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Published:November 1st, 2012 11:17 EST
Superstorm Hurricane Sandy Had the Lowest Recorded Barometric Pressure Ever?

Superstorm Hurricane Sandy Had the Lowest Recorded Barometric Pressure Ever?

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Superstorm Hurricane Sandy was the lowest barometric pressure in history for a storm in the Northeast. On Tuesday, the official numbers showed that the barometric pressure dropped to 940 millibars and according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which was a Category 5 had the lowest pressure ever measured in a US hurricane at 882 millibars and Hurricane Carla in 1961, which was a Category 4 storm had 931 millibars

According to Weather Underground, If Sandy retains the current barometric pressure, or it drops further, at landfall, the location would go into the record books as experiencing the lowest barometric pressure of any spot in the US north of Hatteras.

Hurricane Sandy blasted through New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts and West Virginia. As of Tuesday, officials reported that at least 32 residents of New York were killed and the estimated damages have reached over $20 billion.   

Are superstorms such as Sandy a sign that our climate is in a phase of rapid change or simply at the beginning of a global climate cycle that occurs on a regular basis?