- Hurricane Sandy discussion #2 Mon Oct 22 2012, 5:00 PM EDT: "THE AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTERS FOUND A BAND OF SURFACE WINDS NEAR 35 KT OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN QUADRANT OF THE CYCLONE...SO THE SYSTEM IS BEING NAMED AT THIS TIME."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #7 Tues Oct 23 2012, 11:00 PM EDT: "REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT SHOW THAT SANDY IS STRENGTHENING. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED 850-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS OF 65 KT AND SFMR SURFACE WIND ESTIMATES NEAR 50 KT. THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE WAS 989 MB. BASED ON THESE DATA...THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS RAISED TO 50 KT. THE AIRCRAFT ALSO REPORTED THAT A RAGGED EYE WAS FORMING."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #9 Wed. Oct 24 2012, 11:00 AM EDT: "DATA FROM THE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT SANDY HAS REACHED HURRICANE STRENGTH. THE AIRCRAFT JUST MEASURED A PEAK 700-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WIND OF 86 KT...AND BLENDING THAT WITH THE PEAK SFMR WINDS YIELDS AN INITIAL INTENSITY OF 70 KT. THE CENTRAL PRESSURE HAS ALSO FALLEN TO 973 MB BASED ON DATA FROM THE PLANE."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #11 Wed Oct 24 2012, 11:00 PM EDT: "CUBAN RADAR DATA AND REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT SANDY IS BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED THIS EVENING. THE CENTRAL PRESSURE HAS FALLEN RAPIDLY TO 954 MB... AND A 20-25 N MI WIDE EYE HAS DEVELOPED."
- Hurricane Sandy public advisory update Thurs. Oct 25 2012, 12:30 AM EDT EDT: "RECENT REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE HURRICANE SANDY HAS RAPIDLY STRENGTHENED...AND MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NOW ESTIMATED TO BE 110 MPH...175 KM/H. THIS MAKE SANDY A STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #12 Thurs. Oct. 25 2012, 5:00 AM EDT: "EARLIER THIS MORNING...SANDY MADE LANDFALL JUST WEST OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA AS A STRONG CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE. CUBAN RADAR DATA AND REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATED THAT SANDY HAD A WELL-DEFINED 20-24 N MI DIAMETER EYE WHEN IT MADE LANDFALL. THE AIRCRAFT REPORTED MAXIMUM 700-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS OF 117 KT AND BIAS-CORRECTED SFMR SURFACE ESTIMATES OF 91-92 KT."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #15 Thurs. Oct. 25 2012, 11:00 PM EDT: "REPORTS FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT SANDY HAS WEAKENED A LITTLE THIS EVENING. THE MAXIMUM FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS AT 8000 FT WERE 90 KT...AND DROPSONDES IN WHAT REMAINED OF THE EYEWALL SUGGESTED 70 KT SURFACE WINDS. THE CENTRAL PRESSURE HAD RISEN TO 968 MB."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #27 Sun. Oct 28, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT: "THE CONVECTION NEAR THE CENTER OF SANDY HAS BECOME A LITTLE BETTER ORGANIZED THIS EVENING...WITH A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTING A 25-35 MILE WIDE EYE WITH AN OPEN EYEWALL. HOWEVER...THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE STORM ARE NOT OCCURRING IN THE EYEWALL...AS THE NOAA AND AIR FORCE RESERVE AIRCRAFT FOUND A LARGE AREA OF AT LEAST 60 KT SURFACE WINDS ABOUT 100-120 N MI SOUTHWEST OF THE CENTER. IN ADDITION...THE AIR FORCE PLANE REPORTED 700-MB FLIGHT-LEVEL WINDS OF 102 KT. BASED ON THESE DATA...THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS REDUCED TO 80 KT...AND THIS COULD BE A LITTLE GENEROUS."
- Hurricane Sandy discussion #29 Mon Oct. 29 2012, 11:00 AM EDT: "SANDY IS MAINTAINING A SMALL AREA OF DEEP CONVECTION NEAR THE CENTER...WITH BOTH AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT DATA AND VARIOUS MICROWAVE SATELLITE DATA INDICATING A 20 N MI DIAMETER EYE HAS DEVELOPED SINCE THE PREVIOUS ADVISORY. … SANDY HAS BEGUN ITS ANTICIPATED LEFT TURN AND THE INITIAL MOTION IS NOW 335/11. THE HURRICANE SHOULD CONTINUE A GENERAL NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS OR SO AS IT INTERACTS WITH A MID/UPPER-LEVEL LOW OVER THE FLORIDA STRAITS. AFTER THAT...A DEEP-LAYER LONGWAVE TROUGH MOVING INTO THE EASTERN UNITED STATES SHOULD CAUSE SANDY TO TURN NORTHWARD AND NORTHEASTWARD. "
- Hurricane Sandy public advisory update Oct 29 2012, 8:00 PM EDT: "SURFACE...RADAR...AND AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT DATA INDICATE THAT POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE SANDY MADE LANDFALL NEAR ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY AROUND 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 80 MPH...130 KM/H. NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE TIDE GAUGES HAVE RECENTLY REPORTED STORM SURGE HEIGHTS OF 11.9 FEET AT KINGS POINT NEW YORK...8.4 FEET AT THE BATTERY NEW YORK...AND 8.6 FEET AT SANDY HOOK NEW JERSEY. WITHIN THE PAST HOUR OR SO...A SUSTAINED WIND OF 49 MPH WITH A GUST TO 73 MPH WAS REPORTED AT JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN NEW YORK. A WIND GUST TO 71 MPH WAS RECENTLY OBSERVED AT FARMINGDALE NEW YORK. "
I was well inland. I knew from the NHC advisories and forecasts from the NWS Mt. Holly that Sandy was a large storm with high winds (in excess of 58 mph) that would reach inland to where I was in the northwestern section of NJ. So on the 26th and the 27th I prepared and was glad that I did. We hunkered down and eleven days later we had our electrical power back (our power went out at 8:30 PM on the 29th). As most of you know, New Jersey and adjoining areas of New York were hit extremely hard by Sandy. It would have been a whole lot worse without the hurricane advisories and forecast discussions from the NHC as well as the forecasts and warnings from the NWS Mt. Holly. A lot of lives were saved because of the work of the Hurricane Hunters, the NHC, and the US National Weather Service at Mt. Holly.
- Summary and records (rainfall, peak wind, minimum pressure, storm surge)
- Radar images, storm summary, etc (includes links to still more information on Sandy)
- Link to Mt Holly Event Archive Page, click on 2012 under the graphic, then the link for Oct 29 - Super Storm Sandy (includes some of the information linked to above)
Part 1 (June 1): Hurricane Hunters: Introduction
Part 2 (June 3): From NOAA about the WP-3D, dropsondes, and the G-IV
Part 3 (June 5): A little more about the WP-3D Hurricane Hunter mission
Part 4 (June 8): more pictures and videos of NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters
Part 6 (June 12): NOAA's WP-3Ds undergoing major overhaul