John Wheeler: Superstorm Sandy was developing 9 years ago today

Technically, Sandy was no longer a tropical hurricane when it struck New York because of its physical structure.

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FARGO — Nine years ago today, a low-pressure system south of Jamaica developed enough circulation to be named Tropical Storm Sandy. Sandy rapidly strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds as it came ashore on Cuba on the 25th. The mountains on Cuba disrupted the storm, and it weakened to a tropical storm before merging with a non-tropical, low-pressure system over the Bahamas. This convergence strengthened the storm again and greatly increased its size.

Moving northward as a hybrid storm, so-called Superstorm Sandy made a hard left turn into New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on the night of Oct. 29, 2013. Technically, it was no longer a tropical hurricane anymore because of its physical structure. However, Sandy delivered hurricane-force wind and a 14-foot storm surge to New York City and northern New Jersey, where it caused about $80 billion in structural damage to this heavily populated area.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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