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Numbers, Pictures, Climate Change: Stories From Sandy---(Videos)

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Here in New York City, and all along the US's eastern seaboard, we had an epic Monday night. Here are photos and videos from the trenches and links to our picks of science reporting answering your questions about superstorm Sandy.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 5:41 pm
(Photo Credit: Discover Magazine)

Here in New York City, and all along the US’s eastern seaboard, we had an epic Monday night. Here are photos and videos from the trenches and links to our picks of science reporting answering your questions about superstorm Sandy.

(1) A monster storm surge submerged Lower Manhattan, Red Hook in Brooklyn, and just about anywhere else within 9 feet of sea level.

Ars Technica‘s Casey Johnston looks into new research and reports that by 2200, 9 feet above current sea level will be the new normal, thanks to climate change.

(2) What I thought was a lightning storm turned out to be a transformer blowing.

Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing explains how transformers work and links to an explainer on why transformers explode at Popular Mechanics.

(3) Con Edison cut power to part of Manhattan to ease the pain of getting the equipment back online after the flood receded.

Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing explains how transformers work and links to an explainer on why transformers explode at Popular Mechanics.

(3) Con Edison cut power to part of Manhattan to ease the pain of getting the equipment back online after the flood receded.


Before the storm hit, over at TIME, Bryan Walsh explained how the storm would test our electric grid, which is, to say the least, cobbled together. After the storm, Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOm laid out the case for a cleaner, more distributed power grid.

(4) In Chelsea, the facade of a four-story building crumbled:

I asked around on Twitter and learned that high winds and/or old or shoddily-laid brick can sometimes cause this. WIN.

(5) At NYU Langonne hospital, after the power failed, so did the back-up generators.

See ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein’s Storify of the chain of events and how this is not the first time this has happened here.

NY Governor Cuomo later said in a press conference that the generators were in the basement. Which, of course, was flooded.

(6) At the height of the storm, Popular Science‘s Martha Harbison made a break for Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek to see what she could see. She does not recommend trying this. But you can read what it was like here.

(7) The wind brought down trees, trees, trees…

Popular Science editors put together an extensive gallery of fallen trees here.

(8) Now that the storm is passed, the recovery here and elsewhere has begun. It will have to take into account what New York Governor Cuomo referred to as a new, extreme weather reality.

Quartz news reporter Chris Mims thoughtfully addressed how climate change fed into Sandy here. And Maggie Koerth-Baker put together a set of links and info here to address why what you mean when you ask “Did climate change cause Sandy?” matters:

"If you’re just kind of curious and/or looking for something to blame, we don’t have great answers on that yet. I’m sorry. Nobody is really going to be able to tell you one way or the other.

But if you’re using that question as a proxy to really ask, “Is climate change real and do I have to care about it?”, well, good news! We have enough information to answer your question. And the answer is, emphatically, yes."

For my part, the one article that kept coming to mind was this one from National Geographic last year. We might someday start adding the natty wood structures used by these people to our front yards.

Food for thought.

by Veronique Greenwood in Environment | Discover Magazine |

This is a photo/video journal essay and I think must be read in that context. Please see all photos and videos at Visit Site.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 7:13 pm
very sad

JL A (281)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:15 pm
a tragedy that might have at least been less severe if not avoided had more politicians been willing to listen more to science and less to money

Past Member (0)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:30 pm
Sadly noted.

David C (131)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:53 am
will only become more common if we don't try something soon.....

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 10:48 am
The wall that blew off the apartment had to be frightening and I don't think anyone was hurt, but the firefighters one could see immediately went inside to help.

With this whole election, very little if anything was spoken about climate and what our society should be doing to be a Leader in this. We use to lead, now we lag behind in everything, which is costing us more in funds, lives, and more tears. We got the Republicans more concerned about intruding into our vagina's and reproductive organs than the overall wrath of Mother Nature.

Basim Nawaz (0)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:42 am
Nature is so powerful. So who created it?

Basim Nawaz (0)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:43 am
Shocking videos and pictures!

Christeen A (368)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:53 pm
It reminds me alot of hurricane Katrina. Absolutely horrifying.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:47 pm
Thanks Kit, and Dandelion.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:43 pm
Noted - so sad but doubt we have seen the last of such catastrophes.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:27 am
I hope my Care2 friends, others and the animals that live in that area are doing okay, I know what its like to go through a Hurricane, I went through Hurricane Andrew in 1992, it was a very devising storm.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 4:34 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 4:35 am

Sonny Honrado (5)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 5:08 am

Pamela D (16)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 8:40 am
I have never in my life been through a storm that lasted as long as Sandy. And this was only a category 1? I have been through hurricanes before, but not one that lasted for almost 2 days! My power and Internet are still spotty, But more importantly I still have a roof over my head and my family is safe, unlike so many others. Sandy Was not like anything I'd ever experienced before, but I have this sinking feeling, it will not be the last. I'm beginning to realize that this is going to be a new norm...super storms! I don't know the answers, but know one thing, Job creation, stimulus, etc can bring back the economy, but there is no amount of wealth that will end the wind or stop the sea. If we don't start taking climate change seriously, the effects will be felt in every country, city, town and community in the entire world. It is a global issue that our country has for too long not been part of solving. It is time to take the blinders off. It is time to make those in power not just acknowledge it, but join with other nations to try and solve it. I don't see any other way. The alternative is to just wait for the next earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, draught or perhaps a snowstorm in July, which seems to be our current policy.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:30 pm
We need to change our ways -- change infrastructure away from fossil fuel burning and deforestation etc.

It could be done, if the will was there. Humans don't have to be stuck in old ways that are killing the planet.

Linda h (86)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:30 pm
I rode out the storm in Lower Manhattan with plenty of everything but power. I kept my land line so I could still let people know we were okay. No cell phones worked for days unless you walked up forty blocks. We had water working for toilets because we weren't in a and we had gas for cooking and hot showers. We were really lucky. A wonderful man had a generator and heard we needed help so he drove down from Connecticut and set it up in front of the police station so people could power their phones and lap tops for a full day starting at 6am. Yesterday when the bridges were open I drove to look at Rockaway Beach and to check on my home in Howard Beach. We had a 14 ft surge there. Everything on the bottom floor is trash but we are all safe and I have some insurance and we live simply out there so we are not complaining. I saw terrible things out in Queens though heroic efforts were going on to dig away the sand. The fires were more than just Breezy Point.
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