Hurricane Sandy: a view from space

Hurricane Sandy as seen from space.

Hurricane Sandy as seen from space.

Hurricane Sandy grew to be an enormous mass of wind stretching nearly 1,600 kilometres across at times.

As Wired Science reported:

In the whole globe image above, captured by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite on Oct. 28 at 9:02 a.m. EDT, Sandy is a huge white swirl centered just off the east coast of the United States, merging with a cold front on its western edge.

The rest of Wired’s gallery contains other impressive views and videos from space, as well as a “living” wind map and a map showing where an estimated 12 million to 15 million people have lost power.

Though downgraded to a post-tropical storm, still pummelled the East Coast of the United States. The massive storm has drowned neighborhoods, knocked out power to millions and ignited fires that have burned down dozens of homes.

The spectacular image below was taken by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite on October 30 at 6:02 a.m. EDT.

A spectacular image of Hurricane Sandy passing over the Easter seaboard.

(Source: Wired Science)

The New York TImes reports that the daunting process of rebuilding after a storm has now begun:

“The toll — in lives disrupted or lost and communities washed out — was staggering. A rampaging fire reduced more than 100 houses to ash in Breezy Point, Queens. Explosions and downed power lines left the lower part of Manhattan and 90 percent of Long Island in the dark. The New York City subway system — a lifeline for millions — was paralyzed by flooded tunnels and was expect to remain silent for days.

“Accidents claimed more than 40 lives in the United States and Canada, including 18 in the city.”

Hurricane Sandy floods Ground Zero.

President Barack Obama approved disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey, making them eligible for federal assistance for rebuilding.

“All of us have been shocked by the force of mother nature,” said the president, who plans to visit New Jersey on Wednesday. He promised “all available resources” for recovery efforts.

“This is going to take some time,” he said. “It is not going to be easy for these communities to recover.”

There was no immediate estimate of the losses from the storm, but the scope of the damage — covering more than a half-dozen states — is estimated to be in the billions of dollars.

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7 comments

  1. Mochacino · · Reply

    South America looks priiiiiitttty sik from space

  2. Thomas Delight · · Reply

    Hope snooki survived sandy

  3. Hopefully we can learn that we don’t exist outside of nature, we are apart of it like everything else.

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  7. The pictures from NASA are amazing and do a good job of illustrating just how large storm systems like Sandy are and how they can affect such a large multinational area.

    Hopefully all the countries effected by Sandy can get access to funds to help them repair and recover. This is especially true for countries like Haiti which is still recovering from the devastating earthquake.

    Maybe the UN or the wider international community can step in?

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