What Makes Hurricane Sandy a 'Perfect Storm'?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Earth movers build protective berms on Compo Beach as the first signs of Hurricane Sandy approach on October 28, 2012 in Westport, Connecticut. (Getty Images)

Thanks to NOAA meteorologist and wordsmith Jim Cisco, Sandy is being called "Frankenstorm." But other meteorologists are calling it something else, much less playful, and much more ominous: "the perfect storm." You might recognize the term from the bestselling book and blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name.

But what, exactly, is a "perfect storm"? And is Sandy indeed fitting of the moniker?

Dr. Jeff Masters is the meteorology director and co-founder of the forecasting service Weather Underground. He’s also a former hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 


Dr. Jeff Masters

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Eliza Proctor from Berlin

I second the question by a commenter on the show just moments ago... is anyone HARNESSING (not 'harvesting') the energy from this storm?

Oct. 29 2012 03:52 PM
`Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Finally, I understand what this storm is. Thank You Takeaway, I am now a nervous wreck awaiting my demise

Oct. 29 2012 12:01 PM
Ed from Larchmont

They say that the storm is heading for NYC: just above the center as the storm turns clockwise. 11 foot surge of water. Worst storm in 30 years. And Washington,DC to the south of the center. Since NYC is the strongest supporter of the president's policies, could it be that we're getting a kind warning not to continue to support them? (I'm referring to the immoral policies that he supports, and restriction on religious liberty.)

Oct. 29 2012 08:09 AM

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