In an election campaign that has seen more than its share of silliness – from seemingly endless Big Bird and etch a sketch references to Donald Trump’s offer of a $5-million donation to President Obama’s charity of choice if he will provide college transcripts and passport details – now a goofy sounding but very real threat: a Frankenstorm.
According to Wikipedia the Franken- prefix can mean anything assembled haphazardly from originally disparate elements, especially if those parts were previously discarded by others—for example, a car built from parts salvaged from many other cars. Hurricane Sandy has been termed a Frankenstorm for similar reasons:
“Despite the comical name … Frankenstorm is a pretty decent analogy because we are taking spare parts from another storm and combining it with Sandy, and this will become a powerful, what is known as a hybrid nor’easter storm. A potent coastal fall storm,” said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland
Despite the name, which conjures up harmless children’s entertainment such as Frankenweenie and the much-loved cereal Frankenberry, a Frankenstorm isn’t something anyone wants, and it certainly will not make concentrating on the upcoming, and very close US election any easier if people are dealing with a severe weather situation.
The State of Virginia has already declared a state of emergency – no doubt other states will follow suit as the storm nears.
Good luck to those anticipating a visit from Sandy!