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Hurricane Sandy Alert

Friday, October 26, 2012

Adam Sobel, professor of Climate and Atmospheric Science at Columbia University, talks about the approaching storm.

 

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Adam Sobel

Comments [18]

Deirdre from Burlington, VT

Thank you for talking about Climate Change, and how events like this are becoming more and more common. It's unfortunate that it takes a disaster for people to acknowledge that global warming is real and we are living it.

Oct. 30 2012 09:48 AM
Mark from Chelsea

Let this be a hard lesson to those that needed to learn a hard lesson.
Especially to the disgustingly smug "King Bloomberg" for waiting ONE DAY before the predicted impact when he clearly was informed what the predicted "Surge" would be.
As well as those that wait until the last minute to buy water, non perishable food, batteries, flashlights, first aid and didn't learn to prepare a 'go bag' a.k.a. B.O.B.
People: be prepared.... "learn" what to do, so you don't get "stuck" in the next catastrophic event when it eventually will occur.

Oct. 29 2012 10:01 PM
Melanie from Harlem from Mt. Morris Park Historic District, Harlem

From my windows facing north and south, light rain, intermittent strong winds.

Like a fool I went to my office in midtown yesterday before the trains quit running and grabbed a full DVD full of work to do at home. Welcome to the impact of storm conditions in the digital age!

Oct. 29 2012 09:11 AM
Mark from Chelsea

And may I add..... I find "King Bloomberg" to be a smug, naive imbecile for waiting "1 day" before the actual impact to issue an evacuation notice.
Yes, it's the wind that's destructive.... however in the case of those that live in the flood zones.... even a predicted 9 foot storm surge which brings salt water in contact with the electric systems/transformers/grids will "without question" kill the subway system, the supermarkets, grocery stores etc. that people need to survive, causing them to all head uptown for water and food.
I lived in New Orleans for many years, I now teach "Urban Survival" to mostly NYC 'Metro-Sexual' Men and single Women who in most cases are more often interested in what the newest ap is for their i-toy then learning what to do during a true disaster... natural or man made.
Shame on "King Bloomberg" for waiting until "1 day" before the actual impact on the city to issue an evacuation notice.

Oct. 29 2012 12:16 AM
Amala from NYC

Hi, This morning's expert is both a meteorologist and climate scientist and yet he did not want to state that there was a connection between the melting of the artic ice and our current spate of freak weather. Here is a link to an article about this with other stories and research on global warming.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/26/1097761/frankenstorm-sandy-climate/

Oct. 26 2012 02:25 PM
Leo from queens

let's head out to higher ground to the hills of the Catskills.

Oh wait!, that area had serious mudslides last year from the torrential rains.

We are toast!!.

Oct. 26 2012 01:31 PM
Mark from Chelsea

I am a native of NYC, I lived in New Orleans from 1973 to 1986.
I am extremely familiar with not only preparing for an oncoming Hurricane... but what happens from the actual 'Storm Surge' where in this case would be a true disaster.
A storm surge (a body of water 15-20-25 high or more) being pushed both up the East and Hudson Rivers from the Atlantic will cause "massive flooding" of downtown Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn causing 15-20 or more feet of salt water which will destroy anything running on electricity, which means you can forget about trains,supermarkets or stores being functional for an extended period of time.
Try to imagine 15-30 feet of salt water in downtown Manhattan and thousands heading uptown looking for food and fresh water.
Tip: buy flashlights/batteries, water, crackers, peanut butter and nothing that needs to be refrigerated.

Oct. 26 2012 10:50 AM
Jim

@Robert,

But some listeners are much younger than you. Every generation has to live its own experience before it becomes wise.

Oct. 26 2012 10:39 AM
Robert from NYC

Because, art525, it's the same every time we have one. I've lived through I don't know how many and very bad ones going back to the '50a and by now they vary is strength and length but it's the same for each and every one of the storms whether strong or weak. And as the guest indicated we just don't know so be prepared for the worst and hope for the best, as trite as that may sound. So what will you do, hide in the basement? Not if you live in a low lying area. Go to the roof? Dumb and that's common sense. Stand near a window? Uhhhh, NO! Get a plan ready and follow it on the basis of expecting the worst.

Oct. 26 2012 10:33 AM
John A. from US of Inconvenient Truths

I don't feel especially immortal, but by the time I die I will have lived 15 Centuries. Or at least will have lived through 15 storms-of-the-century.

Oct. 26 2012 10:32 AM
art525 from Park Slope

My comment was meant for Robert/Robet.

Oct. 26 2012 10:27 AM
Dan from Sunset Park

The guest downplayed the flooding impact on from Irene, but photos on the MTA's Flickr stream showed some subway yards submerged. The north end of the 2/3 line by the Harlem River in particular.

Oct. 26 2012 10:19 AM
John from Brooklyn

Isn't dubbing this "Frankenstorm" pretty insensitive considering the loss of life and potential billions of dollars in damage?

Oct. 26 2012 10:16 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Yeah, why in the world would we possibly want to know what what we might expect from a potentially very severe snowstorm?

Oct. 26 2012 10:15 AM
Gilly Youner from NYC

what do you think of NYC emergency preparedness for this and other types of severe storms...i.e. public notification, evacuations, power, other infrastructure...

Oct. 26 2012 10:14 AM
Beth from Crown Heigts, Brooklyn

I would love it if you could ask the professor how many potential paths this storm has. The way people had been talking, it sounds like this storm is on a direct track to lower manhattan.

Oct. 26 2012 10:14 AM
Robert from NYC

you're not your that's how infuriated I am about this silliness and non-scary storm is.

Oct. 26 2012 10:07 AM
Robet from NYC

Another wasted segment. Grow up people, we have hurricanes annually and if your not used to it now you deserve what you get. Please Cuba, Jamaica, DR, PR, etc get hit waaaaayyyyy worse then we ever do and yet we act like the spoiled brats we (well YOU) are

Oct. 26 2012 10:02 AM

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