Hurricane Sandy: Storm WAS more powerful than Hurricane Katrina

Sandy WAS more powerful than Hurricane Katrina – and it is the second most powerful storm in modern history

  • Sandy was more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb
  • The storm surpassed Hurricane Katrina, given the power associated with the size ratio
  • Sandy can become the second most expensive hurricane behind Katrina
  • Although it was only Category 1 during the landing, Sandy generated a significant storm surge over hundreds of kilometers

Hurricane Sandy is the second most powerful hurricane in modern history, with an even higher than that of Katrina, according to a measurement of the strength of the hurricane in relation to its size.

Researchers have found that Sandy & # 39; s Integrated Kinetic Energy Index, or IKE, quantifies the strength of a hurricane based on how far the wind force of tropical storms extends from the center, second after hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Hurricane Sandy & IKE was 140 Terajoules, which was about 20 Terajoules higher than Katrina, according to Brian McNoldy, a senior researcher at the Rosenstiel School of Marin and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

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Sandy only had a category 1 rating because of wind energy, but collected a considerable storm flood after hitting land

Sandy only had a category 1 rating because of wind energy, but collected a considerable storm flood after hitting land

Color enhanced satellite image of Hurricane Sandy Color enhanced satellite image of Hurricane Sandy

Color enhanced satellite image of Hurricane Sandy

Sandy a few hours before it finally landed on the east coast of the US. Sandy a few hours before it finally landed on the east coast of the US.

Sandy a few hours before it finally landed on the east coast of the US.

Record-setting storm: Hurricane Sandy was more powerful than Katrina, but power was more dispersed, researchers say Record-setting storm: Hurricane Sandy was more powerful than Katrina, but power was more dispersed, researchers say

Record-setting storm: Hurricane Sandy was more powerful than Katrina, but power was more dispersed, researchers say

& # 39; Sandy & # 39; s IKE was more than 140 Terajoules (TJ, 1 TJ = 1 trillion Joules = 277,778 kilowatt hours), meaning it generated more than twice the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb & # 39 ;, wrote McNoldy on a blog published by the Washington Post.

& # 39; At one point, many hurricanes contain more energy than just an atomic bomb in their surface winds (even excluding wind at higher altitudes and latent heat energy), & # 39; he added.

The category levels that are cited more generally to quantify the power of hurricanes are purely measures of wind speed. Katrina was measured as a category 3 hurricane on landing and later rose to a category 5.

The estimated cost of Hurricane Sandy is $ 20 billion The estimated cost of Hurricane Sandy is $ 20 billion

The estimated cost of Hurricane Sandy is $ 20 billion

Residents walk past burned houses in Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy Residents walk past burned houses in Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

Residents walk past burned houses in Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

Sandy has since been measured as a category 1 hurricane on landing.

But Sandy can become the second most expensive hurricane in history after Katrina because of his high IKE, McNoldy noted.

& # 39; Sandy had category 1 wind on landing and yet been able to create a very significant storm flood over hundreds of miles of the densely populated coastline, & # 39; he wrote.

General view of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana after Katrina was hit in 2005 General view of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana after Katrina was hit in 2005

General view of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana after Katrina was hit in 2005

& # 39; Katrina & # 39; s IKE was more focused, Sandy & # 39; s IKE was more scattered. This unit of measurement – more than wind speed – displays the horrific effects of the respective storms.

Sandy has cost an estimated $ 20 billion in damage, while Katrina has cost around $ 106 billion.

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