Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Irene’

“The Irene show” bombs – media disappointment high

August 29, 2011

The much-hyped Hurricane Irene fizzled to a tropical storm and failed to deliver the massive devastation that the media was hoping for.

The wall-to-wall coverage of the expected destruction has now left the media desperately trying to show that apocalypse was only narrowly averted. But they cannot hide their terrible disappointment. Politicians are implying that “crying wolf” was not only the right thing to do but might actually have dampened the storm. Millions lost electricity as areas were shut down as a precaution against flooded sub-stations.  But the 20 – 30 foot storm surges expected only managed to reach some 2 or 3 feet.

But water and gas and batteries and candles all sold very well.

The muted headlines on the day after cannot hide the disappointment -

Telegraph - Perfect Storm of Hype: US politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was 

New York Times - ‘Some Hurricane,’ New Yorkers Grumble as Danger Passes

Boston Globe - Tired Irene slaps N.E.

Washington Post - Hurricane Irene was not the powerhouse most expected 

According to my son - “Well it was windy and quite wet”. Oh well!

“Hurricane” Irene or just a severe tropical storm in New York: What was the fuss about?

August 28, 2011

That it was a storm and caused some damage – as storms are wont to do – seems clear.

But was all the fuss really justified? Emergencies declared, mass evacuations, whole cities shut down!!

Perhaps I am missing something but the reports of wind speeds for New York city that are forecast here are stormy but they do not seem all that remarkable (perhaps upto about 80km/h (50 mph) for an hour or two.

New York City forecast Sunday

Hourly Forecast 6AM 12 Noon 6PM 12 Midnight
Temp. | Dew Point 22 | 21 22 | 20 22 | 15 18 | 12
Wind 73 km/h East 78 km/h North 44 km/h WNW 27 km/h West
Humidity 94% 88% 65% 70%
Chance of Precip. 100% 100% 100% 10%
Cloud Cover 100% 100% 85% 35%
Conditions Thunderstorm Thunderstorm Chance of Rain Partly Cloudy
Sunrise & Sunset
6:18 AM
7:35 PM
New York seems to have faced (or is facing) a severe tropical storm — but this is no hurricane.
The New York Times story goes over the top. Maybe this is the precautionary principle at work but it seems like alarmism to me and the so-called “fury” seems to have been somewhat muted!!

New York Wakes to Hurricane’s Fury


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