The very first predictions of Hurricane Sandy were that it would turn northeast in the Atlantic and miss the mainland of the United States.
It should be no surprise that things took a turn for the worse; that the storm took an unusual curve and dealt a ferocious blow to the most populated centers of the U.S.; areas which rarely see hurricanes.
After all, it's Halloween.
Some freakish weather phenomenons have occurred on Halloween.
It was a year ago, Oct. 29, that the region got an early snow blanket of snow; enough to close schools, create power outages, and cause minor traffic problems.
As much as 13 inches of snow was measured in some locations. including Summit Hill.
You've heard of the "Perfect Storm?"
It happened on Halloween in 1991.
The 1991 Perfect Storm, also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991, was a nor'easter that absorbed Hurricane Grace and ultimately evolved back into a small unnamed hurricane late in its life cycle.
The storm left significant damage along the east coast of the United States, primarily in Massachusetts and southern New Jersey. Across seven states, damage totaled over $200 million. Over a three-day period, the storm lashed the northeastern United States with high waves, causing damage to beachfront properties from North Carolina to Maine.
The disaster spawned the best-selling book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name.