Call it a beast, a monster, a meteorological bomb, or a behemoth. The extreme storm offshore eastern New England and slamming the Canadian Maritimes is all of those things.
WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue estimates the storm’s (integrated kinetic) energy is four times that of superstorm Sandy, based on its enormity and power.
@ericfisher maybe 4 times more powerful than Sandy based on integrated KE of wind field— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) March 25, 2014
As predicted, the storm literally exploded overnight, its pressure crashing from the levels of a pedestrian mid-latitude storm (1002 millibars) to a category 3 hurricane (around 964 millibars). And its pressure is still falling.
The storm has absolutely raked extreme eastern Massachusetts, with hurricane force wind gusts up to 82 mph logged in Nantucket (the strongest since at least the March 1993 Superstorm and Hurricane Bob in 1991) and up to 10 inches of snow.
Evaluating Nantucket ASOS data, today’s 82 mph gust seems to be the fastest gust recorded since ASOS data flow began Apr 1, 1998— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 26, 2014
Buoys offshore coastal Maine (in the Bay of Fundy) have recorded gusts exceeding 100 (including a 111 mph gust):
Pictures speak louder than words, so let’s take a look at this thing; some serious meteorological eye candy here:
1. Color water vapor view
2. Visible wide-view
3. Visible portrait view
4. The biggest storm in the world
5. Side by side: Water vapor and visible view
6. Lightning in the storm along occluded front ( + and – symbols)
7. It’s huge, extending into the Caribbean
Part of the nor’easter extends down to the Caribbean, part is being drawn north to Greenland. Complex system, massive pic.twitter.com/81SIzWi5or— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 26, 2014
8. Double vortex in the center!
10. Just spectacular
11. High resolution view from Suomi-NPP satellite
12. NASA MODIS high resolution image
1. Incredibly tightly packed pressure field (contours of equal pressure or isobars), indicative of strong winds
2. Amazing simulation of surface winds
3. Hurricane force winds apparent in this model simulation
4. Deep reds show large area of strong winds
RAP 15z (1-hr forecast) valid at 12 EDT had hurricane force winds over large area southwest of Low center (962 mb) pic.twitter.com/o6g1iyRFsC— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) March 26, 2014
5. Giant ocean waves predicted tonight (30-50 feet!)
On the ground: photos/video
1. Nantucket scene
2. Nantucket frozen over
3. Nantucket: Harbor Square under water
4. Halifax scene
5. Halifax white-out
6. Video from Halifax
7. Waves crash into Scituate, Mass.
Link: Nova Scotia Live Webcam