The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today it had assembled a team to assess how the National Weather Service performed during Sandy.

They held that  the distinction was unnecessary and confusing, and that in the court of common sense a storm with hurricane-force winds merited a "hurricane" warning.

Last week, Chris Landsea, Science and Operations Officer at the National Hurricane Center, and one of the nation's most-respected tropical storm specialists, essentially agreed.

The NOAA team is scheduled to begin work Jan. 6.