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Speaking of Superstorm Sandy, I found out the other day the fourth reason it was so devastating in NYC.
We first note that Superstorm Sandy hit land as a mere Category 1 'cane, with many meteorologists thinking it had actually reduced itself to Tropical Storm levels by that point. As someone's who's ridden out three hurricanes, I can assure you a Category 1 is considered a 'cupcake' compared to a Cat 3.
But as for the destruction in NYC:
1. It arrived at high tide.
2. It arrived while there was a particularly large high pressure out to sea, making the tide go even higher.
3. Despite being struck by two storms larger than Sandy in the previous century, both times causing immense flooding, nothing had been done to shore up the waterline defenses.
And then I saw it mentioned in some comment the other day:
4. It was during a full moon.
Unlike you landlubbers, I can tell when there's a full moon out without looking at either a chart or up in the sky. It's when I go "Whoa-a-a!" as I step off the boat to the dock suddenly far, far below. :)
Katrina wasn't even that powerful a storm. But the landfall at the Pearl River meant that the Mississippi delta blocked the outflow of the storm surge backing in up along the coast. This led to flooding in Mississippi at what the U.S. Navy hurricane manual predicted for a Cat 5.
And New Orleans was not really impacted at all by the storm itself. Katrina just revealed decades of malfeasance in the flood control projects. I remember the news of relief for New Orleans the morning after the storm went ashore. It took a day or so before the extent of the levee failure to become apparent.
True, Camille was a much stronger storm than Katrina. But that wouldn't fit the narrative.
I liked the part where he said storms are much stronger now when they have been less frequent and weaker for the last eight years. The man is clearly delusional. Thank God he was never our president (though I might even prefer him to Obummer).