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 AccuWeather.com 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 AccuWeather.com’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 AccuWeather.com. 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″
By comparison, Hurricane Ike had 7.5 million over his entire path.
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.