Tropical storm Andrea: you’re no Superstorm Sandy.

Of course, we all knew that, but this stunning simulation of Sandy from NASA, released Thursday, shows off why Sandy was such a special storm:

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Center for Climate SimulationVideo

It beautifully illustrates its enormity (notice how its outflow extends all the way into the Arctic) as well as the highly unusual sharp left it takes to presage its collision with the Jersey shore. Also notice, in the early frames, the presence of the giant Hudson Bay and Newfoundland low pressure centers (in Canada) – forcing Sandy to shoot the gap in between.

The simulation was created by NASA’s GEOS-5 global atmospheric model.

“The NASA model not only produced an accurate track of Sandy, but also captured fine-scale details of the storm’s changing intensity and winds,” NASA writes.

Sandy caused 159 deaths and $70 billion in damages.

For more mesmerizing views of Sandy, see this post at Climate Central: Research Spawns Stunning Hurricane Sandy Animations

Although it’s not a fair comparison (different types of imagery), here’s a satellite animation of Andrea as it tracks from the Gulf of Mexico into South Carolina: