Pat Shingleton: "Sandy, Halloween Storm and the Andrea Gail"
One year ago today, folks in the northeast were bracing for Super Sandy and were reminded of another October storm on this date in 1991. Referred to as the Halloween Storm, it lashed North Carolina for five days. Hurricane-force winds pounded New England and New Jersey causing the highest tides on the Eastern Seaboard since the Great Atlantic Hurricane of '44. The '91 storm was the basis for the novel and the movie, "The Perfect Storm," and the sinking of the Andrea Gail. It was called "perfect" due to the events that resulted in the storm. An extra-tropical cyclone developed along a cold front matched with upper air support and Hurricane Grace making a hairpin turn to the east led to treacherous sea conditions over the Western Atlantic.