Mark Levin, Bill O’Reilly Drop the Ball Bigtime on Irene Commentary
August 31, 2011 Leave a comment
I noticed some disturbing criticism when it comes to the forecasting and subsequent coverage in the days leading up to Irene from some prominent media members. Bill O’Reilly did a smear segment on his TV show and posted a poll on his facebook page about the credibility of the way Irene was presented in the media. For some reason America is now fixating on this idea that the storm was somehow “overhyped.” We also had a similar charge from Mark Levin, which originated on Friday.
Folks, I have news for you. This storm was every bit as serious as advertised. Ask the folks in Vermont whose town was turned into an island and are now stranded… ask the dozens of people in connecticut whose homes were either rendered unliveable or were washed into the sound, ask the hundreds of thousands of people in connecticut who remain out of power to this day.. all the local bussinesses who have not even been able to open up shop since the storm hit…. Bill O’Reilly – you sir are a disgrace!
I’ll address Mark in a second, but I want to point out something with the forecasting. Here is a forecast off Accuweather.com from Tuesday before the storm hit:
The track forecast was spot on nearly 5 days in advance! The two issues with this forecast are the timing – the arrival in the NYC area was about 12 hours earlier, and the intensity forecast in the vicinity of the Carolinas. The intensity forecast was spot on for New York City!!!! Mark Levin and Bill O’Reilly however think this storm was over hyped. Do the Wind Reports live up to that claim?
As Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell points out, winds gusted to 115 mph in the outerbanks of North Carolina, 90 mph in Central Long Island, 83 in Rhode Island as well as in Virginia. While certainly not the forefront of the story, wind did not under-perform itself to such an egregious degree to merit the accusation of being over-hyped.
What surpassed expectations in the northeast was the storm surge, very connected to pressure and wind direction in coordination with high tide. Water levels reached places they hadn’t in the better part of the last century completely inundated beaches on both Long Island and Connecticut, destroying many homes and reshaping coastlines. As mentioned before, the flooding was catastrophic all the way up through northern New England.
I’ll let an emotional Jim Cantore tell you that story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VekLMQByQu4
Or Maybe you need to see this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8zZLyct_D8
or this? http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20110830/THISJUSTIN/708309897 not to mention North Carolina! http://www.wavy.com/dpp/weather/hurricane/highway-12-washed-out-road
Sorry Mark and Bill as much as I respect you in other areas – you’ve disgraced yourselves on this story. Why don’t you look up how often a 954 millibar tropical storm happens? It’s rare!