How big is Hurricane Sandy? Really big


If you had any doubts about the scale of frankenstorm Sandy, check out NASA’s latest image to see its size compared to the entire planet. It was taken by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite this morning, October 28 at 9:02AM EDT.

Hoping everyone on the east coast of both the USA and Canada stay safe during this incredible storm.

  • MacsenMcBain

    Candles, check. Water, check. Peanut butter, check.

    Waiting for the skies to open/fall.

  • Line at Home Depot > Line at Microsoft

    • That’s because Microsoft is less important than survival. 🙂

      • Granted. But the number of people I saw waiting and ready to spend $600++ on a generator from a shipment that might not even come was astounding.

  • I always find it interesting how different regions respond to hurricanes (and rightly so!). Having lived on the east coast of south Florida for about a decade (Boca Raton), a category 1 would only get your attention if the eye was going to be passing right over you. Otherwise, it was little more than a slightly-worse-than-usual thunderstorm. By the time you got to a category 3, people started to pay attention. But with Florida houses being built like bunkers, they can afford to respond that way. It’s all cinderblock construction, not wood frame. The rooflines are all low-profile so that they’re harder for extreme winds to rip off. Taller walls tend to be reinforced by other structural elements, such as chimneys, so that they’re harder to knock over. Tiles for roofs tend to be avoided since they can become projectiles in high winds. The ground is loose and sandy, meaning it drains extremely quickly.

    In contrast, after we moved to the Houston area, we began evacuating a whole hell of a lot faster. The houses there had none of those elements I talked about to keep them together. Half the ones on the coast are on stilts. The ground is so thick and full of clay that they refer to it as gumbo, and it barely drains at all. When Rita hit in 2005, one person we know evacuated and came back to find their house gone but the stilts still there. They eventually found their house…intact and on the other side of a body of water. It turned out the storm surge had lifted it right off the stilts, floated it across the water, and landed it safely on the other side, with plates still in cupboards and most items left undamaged. It was surreal.

    All of this is to say, stay safe. A hurricane in New York is no laughing matter.