Helping Business Weather the Storm

Hurricane Sandy by the Numbers…

by Mike Eilts, on Nov 1, 2012 12:34:42 PM

As you might imagine, the past 7 days here at WDT® have been very demanding! We knew Sandy had characteristics that would brand her a “historic” storm; but just how historic was yet to be determined. With our custom products though, we were able to provide our customers with very specific information prior to landfall. Economic impact by industry, potential damage to residential zones, even details as specific as areas with broad leaf trees that are more susceptible to wind damage are examples of the information we provided.

Our WeatherOps™ team of meteorologists worked 24/7 delivering custom maps and forecasts, expert interviews for television coverage, and 16 separate webinars to participating customers. After the storm made landfall our WeatherOps Forensic Analysis team activated and has drawn a set of post Sandy GIS product layers that depict Rainfall Totals, Extreme Precipitation Index, and Wind Analysis for the entire path of Sandy. You can contact for details.

Over the course of this event, WDT served over 500 million requests for data, amounting to 10 terabytes of data transferred. We sent 1 million alerts to our iMap Weather Radio App customers and our RadarScope App served 1.5 million requests for radar information during the period. All without a glitch!

Here are a few Sandy-specific stats from the Associated Press we think you will find interesting:

  • 50 - Estimated (and rising) number of people killed in the U.S. from the storm, more than half in the state of New York (22 in New York City alone)
  • $17.6 billion – WDT’s HurrTrax- Hurricane damage model estimated economic impact due to U.S. damage from Sandy
  • 932 - Sandy’s size, in miles, as measured by diameter of tropical storm–force sustained winds at landfall — nearly double the diameter of Hurricanes Isaac and Irene
  • 11.91 - Inches of rain from Sandy recorded in Wildwood Crest, N.J., as of Oct. 30
  • 15 - Hours it took to evacuate 300 patients — including 20 infants from the neonatal intensive care unit from New York’s NYU Langone Hospital using darkened stairwells
  • 2.7 million - Mentions of Sandy on Twitter in the 12 hours before and 12 hours after landfall

We want to thank all of our customers for riding out the storm alongside WDT. We invite you to contact us for notification of future special event coverage and remind you we are here every day to satisfy your custom weather needs, regardless of industry.

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