I believe it is now clear to everyone that Irene was not “overhyped” by weather forecasters,
|Associated Press photo of what used to be Route 4 in Vermont|
with approximately 6,000,000 still without power 4-5 days (depending on location) after the storm and communities still cut-off from the outside world, I want to close out Meteorological Musing’s coverage of Irene with a remarkable time-lapse of Irene with the National Weather Service’s path forecast superimposed.
While they were not perfect, I’m very proud of my colleagues at AccuWeather and the National Weather Service for superb forecasts of this dangerous storm that unquestionably saved lives and dollars. The meteorological profession came through again.
I’d now like to talk just a moment about preparedness. The Wall Street Journal has an online story just posted about “slow pace” of the recovery.
Standing with her school-age son and daughter beside her, Andrea Trout said she had Type 2 diabetes and was struggling to keep her insulin at the proper temperature because her refrigerator lost power. “I’m feeling afraid,” she said. She has been in the dark since 7 a.m. Sunday.
I absolutely, totally feel for these people. But, rather than complain to politicians (which is the topic of the story), I would like to suggest to readers that it is wise to prepare for future disasters and plan to be self-sufficient for at least a week whether it is an earthquake, hurricane, or ice storm.
Here is a set of links for planning for a disaster.
Do it. Tomorrow.