Sandy has now come and gone but many people are still dealing with the effects. The landfall was in southern New Jersey Monday night. If you remember our broadcast from Friday or previous blog posts we talked about two possible tracks, a northern New Jersey landfall and a southern track that would have Sandy making landfall into the Delaware bay. Actual landfall ended up pretty much being smack in the middle. That's why her effects weren't fell in EVERY area of the Valley, it looked like Sandy was going to move a bit more to south but she did not.
Be thankful if you barely felt any effects, because Shenandoah county was hit hard. As were the Higher Elevations.
We had forecasted anywhere from about 2"-7" of rain. So how did we do?
Even though that was a very wide gradient, that's exactly what happened.
This image is radar estimated rainfall totals from the National Weather Service.
You can clearly see how the heaviest rain stayed in northern Shenandoah county and northern Page, as well as Hardy county.
Even around a half inch in some areas towards Augusta county.
Actual rainfall totals from our weather watchers are as followed:(Rain is in blue, snow is in yellow).
You can see reports of over 7" of rain 2 miles west of Woodstock, to under a half inch in Churchville.
In Harrisonburg rain totals were under 1.5". Snowfall in the Highlands ranged from 1.5" in Monterey, VA to 21.5" in Bayard, WV.
Quite the rage, and how about that snow while we are on the subject.
As mentioned in earlier blog the blizzard warnings were only for the High elevations 2,000 feet and above.
This is why we didn't call for snow in the Valley other than possible blowing snow or snow mixing in with rain.
You can clearly see this is what we call an "elevation dependent" storm.
The temperatures in the Valley did not support snow (at least not yet).
Sandy also set the lowest pressure record for this part of the Atlantic, at one point she was down to 940mb of pressure, this means it was an INTENSE storm. Some of you may have felt a headache or joint pain Monday because of the incredible drop in pressure.
At our station the pressure was down to about 981mb of pressure. And the tighter the pressure gradient, the stronger the winds. I do think we had the extreme wind gusts, but the sustained, or steady winds seemed to be lacking. Wintergreen resort reported a wind gust of 72mph! In Timberville a gust of 38mph was reported, and in Dayton gusts at 52mph were reported.