NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, October 29 at 9:10 a.m. EDT (13:10 UTC). Sandy’s center was about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City. Tropical Storm force winds are about 1,000 miles in diameter.
Image Credit: NASA GOES Project, via EarthSky.
As I look out my window now, it's storm-dark as evening falls. We've had blustery winds all day and the waves on Lake Michigan in Kenosha County have reached as high as 22 feet—people there are sandbagging lakefront homes. Incredibly, here in Wisconsin—a third of the way into the North American landmass—what we're experiencing is the very farthest edge of the massive storm system known as Sandy.
(In the NOAA photo above, we're just to the west and about a third of the way up the coast of Lake Michigan, visible to the left of the storm's western edge.)
It's impossible to say anything appropriately scaled to the extent of this huge storm or the damage already caused by it. While all of those affected directly by the storm should be in our thoughts, perhaps it's permissable to note that many of our TOP reader friends along the Eastern seaboard—especially in the Northeast—aren't with us today. They've got bigger worries and in many cases, no doubt, no power.
For those Americans with electricity, there's an NBC Special tonight at 10:00 p.m. (9:00 Central Time) about the storm and its aftermath. I'll be watching. There are some photojournalistic aspects of the storm coverage we might discuss, but...later. In the meantime, on behalf of all of us, our wishes, our concern, and our thoughts are with all our readers and friends under the pall of Sandy's far-reaching spiral.