Hurricane Sandy (Tropical Cyclone Sandy) dominated our thoughts yesterday while we waited for it to arrive and now it is again foremost in our minds as we watch the parade of the damages on the media. It seems to me that the NYC area has been hit by storms an inordinate number of times lately, but it is a coastal city on a huge ocean and sources seem to suggest that it has always been a target. NYC, usually such an exciting destination, sounds sadly lacking in creature comforts at the moment. Now I know New Yorkers are tough and will make the best of things. Eventually they will get the electricity back on and they will clean up the evidence of the flooding and life will go on, but I bet right now spirits might be lagging just a bit and at least half of New Yorkers are cold this morning. Queens was hit hard with a number of devastating fires. And when New York is hit, New Jersey is also hit. This time New Jersey took the direct hit. Lots of New Jersey is much more suburban than NYC so individual homes and businesses are hit rather than high rises. In high rises only the lobby may be involved in the flooding, but in more suburban areas more families will be homeless and will have to rebuild. Our thoughts are with all of these people today.

Snow is a really unusual outcome in a hurricane or tropical cyclone and yet West Virginia and North Carolina are fairly deep in snow. As someone who lives in a very snowy northern city these snowfalls don’t seem particulary problematic, but as someone who once spent a snowy week in Greensboro, North Carolina, I now understand that snow removal equipment is scarce in North Carolina and that cleaning up after 2 or 3 inches of snow is a much more difficult operation than it is here.  Perhaps snow removal is not so slow in W. Virginia, but in both cases melting snow often turns to ice which is far more dangerous than snow. These states do not have salt available to melt ice.

Yesterday I waited for Sandy to arrive in my part of New York State, but it never really did. It is moving very slowly and is still centered in Pennsylvania. It also seems to be taking a track that will take it west of me into Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Canada. How often does a tropical storm take a track like this? Almost never I would guess but of course if we really want to know we have the internet to tell us.

I am technologically challenged and have yet to learn the full capabilities of my camera, but I did attempt to make two movies of wind yesterday but so far I cannot get them to load. I’ll update this later if I figure it out.

In the New York Times this morning there is a slide show of past hurricanes that hit the NYC area. Here’s the link:

Well, I never was able to figure out how to load my “wind” videos, but we didn’t have much wind so all you would have seen is two different groups of trees with colorful leaves blowing around. But after watching all the footage of the damage I can see that it will take time to fix the damage this storm brought with it. We will be watching to see when you get your lights back on and as you deal with the messes Sandy has made. Please keep us all posted. We wish you warmth and comfort.

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