because wjla was probably the first news station in the area to use frankenstorm in their coverage, so please scold your news editors for using it plz
Sandy was a Frankenstorm and then some, I see nothing wrong with it. I am sure we will never see the names Isaac or Sandy again, they will probably both be retired. Sandy was historic. Should be interesting how the winter storm names will pan out and what happens if one decides to be retired. Sandy will unfortunately live on in many people's memories for some time to come. Hopefully, after 3 bad hurricane seasons in a row, 2013 will be calmer. That is provided Valerie or William don't appear this season. November is still hurricane season.
You can blame the National Hurricane Center, which for reasons beyond my comprehension (and I am indeed a meteorologist) decided to change Sandy's classification from "hurricane" to "post-tropical cyclone" about an hour before landfall. Personally, I think it was to cover themselves because they decided not to issue Hurricane Warnings because they felt it would be extratropical at this point (don't even get me started about how misguided and dangerous that strategy was). Since Sandy wasn't officially a hurricane at landfall, that gave everyone license to call it whatever they want.
This is in response to ss. I would fundamentally agree with you about this, but remember we had two other storms that became post-tropical soon after landfall, and did catastrophic damage, I am sure you remember them, one was Camille from 1969 and the other was Agnes from 1972.
In fact, most of the damage from these two storms was done once they became post-tropical, and that was certainly the case with Agnes. This was long before we had the sophisticated way of predicting we have today.