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Waiting for Hurricane Sandy. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v6n2 1030

Wed Oct 24 2012

I drove supplies to my son Allister at Richard Stockton College near Atlantic City. He told me that he was rowing on Oct 27, and that the college was extremely concerned  about the impending hurricane and "Frankenstorm".

I spent the evening trying to find a flight to Sydney leaving Oct 31. I realized rapidly that if the storm was anything like its predictions, a flight ticket on Oct 31 was useless, I would not even be able to get to New York City even if the planes were flying.

Richard Stockton College click here.

Sun Oct 28

2pm Philadelphia. I arrived at church, at the Tansi Igbo mass at St Cyprian's Church. The congregation was half the usual size, but the choir was complete and the music was wonderful as always. The Harvest Festival and Bazaar scheduled was cancelled because of the impending storm, but the priest Father Kiernan decided that the food that had been made had to be eaten, so after church we all trooped down to the basement.

Ah, the basement. During a memorial service in June, the basement floor was under 3 inches of water, and so I mopped and mopped and mopped. Seeing a woman in African clothes stand around and do nothing would have been a bad example. Some of the women followed me and helped, a lot of the women are nurses and have young children and get little sleep: they sat around dazed with their babies and some of the men, waiting for the floors to be cleared.
I am thinking the basement will be under 6 inches of water tonight.

Father Kieran click here.

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Above and below, Newton Lake Park, Camden County, New Jersey  after Hurricane Irene in Aug 2011.
Mon Oct 29 2012

Tens of millions of residents have been evacuated and I am looking at pictures of flooded streets in coastal towns from Virginia to New Jersey. The sea water is high already in New York City, and that is really worrying the officials in New York.

12.25pm South Jersey. The trees are moving slightly, gray day, drizzling rain. My contractor got bored at his home, made 2 attempts to drive from his house to mine but the cops stopped him; third time he made it and is happily spackling and listening to music on the radio.

2.52pm South Jersey. I have heard from my daughter at Drexel University. She is catching up on homework and studying since classes and rowing are cancelled fro 2 days. She is going to have to make a mad dash to a campus shop for some essential supplies. I haven't heard from any of my 3 sons, or from a Haitian who is important to me. Are the phone lines down in New York City?

Haiti click here.

Rain, rain and more rain. Not heavy but not stopping.

10pm South Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City at 8pm. Atlantic City is 50 miles to my east; enough distance to stop the trees doing anything but wave happily in the wind.

Richard Stockton College, 9 miles from Atlantic City and with a huge lake in the middle of campus, is flooded, and I have not yet heard ether the solar panels in the parking lots have survived.

Where I am, we miss all extreme weather, all terrorism, all danger. Everything just blows over the top of Haddonfield and drowns Philadelphia, New York.

My son Angus in Edgewater New Jersey, which is across the Hudson River from Harlem: no power. My son Allister is camping out in Haddonfield while his college mops up the mess at Richard Stockton College. My son Miles in Baltimore: he seems to have ignored the storm and has kept building robots. My daughter Patience is still doing homework in Philadelphia in the Drexel dormitories.

I finally heard from my Haitian friend in Manhattan: last night, after speaking with me,  he nipped out to NYC's JFK airport last night and decamped to Chicago.

A few trees are still waving at me, but nothing is loud, nothing flickered, nothing has fallen.

Cold and dreary, and the police stopping all cars: we are all in prison. But a good prison, getting ready to fly to Oz on Monday for 20 days.

But 100 miles north in New york City: my goodness, shelters are filled, forced evacuations, flooded streets, no power, street furniture and trees have fallen down all over the city.

Tues Oct 30 2012

Press release from New York City: "Notification issued 10/30/12 at 2:00 PM.  All NYC East River bridges are open but please stay off the roads and allow emergency personnel the opportunity to restore essential city services.  All MTA bridges except the ones in the Rockaways are open. NYC public parks will be closed until further notice."
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ZCZC MIATWOEP ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
500 PM PDT Tue Sep 17 2019

For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical
Storm Kiko, located more than 1000 miles west-southwest of the
southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, on Tropical Storm
Mario, located several hundred miles south of the southern tip of
the Baja California peninsula, and on Tropical Storm Lorena,
located a couple of hundred miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

1. An elongated trough of low pressure lying near the coast of
southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador is producing a
large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers that extends
several hundred miles southward over the Pacific waters. Gradual
development of this system is anticipated during the next several
days, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend while
moving westward or west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph. Locally heavy
rainfall is possible along the coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala and
southeastern Mexico during the next few days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

Public Advisories on Mario are issued under WMO header
WTPZ34 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPEP4.
Forecast/Advisories on Mario are issued under WMO header
WTPZ24 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMEP4.

Public Advisories on Lorena are issued under WMO header
WTPZ35 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPEP5.
Forecast/Advisories on Lorena are issued under WMO header
WTPZ25 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMEP5.

Forecaster Berg




Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:09:14 GMT


CPHC Central North Pacific Outlook

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ZCZC HFOTWOCP ALL
TTAA00 PHFO DDHHMM

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HI
800 AM HST Tue Sep 17 2019

For the central North Pacific...between 140W and 180W:

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure
about 550 miles southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii have become better
organized over the past 12 hours. Environmental conditions are
expected to be marginally conducive for some development over the
next 24 hours as the system moves toward the northwest. By late
Wednesday or Thursday, environmental conditions will become less
conducive for development as the low interacts with another
disturbance approaching from the west. Regardless of development,
this system is expected to bring locally gusty winds and heavy rain
to portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument over
the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low
pressure, located about 900 miles west-southwest of Kauai,
continues to remain disorganized. This system is expected to
slowly move northeast into unfavorable environmental conditions.
Development, if any, will be slow to occur. Regardless of
development, this system is expected to bring locally gusty winds
and heavy rain to portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National
Monument over the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

3. An elongated area of low pressure lies around 700 miles southeast of
the Big Island of Hawaii. Slow development is possible during the
next several days while the area slowly moves westward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Elsewhere, no tropical cyclones are expected during the next 5 days.

Forecaster TS




Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:40:57 GMT