Hurricane Sandy – A picture (map) is worth a thousand words.


Hurricanes and cyclones are global weather events which require the mapping capabilities of weather satellites.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. National Weather Service is part of the NOAA and it keeps track of hurricane activity on both coasts of the United States.  Their hurricane mapping web sites were invaluable in keeping track of the Hurricane Sandy as it moved along Atlantic Ocean and made a landfall in NJ.

Beside NOAA, the United States Geological Service (USGS) is the nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency.  It also provides maps and aerial photos of the cities, towns and coastlines.

Google Maps has their own satellites and has produced maps and images of the  Hurricane Sandy as it moved along the Eastern Seaboard.

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  • NOAA’s Weather Service Map shows that the highest tidal wave was 12.58 feet hitting Sandy Hook, NJ.  That was the wave, which Monday night flooded the New York City’s transit tunnels and subway system.  This was one of the most devastated blow rendered to the city’s mass transit in its 108 year history.
  1.  NOAA’s Flood Gauge Watch   (click on the empty box below Brooklyn)
  2.  National Weather Service Prediction Center (NOAA) 
  • The USGS’s tracking map below shows the path of Sandy as it moves inland.
  1. http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/files/2012/10/Figure-11.jpg
  • NASA has been keeping track of the storm too and posted their images on their Flickr site.
  1. NASA Goddard Flight Center 
  • The New York Times has one of the best interactive graphics. Their interactive maps  integrate timelines with photos and satellite images.
  1. Assessing the Damage From Hurricane Sandy (10/30/2012)
  2. Wind Speeds Along Hurricane Sandy’s Path (10/30/2012)
  3. Hurricane Sandy’s path before landfall (10/26/2012)
  • WNYC New York City Radio Station posted a weather satellite radar map which tracks the location of the sandy over the Eastern Seaboard and is updated every two minutes.
  1. WNYC Storm Tracker In Real Time (updated every two minutes)
  • Google Maps has stepped up and having their own satellites does help.  Their Crisis
  1. Google’s Crisis Map of Hurricane Sandy (10/29/2012)
  2. A stunning Map of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds by Mother Nature Network (10/29/2012)
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