Sandy by the numbers

Published 2:30 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As residents and officials throughout the Northeast assessed the damage left behind by the still-churning storm that was Hurricane Sandy, the meteorologists at were assessing the storm.

They’ve also debunked a myth associated with the storm. Sandy is not the strongest hurricane north of Cape Hatteras, according to’s Justin Roberti.

A near-record low barometric pressure occurred with Sandy offshore Monday afternoon. The pressure bottomed at 27.76 inches, Roberti stated in an email.

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For a storm north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., 1977’s Hurricane Gladys holds the record at 27.73 inches. Gladys was a Category 4 hurricane that remained off the coast of the U.S.

Still, Sandy was plenty strong, as evidenced by the damage it left behind, by the fact that it’s still wreaking havoc as it heads into the U.S. Midwest, and by the measurements taken by meteorologists.

Following are some of the Sandy’s most important measurements as of Tuesday afternoon, as compiled by Note that the storm continues to bring wind and snow to parts of the Midwest and higher elevations of the Appalachian region, so some of these numbers are likely to change.


Highest rainfall totals, by state:

Oceana/Virginia Beach, Va.: 9.57″

Patuxent River, Md.: 8.23″

Atlantic City, N.J.: 5.57″

Lorain, Ohio: 4.29″

Washington, D.C.: 4.68″

Wilmington, Del.: 4.68″

Ft. Ritchie, Pa.: 4.14″

Martinsburg, W.Va.: 4.06″

East Milton, Mass.: 3.03″

Jaffrey, N.H.: 2.54″

Niagra Falls, N.Y.: 2.4″

Jackson, Ky.: 1.64” (includes measurable snowfall)


Highest wind gusts by state (>74 mph):

Eatons Neck, N.Y.: 94 mph

Montclair, N.J.: 88 mph

Westerly, R.I.: 86 mph

Madison, Conn.: 85 mph

Cuttyhunk, Mass.: 83 mph

Allentown, Pa.: 81 mph

Highland Beach, Md.: 79 mph

Chester Gap, Va.: 79 mph


Highest snow amounts, by state:

Redhouse, Md.: 26″

Bowden, W.Va.: 24″

Gatlinburg, Tenn.: 17″

Payne Gap, Ky.: 14″

Wise, Va.: 14″

Champion, Pa.: 13″

Buladean, N.C.: 8″

Bellefontaine, Ohio: 3.5″


Power outages:

7.4 million

By comparison, Hurricane Ike had 7.5 million over his entire path.


Top waves:

39.67 feet (Buoy #41048)


Top storm surges:

The Battery, NY: about 9 feet above normal

Kings Point, NY: about 12.5 feet above normal

New Haven, CT: about 9 feet above normal


Lowest pressure on land:

945.5 mb (27.92″ Hg) at Atlantic City, N.J.