State Climatologist Ken Dewey marvels at the force of Superstorm Sandy and the wide path it has cut through the East Coast.
“Nothing of this magnitude has hit the East Coast in over 100 years,” Dewey tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN’s Jack and Dave Show.
Sandy made landfill in New Jersey Monday evening, lashing the East Coast with 80 mph winds, killing at least 33 in nine states and cutting power to nearly 8 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Maine.
Sandy, a Category One hurricane, collided with a cold-weather system creating a huge hybrid that spawned extremely heavy rain as well as snow in West Virginia and Maryland. It stretched as far as Chicago, which received rain from the storm, according to Dewey.
Dewey says Sandy set more than a few records.
“Record lowest pressure, the amount of rainfall, the amount of snowfall and the impact it has on people is noteworthy,” according to Dewey. “When we have a Gulf storm hurricane come in, it’s not as densely populated as it is along that East Coast.”
As widespread as the effect of Sandy has been, Dewey doesn’t expect Sandy to have an impact on Nebraska weather.
“What it’s going to do for us is put us in this tranquil pattern, because we’re far enough away from it,” Dewey explains. “The cold air has swept through here, bringing us down to near-normal temperatures and it’s that cold air, seasonally cold air, that hit the warm, tropical air coming in with that hurricane that created this massive super storm that we call a perfect storm with everything coming together at the right time.”
Sandy seems to be blocking any stormy weather from hitting the state.
“The drought that started last summer doesn’t seem to show any signs of ending here,” Dewey says. “So, the good news for us is that big storm has blocked the weather from moving west to east. There’s nothing coming in off the Pacific and we just sit here with daytime sunshine, weak winds and no precipitation.”
Dewey calls Sandy an epic storm.
AUDIO: State Climatologist Ken Dewey talks about Superstorm Sandy with Jack and Dave on KLIN. [4:25]