Jerry Stenger, director of the climatology office at the University of Virginia, said the central Shenandoah Valley "was not as hard hit as it could have been had the storm changed track, turned inland sooner and gone directly west."
"It's a reminder that although forecasting has improved dramatically there is uncertainty,'' Stenger
said it is better to be cautious, be prepared and "err on the side of danger as opposed to caution."
tracked some of the unusual weather events tied to Sandy in Virginia.
said more than 9 inches of rain fell in the Virginia Beach area, and 6 to 8 inches of snow fell in Grayson County, in far southwest Virginia.
Gusts of wind of 72 miles per hour were reported at Wintergreen in Nelson County, and one observer reported gusts of 79 miles per hour in Warren County in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Wintergreen also reported having a few inches of snow.
For those concerned about another hurricane, Stenger
said the hurricane season is not over technically until the end of November.
But as of Tuesday, he
said there is "nothing ripe for formation'' of another hurricane in the Atlantic.