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NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:10 a.m. Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project.  NASA image use policy.

Hurricane Sandy made the most famous left turn in history. Instead of heading in the traditional direction of northeast into the Atlantic, this gigantic storm raced ashore in New Jersey as a Superstorm on October 29, 2012.   Rarely has a storm like this headed to the west.  In the U.S. this storm resulted in the death of 117 people and in $50 billion in damage. The good news -- if one can find good news in a storm of this size -- was that computer models noted the high pressure system that kept Sandy from going out to sea.  This forecast allowed advance warning and preparation for what was going to take place. Years after Sandy, residents still grapple with the storm and its legacy.

 

Note: These lessons are based on the NASA Visualization Explorer module Tracking a Superstorm.

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