Track of Sandy: October 22 - October 29, 2012
Hurricanes are not unusual for the Caribbean in late October. In fact, South Florida is known to have a hurricane peak threat in October.
But what about a hurricane forming south of Jamaica, then moving north into the Bahamas, curving northeast as if it was headed out to sea, only to take a hard left turn, slamming into New Jersey....in late October? Oh yes, and let's not forget merging Sandy with the polar jet stream and an arriving cold front. A more perfectly menacing scenario than 1991's "Perfect Storm".
Sandy's track was very unique and was a major anomaly from how we typically expect tropical systems to track that time of year. The track left a path of damage from the Caribbean to the Bahamas, Florida, North Carolina, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Let's step through the day-by-day track of this historic late-season hurricane beginning with how some computer models were giving us an early "heads up" that tropical depression or storm may form.