Weather and Climate Events—Tropical Cyclone Sandy

October's unusual hybrid "superstorm" Sandy broke records in the northeastern United States. It was one of the few tropical cyclones to make landfall in New Jersey, and reached 946 millibars of pressure upon landing—the lowest for any hurricane north of Cape Hatteras, NC, since 1938. The storm surge recorded at The Battery in New York City was 13.88 feet, the highest in the city's history. Sandy's cloud span was also particularly enormous—about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) across. Watch Sandy evolve in this sequence of NOAA satellite data.