Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:02:28 GMT -- Thirteen years have passed since what started out as a gorgeous, September morning in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA turned into one of the darkest days in our countries history.
I was a freshman in college and remember returning from class to my dorm room, turning on sports center, and seeing that the world as we knew it had changed forever.
I remember how perfectly blue the New York sky was before the planes hit the towers.
September 11, 2001 is a day I wish the weather had not been so perfect, and is a day that high pressure meant the difference between the beautiful weather that started that dark day instead of a hurricane impacting the Northeast.
Hurricane Erin had developed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Erin was the first tropical system to reach hurricane strength in 2001, and had the longest live span as a hurricane in 2001.
Had a cold front not pushed through the Northeast on September 10, 2001 and high pressure moved in behind it for September 11, 2001 then Hurricane Erin would have begun impacting the Northeast likely causing flight delays and cancellations.
That cold front caused Erin to turn north keeping the storm away from the east coast.
Thirteen years later I still find myself asking â??what if.â??