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|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 - WHAT WAS "THE PERFECT STORM?"
Imagine a powerful nor'easter over the North Atlantic Ocean, with winds
over 70 miles per hour building waves four stories high. Now spice up this
already formidable storm
with moisture and energy from a dying hurricane.
Then, let this meteorological time bomb "back up"
toward the East Coast, its
center passing just 150 miles off the Delmarva peninsula, bringing record tides
to the Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland coasts. Finally, imagine the center of
this tempest morphing into a
tropical storm over the warm Gulf Stream current,
and then strengthening into a
hurricane before running out of gas over Nova Scotia.
This was the
life history of a real storm that pounded the North Atlantic
for a week in late October and early November of 1991. Some meteorologists
call it the Halloween Storm. To others, and to moviegoers this summer, this
is the "Perfect Storm".