October 30th, 2012 at 11:57 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Images from the storm – click to enlarge.  The picture on the left is Newfound Gap, Tennessee.  24″ of new snow at Bowden and Nettie, West Virginia.  Many trees are down from the weight of the snow with roads blocked.  The picture in the middle is water quickly filling up Ground Zero.  The picture on the right is the big fire that consumed up to 100 homes in Queens, NY.  Pictures hereFour New Jersey towns were flooded after a levee broke.  Helicopter footage of the New Jersey coast (building your house on shifting sand…).

47 Responses to “Images/Video”

  1. Skot says:

    Did this high wind cause a Seiche on the Big Lake???

    1. Cort S. says:

      The water level is displaced a foot higher on the southern end of LM and a foot lower on the northern end:

      This is a prolonged event with a gradual relaxation of winds. There will not be a back-and-forth sloshing that you would get with a thunderstorm-produced seiche.

      1. Skot says:

        Thanks Cort-ski!!

        1. Cort S. says:

          No problem, Skotski. Here are the wave heights on Lake Michigan:

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        With a north wind like this, we get a teeny little seiche going on Gun Lake, too! The water is just blasting over the dam on the south end of the lake – far more water than what the recent rainfalls would indicate.

  2. Steve says:

    Bill, the area this storm is covering is tremendous. I just measured on Google Earth a distance of 1200 miles from north edge to southern edge!

  3. Cort S. says:

    Here are 40 large pictures captured in the U.S. after Sandy made landfall:

    1. Cort S. says:

      Make that 54 pictures, and counting. You are seeing the aftermath of the worst hurricane disaster in the history of the NYC metro area.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Those are incredible photos! The one of the sinking “Bounty” made me especially sad – what the heck were they thinking?? That they could slip a Tall Ship past a freakin’ hurricane?????

  4. Cort S. says:

    Here is a video from a helicopter, showing the New Jersey coastline:

  5. Cort S. says:

    Here is a nice visualization of the winds in the U.S. now.

  6. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    I see your blog is back on Bill :) we haven’t had power here since 9pm last night and still isn’t back on and I knew exactly what would happen lol but I’m just on my tiny smart phone right now

  7. INDY says:

    Yupp u get the the right stuff rolling and the snow blowing puff puff pass and we got Bill’s blogg is back !!!!Verry windy outside!! INDYY…..

    1. Jack says:

      YO, INDY…How is your OLE UNCLE SPARKEE…Fairing ,THESE DAYS ??

  8. OneMom says:

    Question … friend leaving SC tomorrow to drive back to Michigan. What would be the best route to follow? Normally would go up through NC, VA, WV, OH. Thanks for any input.

    1. Cort S. says:

      The biggest problem is the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. They are getting a blizzard in WV in the highest elevations, with feet of snow. But a quick look at the WV DOT website says that most of I-77 is just wet, but there some spots with snow and slush.

      The other option would be to cut over to Knoxville on I-40 and hop on I-75 there. But in the mountains of NC near Asheville, there is some snow too, and right now it seems to be somewhat slow-going on I-40 near Asheville, according to NC DOT:

      The snow might not be as bad tomorrow as it was today/yesterday…?

      1. OneMom says:

        Thanks Cort. I appreciate the info and the links. What a time to be traveling through that part of the country.

        1. Shelley Hornick says:

          Glad you did not try the WV mountains, we still have large amounts of snow on many side roads & thousands of trees down 1 week after the storm. We have thousands without power & the temps here get in the 20′s as did last night.

  9. INDY says:

    Just got off the phone with him he is doing fine getting all the leafs in a pile!! INDYY…

  10. fixxxer says:

    Has trick or treating been moved till friday here? Detroit is doing it.

  11. INDY says:

    Bill’s Bloggers Vote Yes On 2………..INDYY…..

    1. fixxxer says:

      Whats that? Free sprites for everyone? ;)

      1. INDY says:

        onnnnnnnnnnnnn INDY………LOL……

        1. fixxxer says:

          Im in.

    2. Jack says:

      The M.I One…OR …..G.R. Prop.2 ?? BIG DIFFERENCE, If It’s The Later, I’LL SMOKE TO THAT……….. (exhale ,Cough, cough…). ;-)

    3. Katie in Kentwood says:

      Vote yes on BOTH prop 2′s :)

  12. fixxxer says:

    Seriously though wxyz in detroit says halloween is canceled until friday. Thats BS in my mind but could that happen here bill?

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      but keep in mind they had the storm worse there than we did fixxer I heard some 500,000 people over there on the east side of the state are without power

      1. fixxxer says:

        It wasnt that bad over there jordan. I have alot of friends and family there.

    2. Jack says:

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      1. fixxxer says:

        Your a weird one jacko.

        1. Jack says:

          The Highwaymen – I’ve Always Been Crazy

          ► 3:40► 3:40

          THANKS FIXXER…Same To Ya !,, ENJOY !

  13. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Watching the NBC news special tonight, wow what damage! Where do you even start to clean up that mess? One person after another on tv keeps referring to climate change, and NO I am not taking sides, but man it’s hard to argue with some of these freak weather events that have been happening over the past 5 or 10 years.

    1. bodawg says:

      I’m gonna throw this out there and people can think what they want. Throughout the existence of this planet, the climate has changed many times on different parts of the globe. We know that it is in no way permanent and it will change again as time moves forward. Any climate change is fleeting in terms of geologic time. We as humans can only buckle up and enjoy the ride. Our lives on Earth are a privilege.

      1. Tom L says:

        Personally, I think it is all of Bush’s fault! (Just kidding!) :)

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      We’ve always had “freak weather events”. They’ve never been covered in the news like they are now. Hurricanes have hit that area that have been worse than this one…we just didn’t build to the water’s edge on Barrier Islands that are essentially “shifting sand”. Accumulated tropical cyclone energy has been going down since 2005 (actually since the mid 1990s). The number of strong to severe tornadoes (EF3 to EF5) has in general decreased since the 1960s-70s and the snowstorms aren’t any worse than they had in the 1880s.

      Craig James sent me this link:

      1. Cort S. says:

        One of the scientific curiosities that has come up in recent years is, how might the size of hurricanes changing, if it is at all? We have a limited data set because we have not officially been keeping track of their wind field size before 1988. But Katrina, Ike, and Sandy have been very large cyclones, with very high Integrated Kinetic Energy (IKE), and therefore set much more ocean water in motion than a smaller Category 5 like Camille or Andrew did. This is why the Saffir-Simpson scale is purely a wind scale now, and does not try to predict the threat from storm surge anymore. Katrina’s storm surge destructive potential was greater than Camille’s, and Ike’s was greater than Katrina’s, and Sandy’s was the greatest of all. (Disclaimer: I am not saying that this is a trend, just a recent stretch of bad luck. We need more data points in order to call this a trend. And we can best get that only as time marches forward.)

        ACE is great, and it’s much better than counting the number of named storms per year that NHC designates. There has been an uptick in the number of named tropical systems now that we are catching every dinky 35-knot cyclone that is here today, gone tomorrow. But personally I feel that ACE falls short. It is only a function of maximum velocity of the cyclone summated over time. I want a seasonal measurement index that accounts for the total kinetic energy of the cyclones’ wind fields.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Thanks for that explanation – I was trying to explain to a friend, who had said “Sandy’s only a Cat 1 storm” – and all I could liken it to was my ATV with a snowplow is a lot *faster* (Cat 3+) than a bulldozer (Sandy) – but the bulldozer is going to move a lot more earth a much bigger distance.

          “Total Kinetic Energy” would be a VERY good thing to know.

        2. Cort S. says:

          This is why I am personally in favor of the media and meteorologists not using the Saffir-Simpson Scale as prominently as they have been in decades past. It is too simplistic and does not convey the threat of storm surge or how wide an area that the winds cover. People are using the SS scale to judge how bad a storm will be based on their past experiences. People in Mississippi thought they would be fine in Category 3 Katrina (at landfall) because their area was not totally washed away in Category 5 (at landfall) Camille.

          But compare Camille’s wind field to Katrina’s wind field.

          Camille on the left, Katrina on the right. Which one do you think is going to push more ocean water up onto the Mississippi coast?

    1. Jack says:

      You 2 Were Quite a PAIR, Kinda Like DOLLYS…Lol.Dolly Parton – Those Were the Days

      ► 5:03► 5:03…lol

  14. Jack says:

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  15. Travis Ulberg says:!/photo.php?fbid=10151263331966418&id=641556417&set=a.10150097766036418.306861.641556417&__user=641556417. On our drive to North Carolina we had to go through WV. This is at Ghent, WV. The snow was almost knee deep!

    1. Cort S. says:

      The links aren’t working for us. But I’ll take your word for it! Lots of snow pictures coming to the internet from WV. Is I-77 drivable, or did it get high enough in elevation that it got slammed with snow in some spots?

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