Prof. Mead was, and apparently remains, under the same misapprehension as the President. Sandy may have been many things, but being a hurricane was not among them.
If it wasn’t a hurricane, what was it?
Corlyss, did you actually look at the content of the link? Sandy was downgraded before it made landfall (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2012/al18/al182012.update.10292255.shtml?). To be completely accurate, what hit the NE was a combination of post- tropical cyclone and Nor’easter (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/assessments/pdfs/Sandy13.pdf).
Yeah, I looked at it. I even read most of it. Seemed to me a difference without a distinction, to say it was technically not a hurricane.
Ps.148 Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
 Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
 Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the LORD!
“Fear knocked at the door; Faith answered; No one was there.”
…how fragile the busy world we humans build around us really is…before the mysteries and limits of life…. To acknowledge and accept weakness is to ground our lives more firmly in truth, and it turns out that to be grounded in reality is to become more able and more alive.”
WRM, words to live by in a timely and appropriate fashion, thanks for essay (the way to do is to be – Lao-Tse).