superstorm

noun
su·​per·​storm | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce superstorm (audio) \

Definition of superstorm

: a very large and powerful storm Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather. They're telling us we shouldn't be surprised that this 900-mile-wide monster marched up the East Coast this week paralyzing cities and claiming scores of lives.— Tim Lister

Examples of superstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, on New Year’s Eve 2020, a superstorm spun its way through the North Pacific Ocean and into the Aleutian Islands. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "A new year brings giant storms, big waves and chilly winds to different parts of Alaska," 9 Jan. 2021 The invasion or superstorm or missiles would arrive; the characters would run for it; inevitably, some innocent would be sacrificed to the gods who demand such things from novelists. Hillary Kelly, The New Yorker, "“Leave the World Behind,” a Novel About the Disaster That Won’t End," 5 Oct. 2020 But the coronavirus has managed something that big-box bookstores, online booksellers, superstorms and building maintenance have failed to accomplish: It’s driven us to the internet. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, "The Restaurants and Stores Trying to Maintain New York Traditions," 7 Apr. 2020 Flooding during 2012’s superstorm Sandy damaged the East River tunnel. Paul Berger, WSJ, "After Cuomo Swoops In, MTA Officials Face L Train Deadline Hurdles," 7 Jan. 2019 The closure will mark the first time that NYSE’s floor has been forced to shut down since superstorm Sandy caused it to close for two days in October 2012, as part of a broader shutdown of the U.S. stock market. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "NYSE to Close Trading Floor After Two Positive Coronavirus Tests," 18 Mar. 2020 In it, the AMOC grinds to a halt, causing superstorms to ravage entire cities and mega hurricanes to suck frozen air down from space. Evan Lubofsky, Wired, "The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight," 18 Feb. 2020 The trip is interrupted when the eastern seaboard is pummeled by a superstorm; as the parents party on, Eve and the others decide to escape and find themselves in a world that looks much like the stories depicted in a children's Bible. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "19 books to read in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 The goal is to hold the rise in temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (compared with preindustrial levels), and preferably to 1.5 degree, at the end of this century, to avoid the rising seas and superstorms that climate models predict. Jennifer A. Dlouhy And Emily Chasan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "What U.S. Exit Means for Paris Climate Change Accord: QuickTake," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of superstorm

1919, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Superstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superstorm. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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