We needed accurate forecasts of the rainfall, the wind speeds, and the duration of the storm. We got them all, as a tidy signal embedded in a volume of noise. I could happily have spared
- One station's report on the relation of wind speeds to height, how a wind that blows 50 mph at ground level blows 100 mph some tens of stories up; do you think that the engineers who built New York and drew up its construction codes hadn't thought of that?
- Many minutes of broadcasts from Ocean City and other beach towns.
- Our elected officials' visits with the local news desks.
- Radio reporters working their way through Roget to tell me of Irene's "ire" and "wrath".