Superstorm

Superstorm

Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

Book - 2014
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"The first complete 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 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. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late. And then the storm made landfall. Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn't issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn't know what to do. In Superstorm, journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of dedicated professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes--and lives--were torn apart and then left to wonder. When is the next superstorm coming?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780525954408
0525954406
Characteristics: 359 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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bookdan2017
Jul 24, 2017

There are storms that captivate just by saying their name- 'Andrew', 'Katrina', 'Ike'-and now 'sandy'.

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Barsby
Mar 07, 2015

Riveting! If you enjoyed reading INTO THIN AIR (1997 Mt Everest climb disaster), and PROVING GROUND (1998 Sidney-to-Hobart sailing disaster), this book will not disappoint. Kathryn Miles' attention to the weather from every perspective available, sailing/cruise ships' dramas, and the potential deadly impact to local residents up the Eastern seaboard (and taut pacing) makes for an engrossing story. Your anxiety level will rise as Sandy grows; I was tempted to check the weather. Really good read.

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Logovore
Jan 14, 2015

It's an interesting view of the lag between what was on the ground at the time, what was predicted and the politicians', first-responders' and ordinary people's reactions to both.

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