Watching the news this morning, Hurricane Sandy is attracting all sorts of hyperbole. “Frankenstorm”, “the hurricane of the century”, “once in a lifetime event”, “the Perfect Storm”. Are all these titles justified?
Just how big is Hurricane Sandy?
Well, I decided to try to transfer the size of the hurricane to the east coast of Australia to get an idea of the scale of the storm, and I was quite shocked by the results.
If Hurricane Sandy was occurring off the east coast of Australia, tropical storm force winds (sustained (1-minute average) surface wind speeds equal to or exceeding 34 kt…39 mph) would extend from Melbourne to Brisbane!
I think I have to concede that the title, “Storm of the Century” may in fact be warranted in this case.