Saturday, 2 November 2013

What better to watch on a wet and windy Saturday night.

Well the wind and rain put paid to our Bonfire Night outing, so after watching Strictly Come Dancing tonight I was channel hopping and found The Perfect Storm on ITV2 with a cast including George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg what's not to like about it.

It's not the first time I've seen the film based on a Category 1 Hurricane, which occurred just off the East Coast of America 22 years ago.  The film centres around the sinking of the Andrea Gail a fishing boat that was caught up in the middle of the storm.

Taken from Wikipedia

The 1991 Perfect Storm, also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991, and (especially in the years immediately after it took place) as The No-Name Storm, was a nor'easter that absorbed Hurricane Grace and ultimately evolved back into a small unnamed hurricane late in its life cycle. The initial area of low pressure developed off Atlantic Canada on October 28. Forced southward by a ridge to its north, it reached its peak intensity as a large and powerful cyclone. The storm lashed the East Coast of the United States with high waves and coastal flooding, before turning to the southwest and weakening. Moving over warmer waters, the system transitioned into a subtropical cyclone before becoming a tropical storm. It executed a loop off the Mid-Atlantic states and turned toward the northeast. On November 1 the system evolved into a full-fledged hurricane with peak winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), although the National Hurricane Center left it unnamed to avoid confusion amid media interest in the predecessor extratropical storm. It later received the name "the Perfect Storm" after a conversation between Boston National Weather Service forecaster Robert Case and author Sebastian Junger. The system was the fourth hurricane and final tropical cyclone in the 1991 Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical system weakened, striking Nova Scotia as a tropical storm before dissipating.

There is a book about this storm that I might look out for at some point in the future.  

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

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