October 30th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
Here’s a roundup of some Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy news from around:
CNN Weather Center tweets:
Weather Underground reported in its twitter feed today:
“Atlantic City recorded a pressure of 959 mb at 4 pm, setting the city’s record for lowest pressure on record.”
Twitter is definitely the place for finding the latest updates. The all-time record was 960.7 mb — and The Weather Channel’s Hurricane Central feed reported a few hours later:
“Atlantic City down to 953.9 mb (28.17″) pressure and still plummeting.”
TWC also tweets:
“Barometric pressure in #Philly now 28.39″; this breaks their all-time low pressure record of 28.43″ set in March ’93 superstorm”
In fact, the record was set today for the lowest pressure ever recorded for a hurricane north of the Carolinas!
New York City is also slammed. TWC tweets:
“The water level at the Battery in #NYC has reached 11.25 feet, surpassing the all-time record of 11.2 feet set in 1821.”
Eric Holthaus tweeted for his Wall Street Journal weather feed:
“NYSE closure tomorrow will mark first time the market closes FOR WEATHER on consecutive days since 1888.“
Romm also makes some apts notes about the economic costs of Sandy and the storm’s relationship to growing climate disaster costs:
Disaster modeling company Eqecat projected today that “Hurricane Sandy is likely to cause insured losses of $5 billion to $10 billion and economic losses of $10 billion to $20 billion.” If it hits $20 billion, it would be among the top 5 costliest U.S. hurricanes— and the costliest one to hit the Northeast.
Coincidentally, as Climate Progress reported last week, Munich Re, a top reinsurer, released a major new study that for the first time, links the rapid rise in North American extreme weather catastrophes to manmade climate change:
“Climate-driven changes are already evident over the last few decades for severe thunderstorms, for heavy precipitation and flash flooding, for hurricane activity, and for heatwave, drought and wild-fire dynamics in parts of North America.”
At the same time non-climatic events (earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis) have hardly changed, as the figure shows. The 274-page study, “Severe weather in North America” draws on “the most comprehensive natural catastrophe database worldwide.”
Prof. Peter Höppe, who heads Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research unit, said:
“In all likelihood, we have to regard this finding as an initial climate-change footprint in our US loss data from the last four decades.Previously, there had not been such a strong chain of evidence. If the first effects of climate change are already perceptible, all alerts and measures against it have become even more pressing.”
The time to act was over a decade ago, but now is better than later!
According to weather.com, The Battery in New York City experienced a 13.88 foot storm tide on Monday evening, breaking the old record of 11.2 feet set in 1821. Sandy Hook, New Jersey also experienced record high tides.
Expect coastal flooding to continue until late Tuesday. Be safe about leaving your home for another day.
As the hurricane came into shore, a large cold weather system and another system coming down from the Arctic met the hurricane. The rain turned to snow in some places and blizzards in other places. Fourteen inches of snow fell in Tucker County, West Virginia.
Nearly five million people are without power as of Monday night. This video, courtesy of TrillianMedia, shows an explosion at a ConEd plant that shut down power to Manhattan below 39th street.
I posted 7 image–quote combos that I think are worth seeing and remembering in the months and years to come:
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