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Top Climate Events of 2012

January 4, 2013

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By  Angela Fritz

Superstorm Sandy
Superstorm Sandy was truly astounding in its size and power. At its peak size, twenty hours before landfall, Hurricane Sandy had tropical storm-force winds that covered an area nearly one-fifth the area of the contiguous United States. Most incredibly, ten hours before landfall, the total energy of Sandy’s winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terrajoules–the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969, and equivalent to five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy’s tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. Over 130 fatalities were reported and over 8.5 million customers lost power–the second largest weather-related power outage in U.S. history, behind the 10 million that lost power during the Blizzard of 1993. Damage from Sandy is estimated at $62 billion.


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