May 17, 2013 |
Federal weather forecasts for Hurricane Sandy were exceptionally accurate last fall, but the warnings themselves were confusing, an internal review has found. The gigantic October storm lost tropical characteristics hours before landfall in New Jersey, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stopped calling it a hurricane. Instead it shifted its focus to flooding and high-wind warnings, and moved responsibility from the National Hurricane Center in Miami to local weather offices.
February 13, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern United States in 40 years and the second costliest in the nation's history, according to a report released Tuesday. The storm's effects reached far and wide, according to the National Hurricane Center report. While Sandy visited devastation on the East Coast, principally New Jersey and New York, it created wind gusts as far west as Wisconsin and as far north as Canada and caused water levels to rise from Florida to Maine, the center found.
October 30, 2012 |
Hurricane Sandy threatened to make a direct hit on the Jersey Shore near Atlantic City late Monday in what a meteorologist called a "once-in-50-years" storm that would disrupt the lives of millions of East Coast residents between Delaware and Long Island. Already Sunday, the advancing storm had forced evacuation of Shore towns, grounded hundreds of flights at Philadelphia International Airport, led SEPTA to suspend mass transit, and prompted school officials across the region to cancel classes.
October 30, 2012 |
Sandy, taking dead aim on the South Jersey's fragile barrier islands on a rare if not unprecedented path, is on a course to become the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in 109 years. And in this case, Sandy looks to be far-more destructive than the Category 1 storm that crashed into Atlantic City on the morning of Sept. 16, 1903. For the Shore, and the entire Philadelphia region, Sandy's path couldn't be much worse, and before it goes away by midweek, it could end rivaling the region's all-time wind champions for wind -- Hazel, in 1954 -- and rains -- Floyd, 1999.
October 27, 2012 |
Hurricane Sandy remains on a collision course with the Philadelphia region and the rest of the densely populated Midatlantic and Northeast. Sandy is expected to cause widespread flooding and potentially massive power outages, public officials and meteorologists warned. The "rare and dangerous storm" could affect 60 million people and "lead to billions of dollars in damage," wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski late this morning. Forecast updates at 11 a.m., 2 p.m.,, and 5 p.m. reinforced local concerns.
October 26, 2012 |
Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore look more likely to feel the wrath of the storm now called Hurricane Sandy, according to a late morning forecast revision from the National Hurricane Center. A map showing the range of possible paths was shifted westward, suggesting landfall anywhere from North Carolina to Maine, with the Jersey coast right in the middle as of Tuesday morning. That outlook was reinforced by a 2 p.m. update. "Heavy rainfall, high winds, coastal flooding and beach erosion" are possibilities, according to a National Weather Service advisory.
October 3, 2012 |
If you pay any attention to hurricanes, you probably are well familiar with the likes of Alberto, Beryl, Chris, and Isaac. Now, are you ready for Athena, Brutus, Caesar, and Iago? Those are the names that the Weather Channel plans to hang on winter storms this season. The nation's biggest commercial weather player announced today that it would start naming winter storms with the winter of 2012-13, similar to how the National Hurricane Center has designated hurricanes during the last six decades.
September 7, 2012 |
As Hurricane Leslie heads north toward Bermuda, a leftover portion of Hurricane Isaac has found its way back to the Gulf of Mexico, where it's threatening to become a new tropical storm. Leslie could become a Category 2 storm before nearing Bermuda on Sunday. Its projected path should take it north toward Nova Scovia, sparing the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. After making landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, Isaac dumped rain as it moved up the Mississippi Valley and then "was ripped in half" as it curved eastward, according to meteorologist Jeff Masters of WeatherUnderground.com.
September 1, 2012 |
This week's images of Hurricane Isaac's rampage along the Gulf Coast are a reminder that measures taken to prepare for big storms can reduce the damage they cause. Just a year ago, Hurricane Irene demonstrated that this region is hardly exempt from nature's wrath. (Hurricane Kirk is forming in the Atlantic now, heading northwest.) So this column is the first of two, with an emphasis on getting ready for a storm. Next week, we'll tackle cleaning up after a storm. Even so, there are too many topics to be covered.