October, 2012

3 Sandy Movies And 2 Satellite Views

October 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

Here’s a silent time-lapse movie of lower Manhattan from Sunday at 1:00 PM through Tuesday at 2:30 PM. Note the new World Trade Center toward the right and the Brooklyn Bridge running from center screen to left. Movie runs about 3 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE that there is an expletive as this event happens (about 40 seconds in). This movie is the collapse of the front facade of an apartment building in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

PLEASE NOTE that there is an expletive toward the beginning of the following video. A group of teenagers were watching the approach of the storm in a residential neighborhood when trees begin to fall…and a fire starts due to a downed power line.

Finally, a couple of satellite pictures; they are both rather large. And rather than present them in a squeezed-down format, I’ve uploaded them to an image-sharing site.

This first one appears to be from Saturday night. Florida is on the lower-left portion of the picture and you can follow the East Coast northward from there. The lights of Hampton Roads appear to have been obscured by the thicker, taller clouds (& rain) that we were experiencing at that time.

And this last picture is from yesterday. It shows the enormous reach of Sandy…all the way up to Greenland, then southeastward to the British Isles.

Sandy Impacts Millions

October 31st, 2012 at 9:08 am by under Weather

Sandy has had a long history of damage ever since the Caribbean.  There was flooding in Haiti, problems in Jamaica, and damage in Cuba.  Caribbean Damage. This was just the beginning.  Then the storm moved north and caused flooding in Florida and over parts of the Bahamas. The storm moved northward and threatened the east coast.  Luckily the storm moved farther offshore and didn’t skirt the coast as hurricane Floyd did in 1999.  It’s amazing though that we had such big local impacts yet the storm was over 250 miles away.  It was not a typical hurricane as it had some features of a tropical system and some of a nor’easter.  Along the coast the storm caused tidal flooding, wind damage, and heavy rain.  The storm moved inland Monday night around Atlantic City New Jersey. The pressure was an impressive 946 millibars.  For reference Irene had a pressure of 942mb over the ocean.  951 mb at landfall over North Carolina.

Sandy’s Impacts

There are many stories that are developing across the Northeast and Midwest states.  Flooding and damage all along the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Heavy rain from Ohio to New Hampshire.  Snow over the Appalachians.   So many states impacted.

Now Sandy will slowly grind down to a halt.  Conditions will steadily improve.  For us we have already improved (in terms of weather).  We’ve already seen some sunshine.  Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy today.


There may be a stray shower inland/north, but otherwise the rain will stay away.  The winds won’t be bad…southwest at 10-15mph.  That should allow for the water to finally go down and stay down on the Eastern Shore.  Highs will be in the upper 50s.  We should be good for trick-or-treating tonight.  Temps will be in the 50s.  Skies will be partly cloudy.

We will stay cool and dry into the weekend.  A weak area of low pressure may sneak in here by Sunday and give a few showers.  I’m looking forward to having a nice quiet weekend.  A full weekend as well.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

LMF: Song For Sandy

October 30th, 2012 at 11:18 am by under THRS Live Music

I hope everybody fared well with Hurricane Sandy yesterday.  Everyone here at the station rocked and rolled with providing coverage for our entire region that was in the path of the storm.  A lot of people have asked me recently how I get through Lake WAVY to get to work.  First, let me explain what “Lake WAVY” is for those who don’t know.  Our station is located about a block away from the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth and whenever we get a strong wind from the North and Northeast combined with high tide, that “pushes” the river into the city and floods our surrounding streets thus creating Lake WAVY and turning our station into WAVY Island.  So whenever we have a major storm to cover, our shifts start around the high and low tide schedule.  We park at the Park-N-Ride and a station van comes and picks us up.  We stay until the lake recedes.

In the short break I had from coverage, I was able to finalize the rest of the Live Music Friday schedule for 2012.  We have a great lineup that finishes the great year we’ve already had and 2013 is already shaping up to be the biggest year.  Here is a look at who will be gracing our Live Music Friday stage.

Nov. 2   Cole Childers

Nov. 9   K’bana Blaq

Nov. 16 Like A Storm

Nov. 23 Bekah Eden

Nov. 30 Jae Sinnett Trio

Dec. 7   Bria Kelly

Dec. 14 Solemn Flight

Dec. 21 Boot Rooster

Dec. 28 The Best Of Live Music Friday

I’m going to be working on a couple of recap blogs for the end of the year but I want this to be the first THANK YOU to all of the bands and musicians for getting up super early or just staying up all night to come in and perform on the show.



Effects From Sandy…A Monster

October 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am by under Weather

Sandy was a monster storm that is still affecting an area that is over 1000 miles across.  From North Carolina to Maine….  From New York to Wisconsin. It came onshore last night as a category 1 hurricane with 80mph winds near Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Satellite Radar Of Post-Tropical Sandy

The blue in the map above is snow.  Some areas out in West Virginia and Ohio will see over a foot of snow.  We’ve had flooding in the northeast, millions of people without power, and lots of local flooding as well.  The rain was pretty in-line with the projected forecast.

This is the 48 hour rain totals according to the National Weather Service sites:

Rain Totals

We had one person in Virginia Beach email and say that they had 8.53″.  Our weather watcher Scott in Yorktown had 6.74″ for the whole event.  Henry in Denbigh had 5.64″.  There were probably some areas on the Eastern Shore that had more than the 8.34″ shown.  I didn’t get the report from the Northern Neck nor the Middle Peninsula due to a phone problem.  Please feel free to submit your totals in the comments section.

Due to the heavy rain there was localized flooding.  However the tidal flooding was a huge problem. The tide at Sewell’s Point got up to 6.8ft.  That was below Irene (7.55ft), but some folks in Hampton Roads still had flooding that was similar to that hurricane.  Suffolk was a good example of that.  Duck , NC didn’t make it up to 8 feet as forecast, but it was over 7ft (About 7.6ft).  Wachapreague did make it up to  7.52ft.  We have had numerous reports of flooding due to either the direct tidal surge or from the northwest winds over the sound and the Bay.  Here are some photos of the tidal flooding.  This first photo was from Oceanview in Norfolk.  It is from Javaris Bass in Norfolk:

Tidal Flooding In Oceanview

This was a very common sight across a huge portion of Hampton Roads.

The third picture is from Hampton.  Joe Durham sent us a pic of some folks taking a trip down the street via kayak:

Flooding In Hampton

The final picture is from the Eastern Shore.  I now they had a lot of flooding up there, but the reports I’ve seen are scattered.  This one was sent in by Kyle Bundick from Chincoteague.  It shows some rough water up that way.

Flooding On The Eastern Shore

I know there was a lot of flooding there.  Again…feel free to submit any photos that you have to reportit@wavy.com.  There are many more photos of the storms at our photo:mojo on wavy.com.  On top of that t There was major damage to the Avalon Pier.  Andy Fox had that story yesterday.   There was likely a lot of beach erosion as well up and down the coast.

The winds were very gusty as well.  Luckily they were a bit below the forecast.  So we had more scattered than widespread power outages.  Folks weren’t so lucky up towards Washington D.C. where they did have widespread blackouts.  The gusts around here did pick up as the storm got closer.  Wallops Island had a gust to 68mph around 4:46pm.  Norfolk International Airport had a gust to 51mph.  Virginia Beach had a gust to 49mph.  Langley had a gust to 46mph.  Newport News…47.  Kill Devil Hills had a gust to 48mph.  Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and reports.

Today the winds will gradually subside. The rain will linger into the evening.  Then after about 10mph things will really quiet down.  Temperatures are very chilly.  It was in the 40s this morning, but the wind chills were in the mid 30s.  We will see another cold night tonight with low near 40.  Wind chills solid in the 30s, and there may be a couple of low temperatures in the 30s even.  Tomorrow we will have a lot of clouds clouds with a little sunshine.  Things should be fine for Halloween tomorrow.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies, a bit breezy, and temps in the low/mid 50s.   Next weekend is something to look forward to.  Skies will be mostly sunny with highs in the low 60s.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler




Norfolk HS Football

October 29th, 2012 at 10:06 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

Moving football games to Saturday this season caused problems this weekend for Norfolk High School.

But they are going to make them up tomorrow, two four o’clock games, Granby will take on Booker T Washington at Powhatan Stadium at ODU while Lake Taylor will host Churchland at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Then there will be two games played at 6:30, Norcom and Maury will meet in the night cap at Powhatan, while Wilson and Norview will follow that Churchland Lake Taylor game at the Sportsplex.

Here is the schedule for Tuesday , October 30,2012. (This is subject to change)

@ Powhatan Stadium

4:00 pm : Granby vs BTW

6:30 pm: ICN vs Maury HS

@ Va. Beach Sports Plex

4:00 pm: Churchland vs Lake Taylor HS

6:30 pm: Wilson vs Norview

Sandy Making Landfall

October 29th, 2012 at 8:54 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

Sandy has finally made landfall around 8 PM near Atlantic City, NJ. Sandy is now considered to be a post-tropical storm meaning that the storm lost its tropical characteristics. Just because this system is not considered tropical doesn’t mean it is going to be any less powerful.  The warm core in the middle of the storm dissipated as Sandy moved over cooler water.  Sandy is going to interact with a large upper level storm system, which will keep the storm strong and also slow it down. There is still going to be significant flooding along the Delaware and Jersey shore as well as in NYC. Sandy will be impacting areas across New England all the way into the weekend. But…things will be improving somewhat across Hampton Roads on Tuesday.

Winds are still going to be strong across Hampton Roads tonight, but the strongest winds will be across the Eastern Shore, closest to where Sandy made landfall. Check out the latest wind gusts:

Wind Gusts

The Eastern Shore could see wind gusts up to 65mph tonight.

Wind Direction & Radar

Winds are blowing out of the west across Hampton Roads tonight which will help blow the water out of the bay and into the ocean. However, a westerly wind will push all of the water in the bay onto the bay side of the Eastern Shore. We could see severe tidal flooding across the Eastern Shore tonight and early tomorrow morning during high tide. High tide at Kiptopeke is at 9:15 PM tonight and 9:32 AM tomorrow morning. Earlier this morning, the tide at Kiptopeke reached 6.8 feet. The tide is forecasted to peak between 4.8′-5.3′ tonight, which is lower than this morning, but still considered to be moderate to severe tidal flooding. Tides will be even higher farther north across the Eastern Shore, so don’t let your guard down yet.

The rain will taper off Tuesday afternoon/evening and we will begin to dry out on Wednesday. Just in time for Halloween!

Meteorologist: Tiffany Savona


Sandy Part 2: Rain & Wind Update

October 29th, 2012 at 11:34 am by under Weather

Sandy is still a hurricane.  The 11 am update came out and the storm has actually strengthened.  It is still a category 1 hurricane, but the winds have increased to 90mph.  The pressure dropped slightly to 943mb.  It is moving NNW at 18mph.

Sandy Forecast

It’s a clash of the titans as the air in West Virginia is so cold that there is snow.  The tropical moisture from Sandy is ramming into that colder airmass and the battle ground is right over Hampton Roads. That’s why we have so much rain here.


So far the winds haven’t been too bad.  We’ve had some gusts to 40mph near the shore.  Inland winds have only been to about 25mph, maybe 30.  It’s really picking up over on the Eastern Shore.  The winds will steadily decrease over North Carolina through the afternoon.  Again…The wind will pick up over the Eastern shore and some over the Northern Neck:

Wind Forecast

The rain totals are stacking up.  Jeff put together the numbers up until 11:15am.

Rain Totals Up To 11:15am.

The rain will continue to stack up, but it will taper off tonight from south to north.  We still could see 8-12″ on the Eastern Shore.  We do still have quite a bit of heavy rain around the region.  Rain will be more scattered tomorrow, but will continue.  It will wrap up by Tuesday night into Wednesday.  Halloween looks intact.  Just cool, dry, and breezy.

The tide has peaked and we are slowly improving in that regard.  Sewell’s Point topped out around 6.8ft which was below the Irene level of 7.55ft.  Tonight’s high tides will be about 2-3 ft less across the region except the Eastern Shore.

Some folks are asking about snow behind this system.  I think it is possible closer to I-95, but I don’t think it will happen here.  We’ll just be too warm.  Still it’s amazing to have a hurricane and snow affecting Virginia in the same week. Stay safe out there.   Things will improve soon for most of us.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Sandy Part 1: Tide Update

October 29th, 2012 at 8:19 am by under Weather

Just like many of the recent movies…I am going to break up this blog into two parts so that I can get it out in a timely manner.  The tides are rising this morning.  They are going to be the highest tides of the last 3.  The winds are north/northwest which typically doesn’t produce much of a high tidal rise.  However, I mentioned in a previous blog that this tide is more of a swell than a direct surge.

Tower Cam

A swell is a wavy that moves away from the center of the storm while the surge lies close to the center of circulation.  So the tide is between now and about 10am.  The tide forecast has improved a bit just in the last 2 hours.  The models have reduced the water rise just a little for the Outer Banks and the Eastern Shore.  So here is the tide for Duck, NC.

Tides For Duck, NC

The high tide was at 7:40am.  It is an improvement as the tide was forecast to reach 8 ft.  I didn’t get a chance to raise the line in the graphic above, but it has.

The tide for Sewell’s Point is running in-line with the previous forecast.  It is forecast still forecast to be close to 7 ft.

Sewell’s Point Tide

That is not expected to be as bad as Irene or Isabel. For Sewells Point high tide occurs at 9:24am where we will see the tides peak around 6.8 to 7.2ft.

For Wachapreague, the high tide is no longer 9 feet.  Now it will aim more for 8.4ft.  So it’s good news, but not great for the Eastern Shore.

Tide For Wachapreague

The tide has already peaking there are 8:45am.  Here is the link to keep track of the current tides in your area.

Tide forecast

Here is a map for quick reference:

Tide Forecast Map

The winds this evening will be more west/northwest.  This will allow for the tide to go down along the coast and in Hampton Roads.  However, the bay side of the Eastern Shore will still see tidal flooding.  As Sandy moves towards the Delmarva the tide will also stay fairly high on the ocean-side this evening.  Also, some tidal flooding will occur on the Sound side of the Outer Banks as the winds turn.  It should be a lot less than what was at the ocean, and that would be moderate.

This is the first part of the blog.  I’ll put out the second piece later this morning that will talk about the rain, the wind, and the overall.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Sandy’s Highest Tide (Monday AM Update)

October 29th, 2012 at 3:42 am by under Weather

As of 3am we are currently at a low tide, but all of the models across the area are forecasting this next high tide to be the Big One. So lets break it down:

Expected Tides Across Our Area for this morning.

The high tides for Duck and Wachapreague are still expected to cause major flooding and there could be some significant damage from these tides. The time for high tide is at 7:24am for Duck, NC and 8: 43am for Wachapreague. For Sewells Point high tide is at 9:24am.

The forecast for Duck is close to 8ft. Possibly a 9ft high tide for Wachapreague. Keep in mind flooding can start as early as 3 hours before and 3 hours after high tide. Towards Yorktown and the Middle Peninsula tidal flooding should be similar and possibly slightly higher than yesterday’s High tides.

If you area is in red and you had flooding during Irene you should consider seeking shelter at higher ground while the tides comes in. After this the high tides will be significantly lower and we will quickly be back to normal.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Quick PM Update On Sandy (8pm tide update)

October 28th, 2012 at 5:43 pm by under Weather

(See update below in bold). 

For a longer/more thorough blog about Sandy see my previous one.  The 5pm update came out on Sandy and there is basically no change.  It is still a hurricane with winds of about 75mph and a pressure of 952 mb (millibars).  It was 270 miles ESE of Hatteras NC, but the last update was about 260 miles southeast of Hatteras.  Earlier on the satellite loop it looked like Sandy was trying to move more to the east, but that wasn’t mentioned by the National Huricane Center.  The rain has been coming down steadily, and I hate to say it in the middle of the storm, but the rain has actually been kind of nice.  I know some folks that have been in the drought are appreciating it like our weather watcher Ed in Williamsburg. He’s already had a couple of inches as of this afternoon.  From the radar estimate it looks like most of the region has had about 2-3 inches.  While there have been some heavier spots, the rain has been less convective (thunderstorms/heavy downpours) and more stratiform (steady and widespread).  That’s basically due to the warmer/more moist air pushing into the cooler airmass. Almost like an overunning type storm.

Local Area
The wind has been up for the afternoon. Earlier we had some gusts to 50mph near the shore.  Winds have generally been gusty to about 30mph inland and to about 50-55near the shore.  This speed is a bit below the forecast.  It may increase a little tonight, but I think it will continue to come in a bit less than the models.  That would tend to give more scattered than widespread power outages.  Cross your fingers.  The winds will increase towards the Eastern Shore as the storm heads towards the northeast states later tomorrow into Tuesday.  By Tuesday the winds will be strong, but they will be northwesterly.  That will lower the tide generally, but keep it up on the Bay side of the Eastern Shore and the sound side of the Outer Banks.
Despite the lower winds, the tides are still forecast to be high.  This morning was just a touch over the forecast.  We are still on track for this evening for similar tidal flooding.  Here is the link again for the tidal forecasts around the region: Tide forecast.  Choose MDL when you get there.  Despite the winds trying to turn more to the north/northwest the tide forecast is still high for Monday morning.  Usually a northeast winds produces the highest tides in the region.  Our winds are forecast to be north/northwest.  However, this tide  from Sandy seems more of a swell than a surge.  A surge is usually right around the center of the storm or very close to it.  A swell is a wave that travels farther from the storm.  Surfers get to enjoy these when a storm is far at sea Like leslie and Nadine earlier this year.
Because of the swell nature of these tides, it is expected to still be bad near the coast.  However, the Chesapeake Bay (Sewell’s Point for instance) is expected to be less than Irene.  It is aiming for 6.5  to 7 ft versus 7.55 ft for Irene.  That is much less than Isabel (7.94 ft), but the Duck, NC forecast is still close to Isabel’s tidal surge.  Stay tuned as the tidal forecast is always tricky around here.  Beach erosion and overwash over the Outer Banks are likely.  The tide is also forecast to be high on the Eastern Shore.  Don and Tiffany will be in with updates through the evening.  Plus our group of anchors and reporters.  Good luck with the storm everybody.
(8pm Update: The tide forecast has come down a little for tomorrow morning.  Duck, NC is now forecasting about 7.7ft which is a small reduction, but in the right direction.  Sewell’s Point is now about 6.6ft.  So there is some good news.  Wachapreague is still high. Just under 8 ft).  The forecast may still change a bit so keep checking the link provided. 
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler