news and Social Media this week, owing to severe thunderstorms in western Europe, Argentina and the Philippines.
Dropcam has now added time-lapse capability to their cloud recording... your weather camera at home can now do full-day time-lapses.
This weekend's storm in the Northeast U.S. turned out to be another over-performer for snowfall.