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Superstorm is a term used to denote a large, destructive storm without another distinct meteorological classification, such as hurricane. The term is of recent coinage, and, due to its lack of a formal definition, there is some debate as to its usefulness.
Origin and Usage
Before the early 1990s, the phrases "storm of the century" or "perfect storm" were generally used to describe unusually large or destructive storms. The term "superstorm" was employed in 1993 by the National Weather Service to describe a Nor'easter in March of that year. The term is most frequently used to describe a weather pattern that is as destructive as a hurricane, but which exhibits the cold-weather patterns of a winter storm.
- Great Gale of 1880
- Braer Storm of January 1993
- 1993 Storm of the Century, which impacted much of eastern North America
- Columbus Day Storm of 1962
- Great Storm of 1975
- Hanukkah Eve windstorm of 2006
- Great Coastal Gale of 2007
- January 2008 North American storm complex
- October 2009 North American storm complex
- January 2010 North American storms
- October 2010 North American storm complex
- November 2011 Bering Sea cyclone
- Hurricane Sandy (informally referred to as a "superstorm" by the media)
- January 2013 Northwest Pacific cyclone
- November 2014 Bering Sea cyclone
- Perfect storm, an expression for a rare combination of undesirable weather circumstances occurring concurrently in an unusually powerful storm.
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