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Winter '12 - '13

Fall 2012 in Review

Superstorm Sandy
The 900-mile-wide Superstorm Sandy left a huge swath of damage when it hit the Northeast last week, claiming at least 106 lives in the United States and two in Canada after earlier killing 67 around the Caribbean. Worst-hit New York state suffered 48 deaths, including 41 in New York City. Twenty of those were in Staten Island. As communities grapple with the human toll, the price of the damage is stunning: between $30 billion and $50 billion, according to disaster modeling firm EQECAT. As millions will attest, the headaches are far from over.

In New Jersey, Sandy cut off barrier islands, swept houses from their foundations and washed amusement pier rides into the ocean. It also wrecked several boardwalks up and down the coast, tearing away a section of Atlantic City's world-famous promenade. A huge swell of water swept over the small town of Moonachie, and authorities struggled to rescue about 800 people, some of them living in a trailer park. Police and fire officials used boats to try to reach the stranded.

In New York, the storm sent a nearly 14-foot surge of seawater, a record, coursing over Lower Manhattan's seawalls and highways and into low-lying streets. The water inundated tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. A large tanker ship ran aground on the city's Staten Island. In Queens, nearly 200 firefighters tried to contain an enormous blaze that consumed more than 80 homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood. They had to use a boat to make rescues and climbed an awning to reach about 25 trapped people.

In West Virginia, Sandy also brought blizzard conditions to the Appalachian region with more than 2 feet of snow in some places with major power outages. Some snowfall totals from the storm as of midday Tuesday include 26 inches at Redhouse, MD
; 22.9 inches at Davis, WV; 13 inches at Champion, PA; 12 inches at Lynch, KY; 8.4 inches at Burkes Garden, VA; 5.6 inches at Boone, NC.

Winter Precip Outlook

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal precipitation across parts of the Midwest and Tennessee Valley. They are also forecasting below normal precipitation across parts of the Southwest and California.

Winter Precip Outlook

Winter Temp Outlook


The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal temperatures across the Southwest and Plains. They are also forecasting below normal temperatures across the northern Plains.

Winter Precip Outlook

2012 Records Broken


According to NOAA, the summer of 2012 will go down in the history books as the third-warmest summer on record for the lower 48 states. The nation’s second-warmest summer occurred just in 2011, and the only other summer that was warmer than the past two occurred during the Dust Bowl era of 1936. This summer was just two tenths of a degree cooler than the summer of 1936.

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