On this date in 1991, a devastating storm formed in the Atlantic and is still remembered by many in the Northeast. Referred to as the Halloween Storm, 45-mph winds lashed the North Carolina coast for five days. Hurricane-force winds pounded New England, and New Jersey was hit with the highest tides since the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944. As noted in a previous column, it was the basis for the novel and movie, “The Perfect Storm,” and the sinking of the Andrea Gail. It was called “perfect” because of the events that resulted in the storm. An extra-tropical cyclone developed along a cold front; upper air support and Hurricane Grace making a hairpin turn to the east led to treacherous sea conditions over the western Atlantic.

Fastcast: Sprinkles, colder.

Scattered showers, mainly before 1 p.m. High near 69. Northerly winds 5 mph to 15 mph. Rain chance: 30 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the early evening. Low about 43. Northerly winds 5 mph.