Tracking a superstorm: A new look at Sandy
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 7:32 AM -
As tropical storm Andrea was drenching Florida and the U.S. eastern seaboard, NASA released a past simulation of Hurricane Sandy's near-surface winds.
The space agency says this simulation -- dominated by the ugly red spiral of Sandy as the storm careened toward the U.S. coast from October 26 and October 31 -- comes from its GEOS-5 global atmosphere model. You can see the winds picking up as it moves closer and closer to New York City and New Jersey.
NASA says this model "not only produced an accurate track of Sandy, but also captured fine-scale details of the storm's changing intensity and winds."
The storm, which reached Category-3 status, was directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of three hundred people from the Caribbean to the U.S., and caused more than $50 billion in damage, the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Forecasters are predicting another active hurricane season this year, but when tropical storm Andrea made its appearance as the first named Atlantic storm of 2013, it caused some damage and quite a bit of flooding and rough seas, but was relatively minor by comparison.
Its post-tropical remnants, however, make for a very rainy weekend in Atlantic Canada.
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