Cold front and Hurricane Erin had roles in 9/11 attacks

Columbia (WACH) -- Most of us remember exactly where we were on September 11, 2001 when America was attacked.

Many of us remember the scene on television of passenger airplanes flying through a blue sky in New York just before they crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

What many people do not know is how big of a player the weather was on September 11, 2001.

That blue sky many of us remember seeing was due to a cold front that had just past through the northeast.

High pressure moved in behind the front making for what looked to be a gorgeous, September day.

Spinning in the Atlantic was Hurricane Erin, the first tropical storm to reach hurricane status of the 2001 Atlantic Hurricane season.

On September 10, 2001, Hurricane Erin was moving north-northwest which put it on track to affect the northeastern United States.

However, the above mentioned cold front and high pressure caused a shift in the movement of the storm to east-northeast steering it away from U.S. soil.

Had the cold front moved through a day later, then the northeast would have been experiencing showers and thunderstorms which could have potentially caused flight delays and would have prevented the perfect blue sky we all remember seeing.

While we cannot change what happened that day it`s hard not to think about what could have happened had mother nature waited one day for that cold front to move through.