I’m not surprised at the extensive havoc Hurricane Sandy brought to the East Coast. Down here on the Gulf Coast, we do Category 1 hurricanes with breakfast, but two factors separate Sandy from her southern belle Cat 1 peers. 

One, we don’t have 50 million people stacked along our beaches. Two, Sandy did a rare dance with an extra-tropical vortex (otherwise known as a cold front).

Click on Map to see animated Fujiwhara Effect

This atmospheric phenomenon is known as the “Fujiwhara effect,” named after this Japanese storm guy — Sakuhei Fujiwhara. If I understand the conversations around my office’s water cooler, this scenario is commonly referred to as The Perfect Storm

Here are some cool faked Hurricane Sandy photos.