NEWS AN D Notes NOA A Meteorologists Recall Drama of the term "perfect storm." He said he warned the pub- Forecasting the "Perfect Storm" lic, while working at the Boston forecast office, that Some of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric the storm would take on epic proportions. "It was an Administration (NOAA) meteorologists who fore- unprecedented set of circumstances," the now-retired casted the "Perfect Storm" in October 1991 recalled weatherman said. "A strong disturbance associated the unprecedented weather events that created the with a cold front moved along the U.S.-Canadian bor- storm, the dramatic effort to predict it, and the im- der on 27 October and passed through New England provements in forecasting that followed it. pretty much without incident. At the same time, a huge high pressure system was forecast to build over south- At a roundtable discussion in late June in Washing- ton, D.C., D. James Baker, administrator of NOAA, east Canada. along with Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA's Na- "When a low pressure system along the front moved tional Centers for Environmental Prediction, and Na- into the Maritimes southeast of Nova Scotia," Case tional Weather Service meteorologists Joe Sienkiewicz reflected, "it began to intensify due to
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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