Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mini-Update: Sandy Spares Vermont but Not Mid-Atlantic

We awoke this morning to the sound of raindrops and gusty winds.  Just the sort of weather you'd expect in late October.  No hurricane winds, just enough wind to blow the rain against the window.

As I look online and hear from friends, it looks like Vermont was mostly spared Sandy's damage.  There are a few trees down and a few power outages.  But hear in Montpelier, if I didn't know what was happening elsewhere, the only thing odd I would have noticed was the odd clouds and the much warmer rain than usual.  Yesterday was actually a somewhat nice day.

My heart goes out to those in the Midatlantic and other areas that were affected by this storm.  There will be much, much more to say about Sandy in the future, but for now, I'm just thankful we were spared this time.  After what happened in Irene we would not have done well with another disaster.

Matt Sutkoski of the Weather Rapport blog (from the Burlington Free Press) has pointed out that the White Mountains may have also shielded us from much of the rain and wind.  Mount Washington picked up a 140 mph wind gust!  The complex topography of Vermont makes rain and especially wind hard to predict.  During Irene, East Middlebury had almost no wind and the rain, while heavy, was not catastrophic.  Little did we know the rdige behind our home had picked up around 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours... at least we didn't know until the river came through town.

Best of luck out there.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't think you'd be getting the same winds initially, but long lingering rainfall seemed more likely especially since it's all supposed to head your way slowly. Keep us updated

    Thanks and be careful!