I've been searching for a neat-o map to display for today's Map Monday, because I wanted to post about this Hurricane Sandy event, & remember it this time next year to see if any familiar weather patterns happen around spooky Halloween season. I finally came across this awesome, live wind map (found here, actual site is here-be prepared to be shocked & awed!), & find myself being mesmorized by it! It's amazing to see, in real time, where the winds are blowing, & at which speeds they're enforcing during this heck-of-a-storm.
That's probably the only "cool" thing to view regarding this storm--Sandy seems to mean business.
I had to cut my Salem trip short yesterday due to Amtrak cancellations. It was a blessing I made it, let me tell you! I luckily caught the last train leaving Boston at 3:00pm. It arrived in Philadelphia at 1:00am, due to transformers catching on fire from high winds & fallen trees, high winds across bridges, & other such delays. It was a weird feeling to be a part of the storm this way--it felt like I was a part of some mission impossible & at any moment I'd have to pull out my Helen Hunt & Bill Paxton spirit & give the storm a one-two punch! Amtrak wasn't sure they'd continue past New Haven, CT, so it was a blessing it made it through the trip. Ten hours on a train during pre-hurricane weather I'm sure made everyone on that train want to poke Sandy's eye out (pun intended).
So, to my fellow, "tough" East Coasters, stay safe!