A disaster? Yes. Devastating? Yes - down the Hudson Valley and especially in New York City. "Frankenstorm"? Eh, not quite.At least not in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area.
Katrina was a real, true, deadly superstorm. 27 feet of surge. Sandy's 13 feet of surge was indeed quite a bit for the Big Apple to swallow. But Sandy was on the fringe of being a Category 1 Hurricane when it made landfall. The real superstorm was the superstorm of media hype surrounding the cyclone's arrival.
Local media outlets boasted 24/7 coverage, to the point of relegatng popular TV programs and sport events to tiny boxes on our screens, totally surrounded by weather information and school closings.But the folks down in Ulster and Dutchess counties are watching NY City TV channels, not Albany stations. Once Albany knew the storm was going to miss us, they should have toned it down a bit. (Radio is a bit different, when you consider the VAST coverage areas of WAMC and WGY).
I think it is Channel 6 that says "we're here to inform you not to scare you" or something similar, because viewers have had it with their fave TV shows being interrupted by weathermen who can't shut up about whatever is happening. D'oh, if we want that kind of coverage, we'll go online. We're not scared: we're nauseated by the overhype!
When a Sandy-sized storm hits a city in the Gulf, it's not news the next day. The way Sandy was reported, I'm surprised people weren't out buying all the rowboats they could find (let alone generators). And what happens to all the generators and other equipment that seems to sell out every time there's a local weather event? Just wondering...
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Tags: frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy