Superstorm Sandy conditions measured at Cary weather station

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The Cary Institute has been monitoring weather conditions at our state-of-the-art environmental monitoring station since 1988. The long-term data from this station can be used to tell us about our changing climate and allows us to collect continuous measurements during extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy.


Our Environmental Monitoring Station collects temperature and precipitation data as well as variables related
to air pollution, such as acid rain, air quality, and streamwater chemistry. 

Sandy data

Meteorological conditions were measured at our weather station as the storm passed over Millbrook on October 29, 2012.

1am-6pm: Barometric pressure falls steadily. Wind from N and NE. Wind speed picks up.

6pm-7pm: Eye of the storm closest to Millbrook, NY. Barometric pressure at lowest point (28.4); Wind direction shifts from NE to SE (90°-135°). Wind speed drops.

7pm-11pm: Back side of storm. Barometric pressure increases. Wind direction remains from the SE. Wind speed increases with a maximum of 52mph at 8:27pm. 


From the satellite photo of the storm, you can see that the wind is from the north-northeast before the
eye passes over and then from the southeast after the eye passes over.

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