Not overblown

Superstorm Sandy left valuable lessons in its wake

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Two unforgettable lessons can be pulled from the debris of Superstorm Sandy.

First: We are not in charge.

This planet, while remarkably hospitable for hurtling and spinning us through space, has a nasty habit of quaking, blowing or spitting on what mankind has built with enough force to destroy it in minutes.

Hubris is always the first casualty of nature.

Second: We are blessed today with unbelievably prescient forecasting techniques that simply dumbfounds us non-meteorologically inclined masses. We need to heed them.

A tip of the cap to our weather forecasters. They get a lot of grief when they’re off even a smidgen. We seem to expect forecasters today to tell us what inning of the baseball game it will rain on. And maybe what the score will be at the time.

The truth is, they get it right an incredible amount of the time. And in the case of Sandy, they pretty much nailed it. They knew the storm would take a sharp left into the Northeastern United States, and fairly close to when.

It is a blessed quirk of nature that hurricanes, one of its most destructive forces, have now become one of the most predictable as well. The accuracy goes down the further out the forecast goes, but in most cases we have days to prepare for a major hurricane.

But, of course, the most pinpoint warnings are worthless if they go unheeded.

Every time a Sandy approaches, there are people who choose to either not believe the warnings or overestimate humankind’s ability to stand up to the most violent elements. And every time, people die. Or those in emergency services have to risk their lives rescuing the stragglers and squatters.

We’ve just seen one of the worst storms in U.S. history hit one of the most populated areas of the country – an estimated $50 billion in damage and lost business, though that may be conservative. We can’t stop such things from happening. But we can get out of the way to the extent possible when warned well ahead of time.

Let this catastrophic event be a lesson to us.

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Unholy_Martyr 11/01/12 - 12:42 am
100% in agreement

I have to say people turn a blind eye to danger in far too many situations. Whats more, when those responsible with the safety of others drop the ball, it is beyond disappointing.

With that said, you are right and it surprises me that these people did not learn from the mistakes of those who have been affected by other major storms that have affected this country.

Hopefully the clean up is quick and life can return to normal soon.

carcraft 11/01/12 - 05:41 am
As one of my co-workers said

As one of my co-workers said "To many people think nature is a trip to the beach on a nice summer's day"!

TParty 11/01/12 - 06:37 am
"We are blessed today with

"We are blessed today with unbelievably prescient forecasting techniques"

Thank you science, and thank you National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

soapy_725 11/01/12 - 07:06 am
Everything has become a reality show.

The Weather Channel wanted the storm of the century. The government wanted the storm of the century. The POTUS definitely wanted the storm of the century. Money and power at the expense of others. Major time share for cable TV news and rehash news.

The empty words from politicos, "we can learn from this and do better next time" is sheer lunacy on their part and those that believe their words. Katrina, Opal, Hugo, South FL, FL Panhandle, etc. What leanings?

This story can play big time through the election right up until the BCS Tournament.

Where we the mandatory evacuations? Where was the planning for the Perfect Storm? Where were the leaders before the loss of life and flooded subways? Same old. Same old.

Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.

We live in a day when you cannot turn on a TV or cell phone and not have someone reporting the weather. It is the single most talked to death issue. It has desensitized the sheeple so hey ignore any serious results. It just the weather. Talk, Talk. Talk.

Not to mention statements like "I've never seen a disaster that I didn't love", from the POTUS friend and mentor.

Each and every time we have a National Catastrophe the politicos ask for and receive more power and tax money. And when the next event happens they are there once again and again and again.

Government cannot control nature. Government can move people from its path. Do they choose to do same?

PANIC is another situation. Government must prevent PANIC at all cost. Because PANIC shows their inability to control the serious event that occur on this planet. Better to let Sandy do the damage. Blame Mother Nature and vow to be ready the next time.

And Self Absorbed American want to believe that someone else is being the responsible adult. While they bemoan their cancelled trip to Atlantic City.

We were in Panama City Beach the morning Opal came ashore. At 5am the hotel called the room and said get out. We did. By 10 am the radio said that if you were not north of town on the evac route, stay put. The roads were filled to capacity. Opal went all the way to WV.

soapy_725 11/01/12 - 07:13 am
Valuable lessons?

Your government cannot and will not protect you.
Your government will talk about protecting you.
Your government will tax for protection.
The Weather Channel cannot protect you.
HLN, CNN, MSNBC cannot protect.
You must think for yourself.
You must use due caution.
You need flood insurance.

afadel 11/01/12 - 09:45 am
Climate Change?

How about one of the lessons being that, when humans increase the level of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere such as carbon and methane, severe weather becomes more frequent?

rmwhitley 11/01/12 - 10:04 am
I'm glad

volcanoes never had any effect on the weather. Just us Tea Party guys and gals.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 12:20 am
I agree ACES

I went through Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and I had days to evacuate but I decided to stay. (in downtown Charleston!)
If the storm surge had come 10 miles further south I would have drowned in an instant.
I will never take for granted the weather forecasts again!

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