Superstorm: nine days inside Hurricane Sandy

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[2014]
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A riveting moment-by-moment account of the largest atlantic storm system ever recorded - a hurricane like no other. The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but virtually nobody on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm's immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station; at nearly two million square feet, the tightly coiled bands of the storm system filled their windows. Hurricanes and 'perfect' storms had come and gone before, but never anything this monstrous. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had shape-shifted into something unprecedented. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength by the minute, baffling meteorologists and emergency managers as well as the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen. What exactly was this thing? Acclaimed journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom to tell this epic story of nature's power as it played out, hour by hour, over nine days, eventually affecting nine countries and twenty-four US states. Based on extensive interviews, Miles details the anguish of dedicated professional at the National Weather Service - along with the science they live by - as the drama unfolded. She investigates the untold story of how Mayor Bloomberg said late on Saturday that all would be fine, don't worry, and then on Sunday morning went into full alarm and ordered the mandatory evacuation of 350,000 people. Characters also include the forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey; the fun-loving crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, and their misguided captain; the Coast Guard crew who risked their lives in a hair-raising rescue, the panicked passengers on a cruise ship; and the countless coastal residents whose homes - and lives - were torn apart and then left to wonder even years later- When will we by whole again? As Kathryn Miles demonstrates, Sandy showed us that everything we thought we knew about seasonal weather and storms was wrong and the putting our trust in the people who are supposed to know - the head meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center or an experienced tall-ship captain - can lead to a dangerous false sense of security. It definitely isn't going to save us in extreme weather conditions. And these conditions are widely expected to increase. Monday, 3-30 a.m. National Weather Service forecast Office, Mt. Holly, New Jersey The graphs began to stream in. She sheeled her chair over to the computer so she and her colleague could watch together. The forecasters glanced. Then glanced again. And then they laughed. It just seemed so absurd. A system had begun building deep in the Caribbean. That was a little unusual, given how late it was in the hurricane season. But what really seemed ludicrous was what the models said the system would do next- grow. And not just grow - but became enormous.

Thursday, 3-00 a.m. Cuban National Air Space The Hurricane Hunters' C-130 approached the storm, and the pilot dropped the plane down to one thousand feet. The plane banked towards the eyewall, where winds were now maxing out at 124 miles per hour. An ominous ring of solid thunderstorms now rising up to sixty thousand feet and into the stratosphere appeared before them. The storm was a monster, and it was about to swallow the plane. The navigator's station went dark. Thursday, 5-45 a.m. National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida Every century or so, a hurricane can combine with another system to become a record-breaking hybrid. It was happening. Forecasters now knew that where this monster came ashore, if it came ashore, would matter more than anything . . .

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subject_facet Hurricane Sandy, 2012, Hurricanes -- United States -- History -- 21st century, Weather broadcasting -- United States
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