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Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its final review of the agency’s performance during Hurricane Sandy, finding that while the agency provided accurate forecasts of the storm’s path and strength well ahead of time, there were many shortcomings, including confusing and poorly timed guidance on the expected storm surg… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Immense Energy Shook the U.S.

Hurricane Sandy’s Immense Energy Shook the U.S.

Sandy, the superstorm that all but submerged New York, was powerful enough to set U.S. earthquake detectors quivering long before it hit the American coastline. It stirred up Atlantic Ocean waves that slammed into each other, started to shake the sea floor and then shook the Midwestern states so vigorously that the storm’s progress could be tracked… Read More

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

First and foremost, Sandy drove home the need to rethink coastal development practices that encourage growth in vulnerable areas. Second, the storm, which was forecasted well in advance, proved the value of a robust weather and climate forecasting infrastructure at a time of budget austerity.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm to hit the northeast U.S. in recorded history, killing 159, knocking out power to millions, and causing $70 billion in damage in eight states. Sandy also put the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in stark relief by paralyzing subways, trains, road and air traffic, flooding hospitals, crippling electrical… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of Week’s Top Climate News

Crazy, unseasonable weather, air travel, and Obama's budget request all in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

Ahead of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service announced today that it is changing its policy on the issuance of tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. Beginning on June 1, the agency will be permitted to leave these watches and warnings in effect even if a hurricane transiti… Read More

Shorter Winters Chip Away at a Logging Town’s Future

Shorter Winters Chip Away at a Logging Town’s Future

Scott Lizotte was hopeful as he pulled his iPhone out of the breast pocket of his flannel shirt. "It's going to be six degrees tonight," he said, studying the 10-day forecast. It's mid-March, and he's standing between a skidder and a log loader in a snowy clearing of a 12,000-acre private forest near Tupper Lake, a former lumber town in New York's … Read More

For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option

For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option

Civil engineers build rugged things designed to last for decades, like roads, bridges, culverts and water treatment plants. But a University of New Hampshire professor wants his profession to become much more flexible. In a changing climate, civil engineer Paul Kirshen argues, facilities will have to adapt to changing conditions over their useful … Read More