Coastal Flooding Intense in Blizzard

January 23, 2016

Barnegat, NJ, police tweeted this vid from a coastal strip during the ongoing Winter storm Jonas, and issued mandatory evacuation orders.

Paul Douglas retweeted and noted that flooding was higher than predicted.

Mashable tweeted the image below.



17 Responses to “Coastal Flooding Intense in Blizzard”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    These are not scenes from my “yoot” in NJ, as Cousin Vinnie would put it. Things have gotten much worse since then.

    We had a family reunion in Sea Girt on the Jersey shore back in October, with folks coming in from as far as WI and CO. I drove along a 40+ mile stretch of the NJ coast that I hadn’t visited for nearly 50 years. Buildings now packed wall-to-wall (or ocean to bay front on the barrier islands in this case), damage from Sandy still evident, and repairs still taking place. It was jaw-dropping to see how much we are “asking for it” along that coast. We will never learn, apparently.

    Daughter in South Jersey—on the land side of the bay across from Atlantic City—reports bay water in the street in front of her house—-100 yards from the bay. Seventy-plus mph winds driving water ashore in Ocean City, MD. Here in NO VA, it’s the worst blizzard I’ve seen in 46+ years here by a good margin—It could be Buffalo or Boston.

    • Tom Bates Says:

      The flooding is a natural consequence of ignoring reality by the people who built those houses, bought those houses and the local governments who racked in the money from the developement to say nothing of the campaign contributions and since this is New Jersey, the outright bribes. When you build next to the shore, on top of sand bars, at some point you will be flooded.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        “When you build next to the shore, on top of sand bars, at some point you will be flooded”. DUH, and Double DUH, Tommy! Did you figure that out all by yourself?

        And “Since this is New Jersey….” was unwarranted—-I doubt you know any more about NJ “corruption” than you do about climate change.

        • NJ isn’t unique with overbuilding on shorefront property. I’ve seen plenty on the CT/RI shore area.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            As it is in DE, MD, VA, NC, NY, and every state where there’s a beach. Shorefront-lakefront property is still “hot” because of the appeal of that wondrous stuff—-water. Too bad SLR is going to destroy that dream all too soon.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        Well. They all got told that climate change would be a “hoax”. Now they’re starting to get the bill for their belief in the climate denial industry.

  2. redbbs Says:

    No doubt Christie has suspended his primary campaign to rush home and supervise the relief efforts.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      You’re thinking of McCain. Christie will likely not need to do that since this is not as big a deal as Sandy (yet—and he did a pretty credible job then).

      My daughter in SO Jersey reports that they survived the morning high tide with only a foot to spare. They managed to clear a path through the ice floes and debris that surged up the street from the bay and get the cars moved to higher ground before the next high tide.

      Here in the DC area, the Blizzard of 2016 is a jaw-dropper. Snow starting to taper but winds still howling. I now have armpit high drifts all over my property. I wonder if anyone will pay attention if El Nino sends us a string of these storms this winter—will Inhofe and friends notice if they occur every two weeks?

      • Lionel Smith Says:

        will Inhofe and friends notice if they occur every two weeks?

        Old Jim ‘its a hoax’ Inhofe will be wheeling snowmen and igloos into Congress rather than a puny snowball.

        Don’t go to hard at clearing snow, many of our age have made that the last thing that they try to do.

        Here in UK 62-63 winter was a cracker with snowfalls extreme. 63 was the year I joined up and found myself on Dartmoor doing Ten Tors trials and then swimming tests in an open air pool. I think the RN were engaging in a weeding out exercise.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          “Don’t go too hard at clearing snow, many of our age have made that the last thing that they try to do” is very good advice, and at 7:20 AM it’s something I’m thinking hard about. Sky is blue and sun is shining but temperature is ~20F with steady winds taking the wind chill down in the 1-10 F range.

          My first challenge is getting a door open so I can go outside without having a wheelbarrow load of snow fall in from the door-knob-high drifts. The snow appears to be light and fluffy, so I may use the leaf blower to clean off the vehicles and walks—slow going, but a lot easier on the old body than shoveling—-doesn’t take much energy to stand there and wave the blower back and forth.

          • Lionel Smith Says:

            doesn’t take much energy to stand there and wave the blower back and forth.

            Maybe not, but snow is H2O which tends to short electricals, over here with 230 volts I make sure mine have a power-breaker when working outdoors, maybe 110 volts isn’t such a big deal. I once took 440 volts from an overhead hangar supply dangling on a ‘spider’ when the drill I was using on F4K Phantom Hi-Torque bolts of a fuselage side panel shorted I ended up with by back against the folded outer wing.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Not really a surprise. Blame the “cold blob” due to ever more rapidly melting Greenland glaciers. Mix that with ever hotter getting oceans and you get your catastrophes. But current weather extremes are just a starter. There are definitely more surprises left in the climate pipeline…


  4. Sir Charles Says:

    Post by Dan Satterfield on the AGU blog => A Storm That Will Be Remembered for Generations

    Some are calling it Snowzilla, and having experienced it, the name fits! From DC to Baltimore, and up to New York have over 2 feet. Here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, it varies but a foot is common in Central and Northern Delaware and near Denton in Maryland. On the coast, major coastal flooding has caused significant damage.

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  6. Sir Charles Says:

    Reuters: Atlantic, Caribbean storms more destructive as temperatures rise – study

    Warming seas could produce more rainfall and far more destructive storm surges of water along the ocean shorelines in the next 50 to 100 years, said the study by U.S. scientists published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

    “It could affect the entire Atlantic coast,” said William Lau, a co-author and research associate at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.

    It’s looking like we don’t need to wait for 50-100 years to see that.

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