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Halloween Storm 1991 The Storms beginning It was Halloween Eve 1991 the weather was crisp and pleasant in western Massachusetts and New England However it was not the children that would be playing tricks on the people of this region it was instead nature The day before a storm of surprising intensity had brought waves of 25 feet crashing onto the short and swells of more than 100 feet at sea Thousands of costal homes were seriously damaged and Atlantic City recorded its second highest ride record Damage cost were in the hundreds of millions and approaching the levels inflicted by Hurricane Bob only weeks earlier Initially the storm originated off of New England as an extratropical storm which is the conflagration of atmospheric temperature contrasts common to the midlatitudes After weakening most of the day the storm drifted south in the evening and came upon the Gulf Stream were temperatures were about seventy-eight degrees farenhieght which are ideal conditions for tropical storms to develop overnight The image of an eye became apparent on the satellite photos as the intensity of the storm increased The eye was a sign that the storm was developing a tropical structure and nearing hurricane intensity The Storms Intensity On November 1 the United States Air Force Reserved flew into the Halloween storm were they unmasked a tropical cyclone At 7 pm they found a cluster of hurricane hallmarks winds of nearly 100 mph at flight level a temperature increase of seven degrees in the storms core and an extrapolated surface pressure of 981 millibars 1 Henson 1996 Unlike the previous day were the storm had been more diffused with no well-defined center and winds spinning over 600 nautical miles Henson states The Halloween storm had donned a masterful disguise that has been tantalizing forecasters with its surprising frequency and uncharacteristic form1 Henson 1996
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