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The Length of Hurricane Sandy
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Just moments after this image was acquired, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Sandy’s center was located at 32.8° North and 71.9° West, about 575 miles (930 kilometers) south of New York City. Maximum sustained winds were observed at 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, and the barometric pressure at the center of the storm was 951 millibars (28.08 inches). The storm was predicted to make landfall in New Jersey on October 29, midway between Philadelphia and New York City.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data provided by Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA and the Department of Defense. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.
The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this afternoon view of the dangerous storm.