October 29, 2013, was the one-year anniversary of landfall by the huge Hurricane Sandy, which merged with another low-pressure system and became known as “Superstorm Sandy.” Below are comments about Sandy by the authors of U.S. Drought Monitor, produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), in the weekly assessment written as of October 30, 2012, one day after Sandy’s landfall.
“This U.S. Drought Monitor week has been dominated primarily by the passing of the Hurricane Sandy and her remnants. This powerful, far-reaching storm passed along the East Coast before making landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday [10/29/13] and combining with a mid-latitude low pressure system as it continued its trek through the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast. In its wake, the storm dumped up to over eight inches of rain in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The highest total, 9.57 inches as of Tuesday morning, fell at the Oceana Nas/Soucek airport in Virginia. States up the coastline from North Carolina to New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island experienced significant flooding while wind and wave events were felt as far west as Wisconsin and Illinois. In the Appalachian Mountains unofficial totals of over two feet of snow fell in western Maryland and nearly that amount in parts of West Virginia by Tuesday morning. More than 8.2 million people experienced power outages from the combination of rain, wind, snow, and flooding. Transportation has been disrupted with more than 10,000 flights cancelled and many roads and bridges impassable. Thirty-nine deaths in the U.S. have been attributed to the storm as of Tuesday including at least one from the HMS Bounty, a replica of the 18th-century tall ship that was caught in the storm off the coast of North Carolina.”
A comprehensive look at the storm’s impacts and recovery efforts is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), online at http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy. The U.S. Geological Survey has scientific information Sandy’s storm surge and flooding at http://water.usgs.gov/floods/events/2012/sandy/.
The three photos below show the progress of Sandy from a tropical storm over the Caribbean to a hurricane about to make landfall in New Jersey. The photos were taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site, http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browsh.html, on the dates indicated.
Tropical Storm Sandy in eastern Caribbean, 10/24/12, 8:15 a.m. EDT.