Hurricane or Post Tropical Cyclone?
October 29, 2012 6:38 PM Subscribe
Controversy has erupted over the National Hurricane Center's decision to not issue hurricane or tropical storm warnings for northeast coastal locations slammed by Sandy today. The NHC was betting that Sandy would lose its tropical characteristics before making landfall in New Jersey as "Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy". And warnings are only given for storms that meet the criteria of a true tropical cyclone. Here is their statement describing why they made that decision.
But to make matters more confusing the NHC was still calling Sandy a Hurricane as of 5:00 PM EDT today
...just an hour away from making land fall at Atlantic City and long after communities on the coast from Massachusetts to Virginia were experiencing storm surge flooding and hurricane force wind gusts. The meteorologists over at AccuWeather strongly disagree
with the NHC decision and believe the failure to issue hurricane warnings could potentially mislead the public about the actual risks involved.
This post was deleted for the following reason: This post seems to be making this into an accuweather fueled "controversy" more than it needs to be and maybe in the middle of a natural disaster isn't the right time to be stirring more shit up? -- jessamyn