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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

Recalling 'The Perfect Storm'

Satellite image of "The Perfect Storm' from Nov. 1, 1991.

For many people, the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 was something experienced through the pages of a book or on the silver screen.

But here on Cape Cod, it was a weather event for the record books.

“Meteorologist John LaCorte said his colleagues at the (National Weather Service) station on Morris Island in Chatham called the storm ‘the worst they’ve ever seen,’” according to the Friday, Nov. 1, 1991 edition of The Cape Codder. “The opinion was seconded by many people out and about on Wednesday, surveying damage.”

The storm, also known as the “No Name Storm” or “Halloween Gale,” was a combination of several weather factors. When the fading Hurricane Grace collided with a cold front barreling off the coast, a meteorological marvel was the result.

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