Irene Coverage Too Much?

  • GQjock

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    Aug 29, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    Okay ... yes there were floods and yes there was some bad weather
    But I lost it when there was a Weather correspondent yelling at the camera
    about how bad the weather was in NYC and two men on short sleeved tee shirts just strolled by icon_confused.gif

    How Irene Lived Up to the Hype
    By NATE SILVER
    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/how-irene-lived-up-to-the-hype/

    How much Irene coverage is too much?
    https://www.nasw.org/how-much-irene-coverage-too-much

    I liked some of the tweets I got Yesterday

    If CNN loses anymore credibility on their Coverage of Irene they'd be FOX

    Like so many girls who try to make it in NY
    Irene was a Big Deal in North Carolina
    But when she got up to NYC they only laughed at her
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    Aug 30, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    It usually takes the kidnapping of a little white girl to change the subject over at CNN.

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Well, you do remember that this nightmare coverage all started here on RJ?

    Art_Deco saidNext week tropical storm Irene will strike South Florida, and has a good chance to have become a hurricane by then. Even as a tropical storm the winds will be above 50 mph, enough to cause damage. It's projected path is directly over us.

    My partner is having a meeting with our condo association President (he's the VP) at this moment, to decide how soon to put our hurricane committee into action. I told him we're gonna start stockpiling today, in case one or both of us choose to ride it out. Either way we have to strip our patio, remove the satellite dish, and figure where to store the car, which is parked outdoors.

    I think I may want him to travel north to Boca Raton to his widowed sister's house, where he can garage the car and help her put up her storm shutters, and then be with her when it hits. The winds should be a bit less severe up there, but if it looks really bad they can evacuate further north together. I'd rather she not be on her own during this.

    In the meantime I'll try to hold the fort down here. If a window gets smashed out from flying debris I'll do my best to limit the interior damage from wind & rain. This building is in no danger of major destruction at the winds predicted, nor flooding on our level. If post-storm power loss is estimated to be prolonged, like the weeks following Hurricane Wilma in 2005, or our interior is badly damaged, I'll join my partner in Boca afterwards, or friends here in Wilton Manors if their outdoor emergency generator is operational. Here in hurricane land you've always gotta have these plans in place.

    http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/tropical-depression-nine-storm-hurricane-irene_2011-08-20

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    The storm projection image above, BTW, is not a static "snapshot" but is periodically updated, as the date/time stamp on it indicates.

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    I thought it was until I saw the flood devastation today in so many areas, especially Vermont and NJ. They need to cover that so people can help.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 30, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    Hmmm ... certain people icon_rolleyes.gif

    Didn't quite get the point of this OP
    I didn't post this to dismiss the entire analysis and warning for the hurricane
    This was posted for the wall to wall coverage of the New York City portion of the storm and only that portion of the storm

    If there is ANY misunderstanding .... it's on your part and I apologize

    People in NC and in New England died and to make fun of THAT is disrespectful and obnoxious

    and I see that a certain someone is already making fun at a new storm projection
    .... and all I can say is .... WTF Dude ? icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    GQjock saidHmmm ... certain people icon_rolleyes.gif

    Didn't quite get the point of this OP
    I didn't post this to dismiss the entire analysis and warning for the hurricane
    This was posted for the wall to wall coverage of the New York City portion of the storm and only that portion of the storm

    If there is ANY misunderstanding .... it's on your part and I apologize

    People in NC and in New England died and to make fun of THAT is disrespectful and obnoxious

    and I see that a certain someone is already making fun at a new storm projection
    .... and all I can say is .... WTF Dude ? icon_confused.gif

    Yeah, some really warped members here. Insofar as I got dragged into your thread (and not by you) I'll say again that I'm glad I posted early about Irene, when it was first projected as a direct threat to Florida. Some guys here said it wouldn't become a hurricane at all, others that it would miss Florida despite what the official storm tracks were showing.

    I didn't know we had so many certified meteorologists who work for the National Hurricane Center on this site, that they could confidently challenge the experts. And it was official NHC charts I was posting here, not my own, with the innovation that they continuously updated themselves in that thread with time/date stamps, not static shots. So that guys could track the storm for themselves in real time, and see how it was developing, not reliant upon my interpretation or anyone else's but the experts.

    Fortunately it did veer further out to sea, to the outer edge of the original cone projection, giving Florida merely some heavy rains and local surface flooding. But my message was to be on alert, because you can't wait until the storm's a day away to get ready. I realized as I prepared a list that we had at least 2 days prep ahead of us, and in case we had to evacuate as well, the day to begin was last Monday, the very next day after I made my first post about the storm. Not exactly a premature warning in order to get everyone's attention in time.

    I know many guys would have needed as much or more time to prepare as we do. And a major hurricane did finally strike, with terrible aftermath flooding that's continuing even now. So that RJ members all along the East Coast saw a discussion here of precautions that might apply to them, that they might not have considered before.

    Not the least of which is storm & flood insurance, which I also mentioned. I wonder how many people in hilly inland Vermont ever thought about flood insurance until now? I'm seeing towns up there on TV, where I spent my childhood summers at our family vacation home, experiencing severe flooding for the first time in memory.

    So no, I'm glad about the constructive advice I posted. And let those who never post anything here themselves but destructive hate show their true selves in their personally abusive attacks on me. If another major storm threatens Florida, as it assuredly will, you'll see me posting about it here again.
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    Aug 30, 2011 12:30 PM GMT
    GQjock saidThis was posted for the wall to wall coverage of the New York City portion of the storm and only that portion of the storm.

    Actually this is quite common for weather coverage of NYC. You should see when they get some winter snow, you'd think it was the end of the world. A mere 2 inches and the media is blaring "City Paralyzed!" "Streets Impassible!"

    Meanwhile I'd be 25 miles across the Hudson in Northern New Jersey where we just had a foot of snow from the same storm (that region commonly produces very wide ranges of snowfall), and the national media would give it practically no coverage at all.

    Likewise when I lived in the Upper Midwest we'd hear these extensive national news reports of poor New York City and its measly 2 inches of snow, while we had just experienced a major blizzard that killed people. And see barely a mention of us on network TV.

    NYC is a celebrity, treated by the media just like celebrity people whose most minor moments are deemed more newsworthy than the life-and-death crises of ordinary people.
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    Aug 30, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    I have to admit I'm tired of all the Irene jokes and sarcasm littered on Facebook and Twitter. Being a Bostonian, I'd much rather all the coverage so people prepared appropriately. If it hit the originally predicted track, it wouldnt have hit land so soon and wouldn't have weakened and NYC/Boston would have been hit pretty damn hard.

    Pepople prepared for it like they should have. I now have extra bottled water in my house, and some extra peanut butter... but I'll get over it. If it hit as hard as it could have, i would have likely been w/o power for a while. Hell, I have colleagues who are still w/o power and no sign of power until the weekend.
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:48 PM GMT
    gibby320 saidI have to admit I'm tired of all the Irene jokes and sarcasm littered on Facebook and Twitter. Being a Bostonian, I'd much rather all the coverage so people prepared appropriately. If it hit the originally predicted track, it wouldnt have hit land so soon and wouldn't have weakened and NYC/Boston would have been hit pretty damn hard.

    Pepople prepared for it like they should have. I now have extra bottled water in my house, and some extra peanut butter... but I'll get over it. If it hit as hard as it could have, i would have likely been w/o power for a while. Hell, I have colleagues who are still w/o power and no sign of power until the weekend.



    Yes!

    Hindsight is 20/20. If we underplayed it and then the region was devastated, we'd be called out for not sufficiently warning people. These things are unpredictable, so best to be over-prepared.