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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2012 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hurricane Sandy: NASA, others in its path

Hurricane Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane on Oct. 28, according to the National Hurricane Center. Sandy has drawn energy from a cold front to become a huge storm covering a large area of the eastern United States.

Hurricane Sandy's reach has grown on satellite imagery, and during the morning of Oct. 28, the storm intensified as there was a large pressure drop.

Above: NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy's western cloud edge is already over the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.

The National Hurricane Center warned early on Sunday (Oct. 28), that "Sandy expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the Mid-Atlantic coast including Long Island sound and New York Harbor, winds expected to be near hurricane force at landfall." Storm surge in the Long Island sound is expected between 6 and 11 feet.

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center will be closed on Monday as a result of the storm. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, home to space shuttle Enterprise, will also be closed.

Editor's note: For our members and readers in the path of the hurricane, please take caution and stay safe.

moorouge
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posted 10-28-2012 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To view the latest weather pictures of the hurricane, in fact world wide pictures, one can log onto the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station. One has to register, but this is free.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2012 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area have now been ordered closed to the public on Monday, Oct. 29.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-28-2012 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now living in Lacey; haven't been told to leave but we're packed up and ready to go.

micropooz
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posted 10-28-2012 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Goddard is also Code Red for Monday, which means only essential (for maintenance of Goddard or to run 24/7 tests) personnel allowed on site.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2012 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The National Air and Space Museum (both on the National Mall and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center) will be closed on Monday as well.

randy
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posted 10-28-2012 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by moorouge:
To view the latest weather pictures of the hurricane, in fact world wide pictures, one can log onto the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station.
Thanks for the link to the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station.

Mike Z
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posted 10-28-2012 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to wish everyong in the path of Sandy all the VERY VERY BEST and be SAFE! We are all ready for it to pass through here in Maryland.

Michael Clemente
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posted 10-28-2012 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live in Atco, New Jersey and the storm is going to directly pass right over us. The whole state is in a state of emergency and all of the schools are closed. My work has even shut down. I have a generator in case I loose electricity. I can only hope for the best.

Mike Dixon
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posted 10-29-2012 01:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thinking of all of you .... take care and stay safe guys

moorouge
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posted 10-29-2012 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For aviation buffs, the effect on air transport of 'Sandy' can be seen on Flightradar24.com.

As at 13.00 GMT some flights were still operating out of Logan, Boston.
On edit - an Emirates 777 landed at Dulles at 14.15 GMT. The last one in before Sandy's landfall?

albatron
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posted 10-29-2012 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of us in Florida, who endure these on a more routine basis just follow the rules of common sense.
  1. Be prepared. Lay in provisions (water, non heat or refrigerated required foods).

  2. Prepare to evacuate if told to.

  3. Consider your residence, do you feel secure to endure a Cat 1 hurricane in it? If not, find a shelter.

  4. Know ahead of time the rules of the shelter. Traditionally its bring your own food, sleeping arrangements, and usually, no pets. So you may need to make pet arrangements ahead of time.

  5. If staying, fill your sinks and bathtubs with water. You can use this water to flush your toilets with. But use it sparingly as you do not know how long the power will be out. Rule of thumb: "If its yellow, leave it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down". I don't mean to be gross but it is good advice.

  6. Make sure your cars have full gas tanks, if the power goes down you will not be able to gas up for a while.

  7. Traffic rules say when there are no working lights at an intersection everyone stops and proceeds as if it's a 4 way stop. Look out for the a** clowns who do not adhere to this.

  8. Stay far away from downed power lines - they can energize wet conditions from far away. This kills more people than the hurricanes themselves.
There are more but this is a start.

Good luck, and as you all do for us in Florida when we face these, we'll keep you all in our prayers.

micropooz
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posted 10-29-2012 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that the people are the priority here, but let me ask - How well protected is OV-101 Enterprise right now? Last I heard, it was under an inflatable dome, and those don't seem to be the most hurricane-proof things in the world...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-29-2012 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See the discussion about Enterprise here.

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posted 10-29-2012 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mike Z:
I want to wish everyong in the path of Sandy all the VERY VERY BEST and be SAFE!
Same here. My brother lives just outside DC so I'm very anxious how his house will come out of this as he's got trees all around it.

I get sick queasy just thinking about what might happen to the Enterprise in that tent if the worst comes as the news is saying it will.

Lots of priceless aircraft in the path of this storm. DC won't get the brunt of it, but it's going to get hit hard and I'm concerned about the Mall and Dulles museums for obvious reasons. God forbid, there might be TWO orbiters tossed around by this storm...

Spacefest
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posted 10-29-2012 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like the hurricane scored a direct hit on cS member Gerry Montague, just north of Atlantic City. Yesterday, he was preparing to leave, grumbling about having to pack up his collection.

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posted 10-29-2012 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm an hour west of there and the barrier islands got hit very hard. Hope he and his family are ok.

Cliff Lentz
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posted 10-30-2012 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The jersey shore took a beating. My parents are down in Cape May and have been without power since 11PM Monday

We were in the path of Sandy but had very little damage. I went to work Monday to get the papers out but couldn't resist putting NASA.gov up on a spare computer and we all got to see the ISS make two passes. Boy, they look so calm from space.

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posted 10-30-2012 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spacefest:
Yesterday, he was preparing to leave, grumbling about having to pack up his collection.
It's good to read that he evacuated. I just saw that Brigantine Island, where he lives, was closed off and had very heavy damage. So it may be a few days before he can return home.

If anyone left Gerry a message and is waiting for a response, that also might take a few days (at a minimum).

Skyforce1
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posted 10-31-2012 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came through Sandy in good shape, only lost power for about 32 hours. I called Gerry and left a message.

My thanks to everyone for writing and thinking of us during this devastating storm.

J.L
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posted 10-31-2012 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mjanovec:
If anyone left Gerry a message and is waiting for a response, that also might take a few days (at a minimum).
I did receive an e-mail from Gerry this evening. He is still in limbo... not being allowed back on the island yet. A messy situation for sure. Keep Gerry and Henia in your thoughts.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-31-2012 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost hate to post this, since people have lost so much, but we are back at home in Lacey, having left Monday after the power went back out; just shortly after we got back, electricity was restored. We have no damage.

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I got in my car at 5:00 a.m. this morning and drove to my office to find a water pipe had burst due to the building flexing in high winds (or so my super speculated) and my office flooded. My collection of astronaut signed books destroyed, as well as an Apollo 17 crew signed poster and a Apollo 9 crew signed litho.

I had no time to worry about my loss as I had people to assist around NYC and NJ. I then drove to Queens where I heard that a friend had been killed, while sitting at home, by a falling tree. I found that everything that needed doing had been done by his neighbors, they're good people.

I then drove to south Queens to check on a 80 year old woman, and get her medicine, whose son I work with, who is stuck out of the country as the airports are closed. Few elevators are working, and the elderly need someone to help them out. I could see the smoldering devastation of Breezy Point, where 111 houses burned to the ground during the hurricane.

I never made it to my last stop as the roads were too bad today, too many traffic lights out as well, but I will get there tomorrow, to assist an elderly client, a fellow veteran, who has trouble getting around and needs some assistance, that he "doesn't want to bother the police with... who are busy." He's my hero.

But tonight I will climb to the 20th floor of a blacked out skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, to bring a co-worker and her small son to sleep on my couch so they will have someplace with lights and running water to sleep.

RocketmanRob
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Murph, thanks for everything you've done to help everyone out. As a fellow New Yorker I can agree that the destruction in NYC and its fellow easy coast cities is unbelievable. This has been nothing short of a disaster in this city.

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I feel a bit guilty (and also extremely grateful) by saying that my area made it through Sandy without damage (for the most part). We lost power from Monday to Wednesday, though, and there's (understandably) still some fluctuations in the grid.

I will say that, driving around, it's absolutely unreal to see trees uprooted on every block. There's a rather large one that was simply broken in half - the break's about ten feet in the air. I live within walking distance of a gas station, and it's also surreal to see both the number of cars and the number of people with gas cans lined up in both directions.

I can't imagine what people are going through at the shore and almost everywhere else in this great state. My heart goes out to them.

Murph
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posted 11-02-2012 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Murph   Click Here to Email Murph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to send out a thanks to a couple of fellows on this board, who upon me mentioning the damage to my collection when my office flooded, contacted me and offered some of their items to replace mine. They represent what is best about this website.

Such generosity is rare, and I appreciate their offers, Gentlemen all! Stay safe!

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