posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 01:25 PM
Originally posted by majesticgent
1. Sandy is a 2000 mile storm. Name some storms as large as Sandy in the Atlantic Basin this large that has made landfall.
Sandy is not a 2000 mile storm. If this was the case, it would cover most of the US. The US coast to coast is 2900 miles.
2. The wind field of Sandy extends 525 miles from the center, once again I ask you to find some storms with a wind field this large that have
made landfall in the Atlantic Basin.
The wind field is a bit misleading. The hurricane force winds extend 175 miles from the eye, while tropical storm winds extend 485 miles from the eye.
So we are not talking about feeling the full force of the wind 500 miles out. Keeping in mind, tropical storm force winds covers a range from 39mph to
73 mph. The US experiences these types of wind gust routinely.
3. Yes all cyclones weaken when they hit land, but the low pressure doesn't go anywhere and when it interacts with the Arctic air mass with
all of the instability and moisture fueling it from the Atlantic, it will be a severe Nor'Easter event.
I think you have been watching "The Perfect Storm" movie one too many times. A Nor'Easter is very literally a winter hurricane. It shares many of
the same characteristics of a hurricane, including rotation of the storm system and an eye. One storm system will not feed the other.
A similar event occurred back in 1993, but it was sub-tropical low not a Hurricane, and more of a blizzard than a typical Nor'Easter, which
caused $6.6 billion dollars of damage. I don't like using Wiki as a source, but the sources listed in the article are legit, and it's centralized so
I did anyway
What you are attempting to compare this to is like comparing apples to oranges, and again, I never said there will be no damage. I have been very
clear on the economic or monetary results.
4. On top of that when is the last time a storm that produced a storm surge this high has hit a populated Northeaster corridor.
I am glad you asked this question, it may help to give us all some perspective. Considering the storm surge is projected to be 6-11 feet the answer
would be Hurricane Isabel in 2003 which brought a storm over 8 feet to the Chesapeake Bay region which extended from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and
We can also compare it to the New England Hurricane of 1938 known as "The Long Island Express". It made landfall over Long Island and Connecticut as
a Cat 3 hurricane and brought a storm surge of over 12 feet... which exceeds all predictions of Hurricane Sandy's storm surge.