As seen from the forecast, Hurricane Sandy has lost much
of its wind velocity and no more the strength of a Category 1 tropical cyclone.
But why is it called Frankenstorm
expected to cause wide scale damage and affecting as much as 60 million
The DailMail gives us a good explanation.
(DailyMail) Meteorologists have called it a
'once-in-a-lifetime' storm but as East Coast residents stockpile imperishables
and fill their bathtubs with water in preparation for the looming tempest, many
are left scratching their heads over what makes this particular weather system
The Frankenstorm, as it has been dubbed given its
proximity to Halloween, is the mash-up of Hurricane Sandy from the South and an
unnamed nor'easter gaining strength as it moves from the West.
And when Sandy and the wintery blast finally meet,
East Coasters could be on the receiving end of one of the coldest, wettest and
most dangerous assaults from nature.
Sandy is arriving on the tail end of the hurricane
season, with September typically the most active period.
The storm threatening to wreak havoc on the
Atlantic coast began to form on October 19 in the Caribbean Sea and in October
22 forecasters labeled it a Tropical Storm and named it Sandy.
It made landfall on October 24 near Kingston,
Jamaica with 80 mph winds and it moved toward Cuba the same day, sustaining
winds of 110 mph and claiming an estimated 51 lives.
Its strength has waned and then re-intensified as
it moved toward the Atlantic Coast of the U.S., with meteorologists saying a
high pressure ridge of air centered around Greenland is steering it toward
land, as it is expected to make landfall off the New Jersey coast on Monday.
It is responsible for an estimated 67 deaths so far
in the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
the wintery storm from the West is helping to pull the hurricane to land when
it might have otherwise fled back into the Atlantic.
The nor'easter is a winter storm conceived by the
meeting of cold arctic air with the warmer ocean air from the Gulf
The storms usually develop from a low-pressure
system in the south, typically in the Gulf of Mexico, and then pushed upward.
usually bring massive amounts of precipitation, high winds and large waves and
with a full moon, when tides are at their highest, the storm surge could reach
as high as 6 to 11 feet.
'The total is greater than the sum of the
individual parts,' said Louis Uccellini, the environmental prediction chief of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists about the
dramatic weather.Another meteorologist has said the weather system is combining the end of the hurricane season with the start of the winter storm season, 'it's kind of taking something from both - part hurricane, part nor'easter, all trouble,' Jeff Masters, director of the private service Weather Underground told the Associated Press.
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