Sandy, a massive “superstorm,” unleashed high winds and large-scale flooding in New York and New Jersey—and the future holds more such damaging surges
During disasters, rumors, untruths and exaggerations swirl through the air along with the detritus of hurricane winds
As New York, New Jersey and the rest of the northeastern U.S. come to grips with Hurricane Sandy's impact, some leaders there are realizing that two debilitating hurricanes in as many years there are a sign that infrastructure there needs rethought, not just rebuilt.Postmortem assessments of Sandy's impact should include a "fundamental rethinking of our built environment," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday during a press conference...
The Science of Hurricane Sandy-Live blog
Welcome to Scientific American 's Science of Sandy live blog where we are posting continuous updates on the storm and its aftermath, and answering your questions.If you have pictures, video, audio or questions about this tropical cyclone (categorized as a hurricane and a tropical storm at various times in its progress)—share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, our facebook page, or tweet @sciam with #sciamsandy...
Sandy Rips through My Street
I am here at home in Maplewood, New Jersey, four days after an angry wind whipped through the trees, sending my entire family downstairs into the living room for the night.
Will Sandy Change the Climate Change Conversation?
This week's superstorm moves climate change back into national discourse
Disaster Response: A New Yorker Reflects on Sandy
Evolutionary psychologists tell us it's human nature to search for lessons from the skies. Here is what I think Hurricane Sandy is saying to the U.S.:
The Future According to Sandy
“We [seem to] have a 100-year flood every two years now," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he told President Barack Obama during his tour of the damage from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday...
Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy?
How many of the NYC rats survived hurricane Sandy? This question has been asked in the wake of Sandy's flooding of lower and east Manhattan. See, for example, articles in Huffington Post Green, Forbes, National Geographic, Business Insider, Mother Nature Network and NYMag.The short answer is: some rats drowned, some survived.The complicated question, how many drowned and how many survived, is probably impossible to answer...
Climate Change Influence on Superstorm Sandy Drives Bloomberg to Endorse Obama
Because President Barack Obama is more likely to act to curb global warming, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg offers his endorsement
Frankenstorm Sandy: Stitched Together from Elements Both Natural and Unnatural
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, made a comment the other day that really captured the essence of the monster hybrid storm, Hurricane Sandy: "This thing is stitched together from elements (both) natural and unnatural." Most elements of this storm have indeed been observed in the past without any need for invoking global climate change as a causative agent...
Does Sandy Mean We Should Have Fewer Nukes, or More?
I've been trying to come up with something to say about Sandy that hasn't already been asserted and questioned and reasserted and so on. So I thought I'd talk about how nuclear plants weathered the storm.As I mentioned in a previous post, environmentalists in my hometown and throughout New York want to permanently close the Indian Point nuclear plant, which they see as a potential "Fukushima on the Hudson," as the green group Riverkeeper put it...
Civilization s Thin Veneer: The Evacuation of Bellevue
The nation’s oldest public hospital—and the premier emergency institution in New York City—is the go-to place in the aftermath of a plane or train wreck, an all-out gunfight or a commercial airliner slicing through a skyscraper...
Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?
If you’ve followed the U.S. news and weather in the past 24 hours you have no doubt run across a journalist or blogger explaining why it’s difficult to say that climate change could be causing big storms like Sandy...
Why Do Trees Topple in a Storm?
For some, an unwanted reminder of Hurricane Sandy that crashed into the East Coast as megastorm of the century is a big tree uprooted, lying across the yard -- If lucky, missing the house...
What Does It Take to Make a "Frankenstorm"?
The U.S. east coast is enduring what's been dubbed a "Frankenstorm" for its combination of multiple different types of weather systems. David Biello reports
Superstorm Sandy May Have Long-Term Public Health Impacts
What are the long-term effects of a catastrophic hurricane?
Sandy versus Katrina, and Irene: Monster Hurricanes by the Numbers
Which storm has the highest wind speed, largest area, most snowfall?
Researchers Battle the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
New York University lost crucial mouse colonies, but students and staff helped to save equipment and patients
Staten Island's "Bluebelt" Doesn't Fight Superstorms, but Plays Crucial Role in Managing Excess Rainfall
During an eerily foreshadowing talk I attended the week before Sandy came crashing ashore, New York City’s climate resilience advisor, Leah Cohen, assured the small attending audience that PlaNYC 2030, a tentative map for the city’s sustainable growth, outlined no such plans to “buy back” developed areas in the city—even those dangerously close to the water’s edge...