The former hurricane Sandy turned into a hybrid storm when it interacted with arctic air and became know as a Superstorm as it ravaged the Mid Atlantic and Northeast US on October 29-30, 2012. It was a storm with a unique intensity as well as a turn towards the west that set sights on southern New Jersey for landfall. But the impact stretched hundreds of miles in all directions. Thankfully it is a type of storm that only occurs every few hundred years.
In the slide show you will find the top images. Many were gathered from Suomi NPP satellite was that was launched just one year earlier for the purpose of researching extreme weather events and climate. On board is VIRS – Visible Infrared Radiometer Suite.
The video clip shows the time lapse of Sandy making the turn towards land on October 29th, 2012 and landfall on south New Jersey. This compiled an image every minute from 6:00am to 6:30pm
Did it actually cross Maryland?
While the National Hurricane Center and NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center created confusion for the public as jurisdiction was handed off at landfall, they tracked the center of the storm into central Pennsylvania. I still contest that the former eye actually dropped southwest along I-95 into Maryland. I wrote about that and provided a radar loop to prove it here.
The same storm also produced a blizzard in western Maryland that dumped 33 inches of snow and created a second disaster zone.
List of articles I wrote tracking Sandy into our region:
Impacted 60 million people along the heavily populated US east cost
At 2:00 p.m. on October 29, 2012, the U.S. National Hurricane Center estimated Sandy’s location to be 38.3° North and 73.1° West, 110 miles (180 kilometers) southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and moving northwest at 28 miles (44 kilometers) per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, and the minimum central barometric pressure was 940 millibars (27.76 inches).
The U.S. Geological Survey deployed more than 150 storm-surge sensors along the Atlantic Coast to monitor Sandy’s effects in real time.
The two aerial photographs compared here show a portion of the New Jersey coastal town of Mantoloking, just north of where Hurricane Sandy made landfall. The top photograph was taken by the Remote Sensing Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 31, 2012; the lower image was acquired by the same group on March 18, 2007. The images were acquired from an altitude of roughly 7,500 feet, using a Trimble Digital Sensor System.
The Mantoloking Bridge cost roughly $25 million when it was opened in 2005 to replace a bridge built in 1938. After Sandy passed through on October 29, 2012, the bridge was covered in water, sand, and debris from houses; county officials closed it because they considered it unstable.
On the barrier island, entire blocks of houses along Route 35 (also called Ocean Boulevard) were damaged or completely washed away by the storm surge and wind. Fires raged in the town from natural gas lines that had ruptured and ignited. A new inlet was cut across the island, connected the Atlantic Ocean and the Jones Tide Pond.
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