The ‘perfect storm’ that formed off New York and the hurricane-like storm during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1998 had many similarities and differences in the way that they formed and how the people involved with them reacted.
The two extreme storms were similar in a couple of different ways. Firstly, both ‘the perfect storm’ and the Australian storm caused chaos, claiming the lives of six crew each. Due to freak events both storms were considered rare and they formed from many strong separate weather conditions. In the case of the ‘perfect storm’, hurricane Grace, a strong high pressure system with a leading cold front, another separate low pressure system to the north, the Gulf stream and an upper level disturbance all combined to form a storm that only occurs once every hundred years. The storm that formed in the Bass Strait formed due to a low pressure system moving into another small scale low pressure system and the East Australian current. Also the shallow water in the bass straight caused steep and savage waves.