Superstorm Sandy Winds Down; Slowly Getting Back to Normal
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Thanks to Lyle Ostrow, for sharing this picture of a carved “Frankenstorm” pumpkin. That is one of the more creative pumpkin I’ve ever seen!
Superstorm Sandy: By the Numbers
By The Associated Press
Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Tuesday evening:
— Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
— Highest storm surge: 13.88 feet, at New York
— Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
— Deaths: At least 55
— Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
— Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 140 mph, at Mount Washington, N.H.
— Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
— Canceled airline flights: More than 18,100
— Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
— Most snow: 29 inches, at Redhouse, Md.
— Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
(Photo Below Courtesy: NASA Satellite)
Updates of Flights
Superstorm Sandy really snarled up air travel. According to Flightaware.com there have been nearly 20,000 flights cancelled across the U.S. this week. Most of those cancelled flights have been from LaGuardia, Neward, JFK, Reagan National and
LaGuardia Near 4,000 Flight Cancellations
Thanks to @JetBlue for the picture below. Not sure that the blue thing is a new dock invention… it’s actually the terminal gate to the tarmac! It looks like a lake out there.
Limited Subway Service to Resume Thursday
“Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the MTA would begin resuming limited service on both Long Island Railroad and Metro-North beginning Wednesday at 2PM. Limited subway service will be restored to 14 of the system’s 23 lines on Thursday. In Manhattan ,service will only be available above 34th Street, with services in Lower Manhattan suspended indefinitely due to flooding and power outages.”
(photo below courtesy: NYGovCuomo)
Back to Business: New York Getting Back on it’s Feet
“The New York Stock Exchange will be open Wednesday, while JFK and Newark Airports resume limited service. Still, getting all of the city’s power back on could take days. (Oct. 31)“
Bloomberg Rings NYSE Bell
“NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rung Wall Street back to business. Traffic is snarled, subways out of commission, streets flooded and power out in many parts of the city, but the New York Stock Exchange opened without hitch Wednesday after an historic two-day shutdown, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg rang the opening bell at 9:30 a.m., right on schedule, as stock traders cheered from the iconic trading floor below, falsely rumored to be flooded, but dry Wednesday morning, and festive.”
(Photo Courtesy: Dario Cantatore/NYSE Euronext/REUTERS)
Intense Winds & Waves
This Superstorm also kicked up significant winds across the Great Lakes! I recorded a little video segment explaining how the wind/waves got so big!
The western and colder side of this storm dumped feet of snow across the higher elevations of the Appalachians.Thanks to Snowshoe Mountain for the picture below
This is what they had to say about the snow:
“Over 2ft. and Counting”
“Sorry for the lack of posts today, but as you can imagine with over 2 feet of snow in the past day and a half we have been dealing with power outages as well as phone and internet issues here at 4848. We know the big question on everyone’s mind is, “When is Snowshoe going to open, Is Snowshoe going to open on Wednesday?!” To answer the second half of the question first… No Snowshoe will NOT be opening Wednesday. As far as the first part of the question… We will be answering that tomorrow so stay tuned and find out! In the meantime here is some video from today to help pass the time between now and then…”
No Stranger to Snow in MinneSnowta…
I’ll never forget that Halloween back in 1991. I was still young enough to trick-or-treat and actually went as a cow that year! Good think I had black spots so you could see me in the white snow.
Indeed, the great Halloween Blizzard stands as one of those rare events that achieve I-remember-what-I-was-doing status, a milepost in a few million Minnesotans’ personal histories and an occurrence that can still define life in Minnesota as, well, different. “Climbing over and through the drifts was exhausting,” recalled Amber Langley of Lakeville, who was in second grade at the time and made the Halloween rounds dressed as a witch. “In my neighborhood hardly anyone was out, and the neighbors were dumping whatever candy they had into my sack so they could shut their light off. I don’t think that Halloween is ever going to fade from my memory. It was beyond insane. “
Halloween Blizzard TV Coverage!
OMG! This is like gold to me! This is what I watched when I was a young, budding meteorologist. Watching Paul Douglas cover this historic storm was something that I’ll never forger!
Historic Event 21 Years Ago
“Across much of eastern Minnesota, trick-or-treaters donned snowmobile suits as snow began to fall during the afternoon of October 31, 1991. This marked the beginning of a major winter storm that pounded the eastern half of Minnesota over a three day period. The storm dropped 28.4 inches of snow on the Twin Cities, setting a single storm record for the metropolitan area. Duluth received 36.9 inches, the largest single storm total in Minnesota history. Southern Minnesota saw an ice storm especially around Albert Lea and Austin. Highway snow removal was hindered by extremely cold temperatures that followed the storm and transportation was hampered for many days. Click on image to the right for a larger labeled line map.“
Thanks for checking in on this Wednesday, have a great rest of your week!
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