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Frankenstorm - Hurricane Sandy Open Thread

The MTA has posted several pictures to Flickr showing subway stations and Grand Central totally abandoned ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

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Video from 1938 Hurricane Yankee Clipper:

In 1938 a category 3 hurricane left 600 people dead in New England. During that ferocious hurricane, also known as the Yankee Clipper and the Long Island Express, the Empire State Building reportedly swayed with wind gusts, and 60 people in New York City alone were killed, says Oren Yaniv at the New York Daily News. Unlike Sandy, 1938's powerful storm came "without warning," says History.com, and "was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic." The hurricane was expected to make landfall in Florida, but at the last minute it changed course, barreling north at more than 60 mph and gaining strength over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. It caught New England, and especially New York's Long Island, completely off guard, and amounted to "the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century." In this strangely compelling historic video of the storm, winds whip New York City residents braving the streets, power lines throughout New England lean and dangle precariously, and flood waters crash into seaside homes, engulfing what looks like a trolley in one of the region's cities.


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We're rockin here. Rain has picked up for real and the wind is making that sound. Dog definitely did not want to go for his morning stroll this AM. Had to pull him from the house.
Oct 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Here is a spot on animated model of the wind field. I am located about 5 miles inland near Scituate, Ma. and am expecting to be hit by the strongest winds on the NE side of the storm.


Already have tree branches down and am expecting sustained winds of 88-95 mph w/higher gusts from 1300-2000 EDT and then winds of 50+ until late tuesday. This will delay any power restoration efforts. High rise building in affected areas may be affected as wind speed increases with height, (1/7 power law), by about 20% percent per 100 foot increase in height.

Expecting long term power outages and loss of communications in a few hours. This is going to be nasty inland here and particularly bad for properties along the nearby shoreline.
Oct 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore, (Ma.) webcam

Oct 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
The Gov of our fair state is telling us to expect sustained winds of 50-60 mph. This after several inches of rain. I live in the woods in North Central Md. Lots of mature trees around. Big ones. A lot of out of state power companies are here and were working yesterday. After this PM ain't no one gonna help until this blows outta here.
Oct 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Trucks are spotting stockpiles of sand, boulders and other construction materials nearby. It looks like the Nat Guard/police or FEMA/MEMA are driving around in Hum Vee's trying to get people out of Scituate according to a live news report a few minutes ago. So far the evacuation has been voluntary.

A few trees are down in the Boston area and due to the layout of large buildings, I expect the 'venturi effect' to cause some damage and would expect NYC and other metro areas north of NYC along the coast to see the same.

Wind is starting to gust up pretty good now out of the northeast and we have very light rain. I am anticipating that by mid afternoon I will be offline.
Oct 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Folks in Jersey threatened with arrest if they did not get out. So much for self determination. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/28/opinion/avlon-ceo-deficit-cutting/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7. The comedy news network. The POTUS is headed back to Washington to act, you know, presidential.
Oct 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Footage from 1938 hurricane. Also reports of wind born debris field from Boston to Buffalo. http://theweek.com/article/index/235529/the-last-frankenstorm-video-of-the-1938nbspnoreasternbspthat-ravaged-new-england
Oct 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Great links. Here's a few more:

Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree Via Twitter

Oct 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Looting: Crime After the Storm


Slide show from Hurricane Irene looting.
Oct 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sounds like it's getting nasty up by you John. Hold on tight, buddy.
Oct 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Thanks DB.

A few Boston TV stations are already on backup power due to outages and it's just starting. The coastal flooding will be at its worst around 8 pm EDT when high tide arrives again. The Cape area just recorded 81mph winds (at 10 meters.) I am seeing gusts to 60+ now. Widespead power outages are now being reported throughout the coastal regions.

However, I did stock up on beer this morning.
Oct 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

― Benjamin Franklin

Oct 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sandy wrecks large ocean pier at boardwalk of Maryland beach resort Ocean City


Any readers down near the Outer Banks, NC?

If so, give me a report. I own a lot up in the 4-wheel drive area - North Swan Beach, and I'm worried my sand is blowing away. ;)
Oct 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Here is the upside of hurricanes. Big wave surfing.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/27/hurricane-irene-surfing-new-york-_n_939079.html Some vids on this one. My daughter is into surfing, bless her soul. http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/7-awesome-hurricane-surfing-videos-that-will-make-you-welcome-irene.html But not this time. Shit's TOO big.http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/8094-hurricane-sandy-halts-surfing-in-the-us-atlantic-coast/ Perhaps DB I will find your sand embedded in some of my trees.
Oct 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
DB, The pier that washed away in O.C. MD will force the usual drunks and knuckleheads somewhere else to hang out. No big loss.
Oct 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Oct 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Anyone watching the breaking news? The President had to be TOLD by Homeland Sec and FEMA to drop his campaigning in FL and get back to DC and "be seen" running things at a time like this...not my words, a quote.
Oct 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
DB, I changed to gmail and used my tail number of our airplane......... texasdarn93998@gmail.com .........I had to post here. After I post something, I cant post anything after that. Not sure why. If I find it on the right side bar, im able to add more posts......Tex !
Oct 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
In debate with other candidates for Republican Presidential nominee, Gov. Romney responding to King the maderator said that the Federal Govt. should not have FEMA assisting in disasters. He would end Federal assistance. He would ask for churches and private groups to assist victims of Sandy
Oct 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertbhunter35@yahoo.com
7 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos You’re Sharing on Social Media


Not saying DB has, just that it's easy to get wrapped up in the drama and not verify sources. Friend of mine on Long Island still has power, for how long ? Dunno.
Oct 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterCanuck

Just curious.

Why do you have a plane. Is it a leftover from your music days?
Oct 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Power Outage Check - Are you still with us john?
Oct 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
All ok up here. Storm is winding down now. It will be interesting what the damage will look like come morning especially in NY, NJ and Ct.
Oct 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Hey DB......Right before I needed to buy a Tour Bus for 10 people in my show, I was ready to write the check for a 4 place Piper TriPacer, but music called and Full Time I went. Today most of us cant aford $5.97 for Av Gas 100 LL @ 8-10 GPH. But I did find a Exparmental Light Sport Aircraft, a Powered Para Chute plane. If flys on 87 car gas, and only 3 gph.

Ann an I both have got enough hrs. in our log books to solo any day now. Were in no hurry, the longer you have yr "CFI" in the back seat, the more we learn. Thanks to that "Tick Bite", I lost everything. I guess this is the savour that gets me out of the cabin and with people again. 24/7 on the puter for 5 yrs. now has taken its tole on me.& 30#'s, have no clue to whAre that came from...?

For 2 yrs. I wished real bad I dident wake up an face another day. Now I have something to look forward too........At 1,200' above the Ozarks, im free as a bird. Depression is a Ugly thing to live with. Its hard to go from the top and land on the bottom to weak to do much.

After the BS an the sheep vote or not vote, all the crap will go away for 8 more years.Have I ever pissed off a lot of Sheep on both sides for telling the truth........I have learned how to find a new reason to wake up and its as much fun before I was Texas Dar Buying a plane for fun flying. BUT, I would give it all back up to be loading the bus for 3 shows this comming weekend.........or our next 6 nighter."Jus Sayin"...!

We can plan everything, but we cant plan our health and what happens next. You can lose it all, no matter who you are........!
Oct 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
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Dover Air Force Base, DE Radar

Oct 30, 2012 at 1:53 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

Great story. Glad you're back getting some fun out of life. You deserve it after everything you've been through these past several years. I raise my Hurricane beer towards the sky.
Oct 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Lack of electricians delays New York recovery from Sandy



A labor union official who is working with city officials on the Rapid Repairs program said there are not enough electricians in New York City available to efficiently handle all the inspections and repairs required to get power back on for tens of thousands of city residents.

The official, who requested anonymity, said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a plan to expand the program to allow any New York State-licensed electricians to participate, rather than just city-licensed contractors.
Nov 17, 2012 at 6:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
NJ Senate Votes To Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers For Hurricane Sandy Work



A bill that was authored by an Ironworkers’ union organizer to expand union-only Project Labor Agreements–to include Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction–passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday along party lines 23-13.

The Ironworkers’ union organizer who drafted the pro-union bill, Steven Sweeney, also happens to be the president of the New Jersey Senate and recently accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of “praying” for Hurricane Sandy to hit New Jersey.

As it turns out, though, unions must be counting their blessing with the New Jersey’s Senate passage of S. 2425 which adds adds to an already-existing discriminatory PLA laws in New Jersey:

New Jersey has had a project labor agreement law on the books since 2002, but highways, bridges, pumping stations and water and sewage treatment plants were exempted. With extensive rebuilding needed on those structures along the shore, this bill includes them.
Jan 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Just got power back. Lost all my perishables and have a lot of cleanup to do.
Feb 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Need any food John? Let me know. I'll do what I can.
Feb 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Thanks for the kind offer Skin, but we are ok. Much appreciated!
Feb 13, 2013 at 5:02 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
For those wondering what the weather will be around Christmas, It's shaping up like a pretty serious major storm is in the cards for the Northeast. Weather Bell is always spot on.

#Santabomb winter storm predicted for Northeastern U.S. at Christmas


A “superbomb” storm is being predicted for Christmas Day in the Northeast United states according to WeatherBell Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue who has pointed out it looks to be reminiscent of the Cleveland Superbomb of 1978 aka the “Great New England Blizzard of 1978″.

This GFS forecast model for Christmas Day shows the depth of the low, poised to gather moisture from the Great Lakes and dump it into the Northeastern U.S. over the next 24-48 hours, potentially making Christmas and post-Christmas travel a nightmare, but … there is a twist..

...Dr. Maue adds on his Twitter feed:

Exciting to see extreme weather forecasts with an item that requires dusting off the record books. 958 mb low

For reference, a 958 millibar low pressure system is as low as the central pressure for some tropical storms and nearly that of some hurricanes. For example Hurricane Sandy had a central pressure of 940 mbar or 27.76 inHg.

According to the Time article on the Cleveland Superbomb of 1978:

Meteorologists have a name for a storm that occurs when air pressure drops very rapidly as a jet stream brings in moisture: a weather bomb. In late January 1978, a low-pressure system moving from the Gulf Coast met with two other low-pressure systems, one from the Southwest and one from Canada, to create one of the worst snowstorms the Midwest has ever seen. With barometric pressure so low, it was more like a hurricane than a snowstorm, the so-called Cleveland Superbomb dumped 1-3 ft. (30-90 cm) of snow on several Midwestern states, including Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Wind gusts approached 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h), causing snowdrifts to reach heights of 25 ft. (8 m) in some areas. Such snowdrifts made roadways impassable, forcing doctors and emergency personnel to ski and snowmobile their way to those in need. Indiana’s governor sent tanks down I-65 to remove stranded trucks, while in Ohio, National Guard helicopters flew some 2,700 missions to help stranded drivers. About 70 deaths are attributed to the storm.

While the Cleveland Superbomb has an intriguing name, the most well-known snowstorm of that year was known simply as the Great New England Blizzard of 1978. On Feb. 6, about two weeks after the Superbomb, a blizzard dealt Boston and other parts of the Northeast as many as 27 in. (69 cm) of snow with winds of 80-110 m.p.h. (130-180 km/h). Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed and approximately 100 people died.
Dec 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Obama irks La. flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate


...I wonder if POTUS wrote a memo regarding sand trap discrimination….

That said, looks like hurricane season may get interesting. Joe Bastardi and the crew at Weatherbell Analytics predicted the Louisiana storm that caused the flooding more than a week in advance but MSM IGNORED IT. Keep an eye on Joe Bastardi's weekly and daily updates on the right hand side of their web page. Especially those who live along the east coast.

Aug 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
According to Weatherbell Analytics, South Florida will be bumped by a hurricane and then it will proceed and intensify landing in Louisiana.


See the daily update 8/24 on right side of page.
Aug 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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