The ugly aftermath of "Superstorm" Sandy continues in the Northeast. Hundreds of thousands still without power and even without a home. Unfortunately, those who are still having issues nearly a week after Sandy struck are going to have new problems to deal with. More on this in a minuet but first, here is a great graphic that puts Sandy into context.
I'm not the biggest fan of The Weather Channel...too mainstream weather for me. My biggest gripe is their forecasting ability for cities not named Atlanta, Boston, Chicago or New York. But I have nothing wrong with their research department. Looking into the past is something they do quite well! They published this graphic that compares Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy with Tropical Storm Irene (last year's most costly tropical system) and Hurricane Katrina from 2005. The numbers are impressive given that Sandy only topped out as a Category 1 storm and wasn't even tropical at landfall!
A Nor'easter is a typical winter-time storm that forms along the Atlantic southern coast and speeds up along the coastline bringing wind, rain and snow to the Northeast. Nor'easter gets its name due to the direction of damaging winds, not where it strikes.