The devasting affects of hurricane Sandy all point to the historic convergence of rare weather conditions and climate impacts.
Meteorologists did not pick the name Frankenstorm only because of the Halloween timing. The name also reflects the highly unusual nature of this storm. Here’s what themeteorologists are forecasting right now:
- Sustained winds of at least 50-60 mph for a large swath of the coast for at least 24 hours, with windy conditions for as long as a week.
- Rainfall totals of 4-8 inches or more for a large region. Many areas will experience rainfall amounts maybe only seen once a century.
- Storm surge of 3-6 feet resulting from days of winds blowing sea water toward the coast combined with full moon conditions.
- Collision with an eastward moving cold front, setting up conditions even worse than the famous “Perfect Storm” of 1991.
- Mountainous areas are likely to get snow.
- Sandy is already huge – extending more than 500 miles across – and expected to grow before making landfall.
This is a storm that no Americans alive today have ever witnessed. In other words, if you live along the coastal areas where landfall is expected and think you know what to expect, think again.
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