A Few Comments about “Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy”

By: Bryan Norcross, 10:57 AM GMT on October 20, 2014

The second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has brought us “Superstorm” by accomplished author and former professor of environmental writing, Kathryn Miles. It’s a great story, though aspiring meteorologists beware. When the science gets run through the keep-it-simple machine, at times the wind blows the wrong way.

Still, Miles got the essence of the event right, in a way that few books about hurricanes do. Most often the wind and the water, the da...


When Hurricanes Were Hurricanes

By: Bryan Norcross, 3:36 AM GMT on September 05, 2014

Hurricanes are not what they used to be. If your parents or grandparents grew up on the Northeast coast, ask them about the great storms of 1938, 1944, and 1960, not to mention the six-storm barrage in 1954 and 1955. And if they grew up in Miami, they might have lived through the eye of a hurricane coming directly over downtown six times in the 20th century – the last time in 1964. And that doesn’t include Andrew, Wilma, or the monster storms of the late 1940s. ...

22 Years After Andrew

By: Bryan Norcross, 7:39 PM GMT on August 24, 2014

It was late this afternoon 22 years ago - August 24, 1992, that we got our first look at what had happened about 12 hours before when Hurricane Andrew blasted South Dade. Early that morning as the winds were dying down, about 7:00 AM as I recall, the Mayor of Miami, Xavier Suarez, came by the WTVJ studio to, essentially, assure us that Miami had survived.

He said he had gotten reports from around the city that things were okay, but I said something like,...

Don’t Put On Your Stupid Hat

By: Bryan Norcross, 8:58 PM GMT on February 13, 2014

Another snowstorm, another fiasco, or three. Tens of thousands of North Carolinians are stuck on highways in Charlotte and Raleigh as another state can’t manage a snowstorm. And a tempest erupts in New York City as kids are sent to school despite a forecast of 8 to 12 inches of snow.

Meanwhile in Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed get high marks for quickly learning the lessons of the debacle two weeks ago and doing things ri...

Updated: 2:01 AM GMT on February 14, 2014

Another Unexpected Disaster That Was Well Forecast

By: Bryan Norcross, 9:06 PM GMT on January 29, 2014

Thousands of people, including school children, are still not home in Metro Atlanta after leaving the work yesterday afternoon. They slept in schools, in their cars, and up and down the aisles of Home Depots and 24-hour drug stores. Another horrendous outcome of the dysfunctional system that that we use in this country to connect the weather forecasters, the emergency decision-makers, and the public.

My meteorologist friends are saying things like, ...

Blizzard Hurricane

Updated: 10:49 PM GMT on January 29, 2014

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