Nov 14, 2012

32-Foot-Plus Waves From Hurricane Sandy 2012 Topple Records

New York, NY
Seaside Heights, NJ
Breezy Point, Queens, NY
Atlantic City, NJ
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Fairfield, CT
USA
by
Andrew Freedman
,
Climate Central
NASA visualization of the wind field associated with Hurricane Sandy as it approached the Mid-Atlantic coast on Oct. 28, 2012. Photo: NASA
NASA visualization of the wind field associated with Hurricane Sandy as it approached the Mid-Atlantic coast on Oct. 28, 2012. Photo: NASA

Hurricane Sandy 2012 has already broken dozens of records, from the lowest air pressure reading ever recorded in the Northeast to the highest storm surge on record in Lower Manhattan. After reviewing wave height data, the National Weather Service office in Philadelphia has determined that the wave heights recorded at two buoys — including one monster 32.5-foot significant wave height at a buoy near the entrance to New York Harbor — set records for the largest waves seen in this region since such records began in 1975.