No hype with storm; experts call it the real thing

Feb 08, 2013 by Seth Borenstein

Don't call it hype. The new director of the National Weather Service says some may be getting carried away in describing the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast. But he says the science is simple and chilling.

Louis Uccellini (LOO'-ee oo-chih-LEE'-nee) is an expert on . He says meteorologists are telling people that this is a dangerous storm because it is.

For more than a week, forecasters have seen it coming. And they believe it's worthy of a nickname like the huge East Coast storm of 1993 that weather experts call the "storm of the century."

Snowbound MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel agrees that forecasters are telling it like it is. But he adds people love to talk about and obsess over . He calls it weather porn.

Explore further: Radioisotope studies show the continental crust formed 3 billion years ago

0 shares

Related Stories

Good news for coast: Nor'easter to weaken

Nov 06, 2012

Northeast coastal residents got some good news Tuesday. Weather experts say that a new storm that threatens to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected.

Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

Oct 25, 2012

(AP)—Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal ...

Thanks to high-tech, storm track easier to predict

Sep 02, 2010

(AP) -- Sophisticated computer models that replaced instinct with cold, hard math have helped forecasters predict where a storm like Hurricane Earl is going about twice as accurately as 20 years ago.

Recommended for you

ESA image: Northwest Sardinia

8 hours ago

This image over part of the Italian island of Sardinia comes from the very first acquisition by the Sentinel-2A satellite.

Experiments open window on landscape formation

23 hours ago

University of Oregon geologists have seen ridges and valleys form in real time and—even though the work was a fast-forwarded operation done in a laboratory setting—they now have an idea of how climate ...

NASA image: Canadian wildfires continue

23 hours ago

Canada is reeling from an early fire season this year as dozens of fires ravage at least three provinces of the country. All of the following reports are as of July 2, 2015.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.