How rare was Superstorm Sandy? A new analysis of historic storms and modeling suggests it was a one-in-700-year event. The fact that it happened at all could mean either that it was just terrible luck to be alive in New Jersey in the century it happened, or that climate change is increasing the chances of such weird storm tracks.
Tropical Storm Sandy collided with the New Jersey shoreline on Oct. 29, 2012, killing more than 100 people and wreaking damages in the tens of billions of dollars. It caused unprecedented flooding by raising waters to more than 14 feet (4.3 meters) above sea level.
What made it so bad was the odd angle at which Sandy hit the New Jersey-New York area. Most tropical storms in the North Atlantic track up the Atlantic coast in a north or northeasternly manner. But Sandy took a hard left and headed to the northwest before it slammed into land. It was, in fact, the only tropical cyclone in history to take that critical, and terrible, route.
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