Hurricane-turned-cyclone Sandy set several records:
When hurricane hunter aircraft measured its central pressure
at 940 millibars -- 27.76 inches -- Monday afternoon, it was the lowest
barometric reading ever recorded for an Atlantic storm to make landfall
north of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The previous record holder was the 1938
"Long Island Express" Hurricane, which dropped as low as 946 millibars.
Sandy's strength and angle of approach combined to produce a
record storm surge of water into New York City. The surge level at
Battery Park topped 13.88 feet at 9:24 p.m. Monday, surpassing the 10.02
feet record water level set by Hurricane Donna in 1960.
New York Harbor's surf also reached a record level when a
buoy measured a 32.5-foot wave Monday. That wave was 6.5 feet taller
than a 25-foot wave churned up by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
940 + 13.88 + 32.5 = 986.38