Posted by: pyeager | October 31, 2012

Sandy Verus the Original Superstorm

By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

I always try to be respectful when talking about extreme weather events because of the resultant tragic effects, so I want to make sure that I’m being clear. This is a purely meteorological comparison between the Blizzard of ’93 (the original superstorm) and Sandy (the new superstorm). It’s not a comparison of the amount of damage done.

I know that the first two images are not precise matches in terms of scale (but they seem to be close) and that not all of the clouds from Sandy are shown, but the Blizzard of ’93 is clearly a competitor of Sandy’s in the competition for the largest and most impressive storm to affect the United States.

Sandy is the first image, and the Blizzard of ’93 is the second and third. (I added the third because I think it shows the size of the ’93 storm better.)

Hurricane Sandy image

Blizzard of '93 image

NOAA enhanced satellite image of Blizzard of ’93

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