Pat Shingleton: "Super Sandy and The Perfect Storm"
On this date in 2012, New Jersey residents were experiencing the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. In 1991, another storm, referred to as the Halloween Storm, lashed the North Carolina coast 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. As noted in a previous column, it was the basis for the novel and the movie, "The Perfect Storm," and the sinking of the Andrea Gail. It was called "perfect" because of the events that created the storm. An extra-tropical cyclone developed along a cold front. Upper air support and Hurricane Grace, making a hairpin turn to the east, led to treacherous sea conditions over the western Atlantic.