Thursday, January 10, 2013

Seaside Heights, New Jersey


Hurricane Sandy (or Superstorm Sandy as many have been calling it) made its landfall on New Jersey in late October of 2012.  While I doubt many of you reading this managed to not hear about this event, let me give you a brief summary anyway:

THIS HAPPENED
image credit: NASA

While there have been many stronger hurricanes both barometrically and velocity-wise (Wilma, Gilbert) and more lethal (Katrina, Mitch), Hurricane Sandy covered an exceptionally large area belonging to an exceptionally large & dense population.  Combine that with the fact that this area rarely receives a direct hurricane strike and voilá, you get the most talked about meteorological event of 2012 (at least in the USA).

Even without being the most powerful, destructive, or lethal hurricane of all time, Sandy was still a cruel beast.  The storm surges and wind damage certainly did a number on the Jersey Shore.  That brings me to Seaside Heights, NJ where Casino Pier seems to have misplaced one of its roller coasters.

The animation below shows September 20, 2010 and November 3, 2012:


Also note the reduction of sand on the beach.  I imagine that most of that will likely end up being rebuilt by the state during the next year or two in order to sustain the summertime tourists.

You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords:     39°56'33"N     74°04'07"W

More info: Jeff Master's Wunderblog during the month of October

NEW!!!: I've added a map feature to my blog near the top of the page where you can use Google Maps to see a spatial view of all my blog post locations.  Nifty right?

Check back in two weeks to see one more before and after from 2012's most talked about hurricane.