September 11, 2013
With uncanny timing, Seth Borenstein of the AP turned in a story on this year's quiet hurricane season just hours before the quiet ended with the formation of this year's first hurricane, Humberto.
"If Humberto stays a tropical storm through 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, it will be the latest date for the first hurricane of the season since satellites started watching the seas in 1967, according to the National Hurricane Center," Borenstein writes. Humberto became a hurricane just before the deadline, meaning that the record for the latest hurricane of the year is still held by Gustav, in 2002, according to Kim Hjelmgaard of USAToday.
January 25, 2013
Three months after Sandy, many of the news media have settled on Superstorm Sandy as the way to describe the storm that ravaged the Northeast and elsewhere in early November.
I've had enough of "superstorm" and its tabloid connotations. What was the thing actually called? And what should the press call it?
On January 15, 2010, the National Weather Service fell into line with other member countries of the World Meteorological Organization by agreeing to call such storms "post-tropical cyclones." And it defined the term, in a release in an all-caps text file that looks as though it came over an old AP teletype sometime around 1942:
December 3, 2012
On Sunday, The New York Times published a disturbing investigation into the story behind a recommendation by city officials that "thousands of elderly, disabled and mentally ill residents remain in more than 40 nursing homes and adult homes in flood-prone areas of New York City" in the days and hours before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The decision, the Times reports, had "calamitous consequences." (The story appears today, Dec. 3, in the print edition.)
The story's authors, Jennifer Preston, Sheri Fink, and Michael Powell, report that "it took at least three days for the Fire Department, the National Guard and ambulance crews from around the country to rescue over 4,000 nursing home and 1,500 adult home residents. Without working elevators, many had to be carried down slippery stairwells."
November 4, 2012
On this week's Science Blogs, Tabitha M. Powledge fills a basket with important links related to climate and Sandy. Her selection is especially valuable if you were among those of us who didn't have power to read these things when they were posted.
She also notes that a few other things happened last week, including news on the politics of health care, the election and Jonah Lehrer. Remember Jonah Lehrer?
Find it all here.