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What Is This "Frankenstorm" Heading Our Way?

Already deadly, Hurricane Sandy could be the worst storm to hit the Northeast U.S. in 100 years.

Weather, government and media folks have dubbed the tropical storm heading north along the Atlantic Coast a “Frankenstorm” due to the convergence of extreme weather factors.

when one of the world's three top computer-model weather simulations showed Sandy getting mixed up with a storm from the Midwest, a high-pressure system out of Greenland and a dip in the jet stream—turning it into a combination cyclone/nor'easter and pushing it toward land.

".. think if a hurricane and nor'easter mated, possibly spawning a very rare and powerful hybrid storm, slamming into the Boston-to-Washington corridor early next week, with rain, inland snow, damaging winds, and potential storm surge flooding," said Andrew Freedman, blogging for Climate Central on Monday.

Since then, more and more models have projected that very thing. The National Weather Service said the official forecast and the computer-model simulations had reached consensus.

But, forecasts are still conflicted on Hurricane Sandy's exact track, said Weatherbug Meteorologist Andrew Rosenthal.

"One scenario merges Sandy with a Midwest upper-level low pressure, tracking it sharply into the Mid-Atlantic. Most others merge it with the same upper-level disturbance off Cape Cod early next week, flinging it back to the southern New England Coast and New York City area," Rosenthal wrote for the Weatherbug Hurricane Center at 5 a.m. Oct. 26.

Sandy is already dangerous. The hurricane has killed 28 people across the Caribbean, Fox News reported this morning.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is comparing Hurricane Sandy to two storms: the Great Gale of 1878 and Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the Boston Herald reports. The Great Gale was a Category 2 hurricane that hit regions from Cuba to New England, said the Huffington Post. Hurricane Hazel killed 1,000 people in Haiti, then hit the U.S. between North Carolina and South Carolina and killed 95 more.

Details of importance to meteorologists—such as Sandy's classification—are not essential knowledge for the layman, the NWS pointed out in its discussion of the forecast at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. "Whether Sandy is officially tropical or post-tropical at landfall will have little bearing on the impacts," the NWS said. It also reminded users not to focus on the track predictions late in the period of the forecast because the storm is big enough and complex enough to affect the U.S. from Florida to Maine: "... Sandy is expected to bring impacts to a large part of the U.S. East Coast into early next week."

Krista Madsen (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
OK, Lanning, now you've scared me. I will indeed charge my batteries now.
Chris McHugh (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I definitely need to purchase a small generator so we can still run the fridge, A/C and charge the cell phones and laptop when these crazy storms hit throughout the year.
Michael Woyton (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Living in a third floor apartment, a generator isn't in my future.
Rich October 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Thanks Lanning. I understnad that New York City may be taking some precautionary steps due to possible impact from Hurricane Sandy. This includes closing public schools from Monday to Wednesday and evacuating Zone 1 (lower Manhattan). Visit www.tarrytownnyweather.com for updates on "Frankenstorm"
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
At least during Snowtober we were able to keep a lobster pot of snow in the fridge. That kept everything cold!
Dr Scott BKanner October 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
The hurricane you have pictured is NOT what will be hitting rockland co. Imagine a hurricane mating w a noreaster...Drama much? Just be aware that there could be wind gusts of 30-50 mph and 5-10 inches of rain w flooding likely in coastal areas....bad enough w/o the hysteria..
Sick-n-Tired October 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Chicken Little Syndrome.
Rich October 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Be prepared for this storm, winds could gust to 75 mph. It is predicted to be an historic (100 year) storm that will cause catastrophic damage over a large area. Do not take it lightly it will be a nor’easter on steroids and not just a a nor’easter. www.tarrytownnyweather.com
Geeta Lall October 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I chose to not read this article and absorb it (same way I react to Indian Point being a stone's throw away).
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Thanks, Rich.
This State is Screwed October 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
And you are an idiot!

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