Have I mentioned yet how much I love storm watching? Probably a result of growing up in Oklahoma, dodging tornadoes. There’s just something about swirling clouds that fascinates me. The more I learn about storms, the more they fascinate me. Fronts, pressure, water in all it’s forms, clouds with names I can barely pronounce. They simultaneously exemplify the progress made with science and instruments of measurement, while maintaining the massive superiority of chaos, chance and Mother Nature.
So, of course, I’ve been very interested in Sandy. Thanks Jarhead for all the updates! A hurricane, melding with a winter storm front, full moon, high tide and all smashing into the most populated corridor of our country. Yea, I’m hooked. Beyond the cool new weather jargon, “Post-tropical,” “Hybrid vortex,” it’s interesting to catch glimpses of the different human responses. Stoic – I’ve been through worse, I’ll stay on my barrier island. Clueless – I’ve got tape on my windows and I’ve pulled the candles out, what more do I need? To the ever popular, newsperson on the beach, shouting over the wind and rain, which has even crossed into the radio-sphere; as that is how I get most of my current event updates.
The prepper in me is hoping for something interesting to happen, whether it’s a prolonged power outage or infrastructure failure. I say that, not because I’m hoping for someone else’s misery, but because I’m interested to see what the response is. Will barrier island refugees give a bad name to the shelter in place types? Will we see anything like we saw in Katrina? With complacent New Yorkers (or Manhattanites) discovering their sense of security is false as a 10 foot high surge crashes into their borough? Is there enough food in New York to hold everyone over until electricity comes back on? What about water, it’s not like there are any hand pumps in Times Square.
There’s a bit of disconnect though, for me. Iowa won’t get a drop of rain from this event. As I sit here in the peace and calm (well as calm as it ever gets with a toddler and a baby) I know there are 50 million people who are going to have a VERY long, VERY hard night. On the other hand, I know I will feel some effects , with 2 refineries shutdown now, as well as ports closed and planes grounded, I’m likely to see prices increase on some things until the East coast is up and running again.
Hurricane Sandy is beginning to have a noticeable economic impact on the U.S., forcing major oil producers to cease operations in their refineries in the North East. With Sandy expected to traverse a path that hosts 6.5% of the nation’s total refining capacity, and tight supplies due to regulation, prices for refined products could surge to new highs. Amid thin trading and illiquid markets, prices for gasoline and heating oil are already on the rise and are expected to move higher. Forbes
Not great news as we move into winter.
Some closing thoughts on this slightly meandering post. Do you have any weather forecasting equipment? Do you know how to use it? You can tell a lot from simple barometric pressure and wind speed. It could save you some heartache later.
Stay safe out there y’all.
– Calamity Jane