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The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

Scientists have developed awe-inspiring visualizations of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic states one year ago next month. The visualizations, created using state-of-the-art computer models, amount to some of most detailed looks at any hurricane to date. Scientists based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder … Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea Brings Heavy Rain to East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea Brings Heavy Rain to East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is weakening, but is dumping very heavy rain from South Carolina northeastward to Maine.… Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is likely to spread a plume of heavy rain from Florida to the Northeast during the next several days, potentially leading to flooding in some areas. Already, it is spreading heavy rain into water-logged Florida, where f… Read More

Post Sandy, Wetlands Could Help Shore Up NYC’s Defense

Post Sandy, Wetlands Could Help Shore Up NYC’s Defense

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the discussion of how New York City’s shoreline can be protected has taken on new urgency. So-called “soft measures, such as wetlands and oyster reefs, are seeing a burst of new attention as possible alternatives to “hard measures such as storm surge barriers. … Read More

How Fujiwhara Effect Will Toss Hurricane Sandy Into U.S.

How Fujiwhara Effect Will Toss Hurricane Sandy Into U.S.

Occasionally, two tropical cyclones get close enough to one another to do the Fujiwhara dance. It happens only rarely in the Atlantic. Computer models predict that Sandy is going to do it, not with another tropical cyclone, but with the vortex center associated with the larger extratropical storm. … Read More

How Hurricane Sandy Can Become a ‘Frankenstorm’

How Hurricane Sandy Can Become a ‘Frankenstorm’

To some degree, it probably will be a hybrid storm that shares characteristics of two parents: Sandy, a tropical cyclone (the broader term including hurricanes and tropical storms); and an extratropical “trough, or upper-level low pressure system associated with a big wiggle in the jet stream. … Read More

Sandy Is a Truly Unusual Event, Worthy of Our Attention

Sandy Is a Truly Unusual Event, Worthy of Our Attention

This year, Hurricane Sandy is threatening a wide swath of the East Coast from Virginia through Maine. Sandy remains a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of 80 mph as of 8 a.m. Friday. The expected path of Sandy resembles a backward “S as it will first swing away from the coast and then curve back toward the northwest.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy Looks More Likely to Slam Eastern U.S.

Hurricane Sandy Looks More Likely to Slam Eastern U.S.

Recent studies have shown that blocking patterns have appeared with greater frequency and intensity in recent years, which some scientists think may be related to the loss of Arctic sea ice as a result global warming.… Read More