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Hurricane Sandy (18L) Impacts USA from Virginia to New England – October 30th, 2012

40.2N 75.5W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 29th, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Sandy (18L) - October 29th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 18L

As of 11 p.m. EDT October 29 (0300 UTC October 30), Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (18L) is located within 30 nautical miles of 39.8°N 75.4°W, about 10 mi (15 km) SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Maximum sustained winds are 65 knots (75 mph, 120 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 952 mbar (hPa; 28.11 InHg), and the system is moving northwest at 16 kt (18 mph, 30 km/h).

Just before 8 a.m. on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast, still maintaining Category 1 strength. Although the National Hurricane Center has not officially confirmed the location, at 5:46 PM local time, Accuweather announced it had come ashore in between Avalon and Sea Isle City in Cape May County, New Jersey. NOAA announced officially that the storm had come ashore at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ.

On October 29, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. EDT, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone. Sandy’s impact on the United States stretched from Virginia to New England with tropical storm force winds stretching far inland and significant mountain snows in West Virginia. The cyclone brought a record-breaking storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, with numerous streets and tunnels flooded in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city.

Hurricane Irene (09L) Centered Over New England, USA – August 28th, 2011

26.9N 77.1W

August 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Irene (09L) - August 24th, 2011

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Track of Irene - August 28th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Irene

Although these images show Irene (09L) a few days ago while it was at hurricane strength, the system has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Its center is currently nearing northern New England, USA, about 65 miles (100km) south of Rutland, Vermont.

This motion with a little faster forward speed is expected over the next
day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Irene will move over eastern Canada tonight and early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to about 50 mph (85 km/h), with present movement towards the north-northeast (or 20 degrees) at 26 mph (43kph). Minimum central pressure is 975 mb (28.79 in).

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Cape Henlopen, Delaware northward to Eastport, Maine, including Delaware Bay, New York City, Long Island, Long Island Sound, coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island, Block Island, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket. This warning also applies to the United States/Canada border northeastward to Fort Lawrence, including Grand Manan, and the south coast of Nova Scotia from Fort Lawrence to Porters Lake. Interests elsewhere in eastern Canada should monitor the progress of
Irene.

Hazards affecting land include storm surge, rainfall and wind. Elevated water levels will persist in areas of onshore winds along the coast from Connecticut through Maine. The highest water levels will occur near the upper parts of bays and inlets. Near the coast, these elevated water levels will also be accompanied by large, destructive and life-threatening waves. Higher than normal astronomical tides are occurring this weekend. Coastal and river flooding will be highest around the time of high tide.

Irene is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches, from northeastern New York State northeastward through the northern portion of New England. These rains, combined with heavy rains over the past few weeks, could cause widespread flooding and life-threatening flash floods.

Tropical storm force winds will spread northward into portions of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia later today. Significantly higher wind speeds are likely over areas of elevated terrain in northern New England and eastern Canada.

Snowfall over New England, USA

March 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

Snowfall over New England, USA - March 4th, 2009

A huge snowstorm that hit the east coast of the USA a few days ago, covering states from Arkansas to Georgia and all the way up the coast to Maine.

A previous article examined the white swath coating the southeastern and mid-atlantic states. This image, on the other hand, focuses on the New England area, including the states of (from South to North) Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Continuing northward, parts of Nova Scotia (center), New Brunswick (peninsula) and Quebec are also  snowcovered. Parts of the Saint Lawrence River (top left) are iced over.

Offshore, from the hook of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Bay to Halifax in Nova Scotia, clouds form streaked patterns in the atmosphere.

Snowfall by Great Lakes, Devastating Storm on East Coast of USA

March 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Snow around Great Lakes - March 2nd, 2009

Snow around Great Lakes - March 2nd, 2009

Close-up of Lake Erie

Close-up of Lake Erie

Close-up of Lake Huron

Close-up of Lake Huron

The Great Lakes, on the border of Canada and the United States of America, are partially surrounded by snow.

Cold temperatures have caused parts of them to ice over, as seen in the close-ups of Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan.

To the right, clouds from a snowstorm over the East Coast are visible.

The storm hit the southeastern states on Sunday, causing many problems such as power outages and automobile accidents, reported NBC News, as the region is not accustomed to dealing with such extreme weather.

The storm then progressed to the northeastern states on Monday, causing more car crashes and between 8 and 12 inches of snow in New England.

Close-up of Lake Michigan

Close-up of Lake Michigan

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