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The purpose of the NYCMetNet is to monitor, document, report and investigate the meteorological conditions in NYC, the surrounding metropolitan area, and supporting neighboring communities. This is accomplished with remotely-sensed data received from operational and research satellites, observing platforms and established ground-based meteorologic data collecting stations, and includes other wind reporting paradigms that the Optical Remote Sensing Laboratory of The City College of New York (ORSL) has installed or developed. Often, our event reporting utilizes data from our Radar and Sodar Wind Profilers to better define, quantify and offer data for fine analysis.

From time to time, a significant event occurs that impacts public health and well being, and is therefore of immense interest to the community, including atmospheric scientists who work on climatologic modeling techniques and algorithms. Some of that data is presented and discussed here in the context of a local weather event.

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  1  Hurricane Sandy WindBarbs

Hurricane Sandy Windbarbs

New York, November 7, 2012

While the New York Metro regions recovers from Hurricane Sandy and prepares for the approaching winter season, scientists at CUNY CREST are using cutting edge technology to help explain, prepare, and inform the region in anticipation of the winter season. The real-time hurricane Sandy storm data collected from CUNY CREST's radar wind profilers measure wind speed and direction from ground surface to more than 6,000 feet (2 kilometers) above the surface of the earth. Click on the thumbnail of Figrue 1, below, to see the vertical profile of the sustained hurricane winds over 100 miles per hour (44.7 m/sec.)

  • Compare Figure 1 with Figure 2 to get a sense of the wind velocity magnitude change during the storm.
  • Compare with Figure 3, a normal day in the week preceeding the hurricane's arrival.
  • The maximum wind speed measured by this site was xyz miles/hr, well above that reported by the NWS.
  • Note the wind direction reversal shown in Figure 4.

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