Monday, June 10, 2013

Pretty Amazing Sandy Animation

NASA released a video animation late last week of Sandy as it churned north through the Atlantic and then pulled back west into the New Jersey coastline. It's definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it yet.

The colors in the satellite loop reference the wind speeds at 5000' up (850 mb). The storm's wind field, its size, and comparison to the Atlantic and the US are also prevalent.  We all know it was a huge storm in terms of size, potential energy, and its impact.  It's intriguing to see the level of strength in the wind field at 5000' as the transition away from tropical and towards nontropical took place.  At one point, winds were at or over 100 mph in the 5000' layer as the storm worked towards the Jersey coastline. That high level of wind energy was able to transfer down to the surface to a large extent, which helped set up the high level of coastal flooding north of Ocean City and also the extremely high winds across much of our region as the storm came ashore.

Sandy's financial impact is pushing upwards of $53 billion dollars, the second costliest storm in American history behind only Hurricane Katrina.