One of the reasons people reject our evidence that Conner didn't wash ashore is the myth that the April 12 storm surge raised the water levels to unknown heights, and therefore it can't be proven that he didn't wash ashore.
The truth is, the 6-minute water level data collected by the NOAA does capture storm surges. I've been making this point for years, and Sandy provides another opportunity to hammer it home. Here are just two examples from NOAA stations in New York. The red line is the observed water level, and the blue line is the predicted water level. The green line is the difference between the predicted and the observed.
I had previously commented on the effects of the March 2011 Japan tsunami on the water levels in the San Francisco Bay. Click here to read the full article.
To review, this is the chart for the Richmond station for April 11-13, 2003, showing the storm surge for the storm that hit the Bay area on April 12. You can see just when the surge began and how large it was during the high tide on April 13, the day Conner was found.
It is well and good to hypothesize what might have happened on April 13, 2003; but it is necessary to be sure the objective data validates the hypothesis. And the objective data does not validate the hypothesis that the April 12 storm surge produced unknown water levels.