Is this that "Oh, sh*t" moment we always see in the movies, when the eggheads and the armchair generals realize that every single thing that can possible go wrong has, in fact...gone wrong?
The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday.
The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water - which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes....
In a measurement of pure kinetic energy, NOAA's hurricane research division on Sunday ranked the surge and wave "destruction potential" for Sandy - just the hurricane, not the hybrid storm it will eventually become - at 5.8 on a 0 to 6 scale
Prediction map for 8pm tomorrow evening. Not loving the black blotch over New Jersey:
Were this actually a movie, this is the part where two lone (and long-ignored) scientists, studying data under the glow of a green screen, would look at each other in horror. One would slowly shake their head, while the other would whisper, in a non-believing voice, "Oh...my...God..."
(More Sandy-blogging here and here . And if you are wondering if Hurricane Sandy is in fact the ultimate "October Surprise" - if Barack Obama in fact stole Dick Cheny's Haliburton-designed, Katrina-tested weather machine, and jacked it up to "Killstorm 5000" in a last-ditch effort to win re-election...go here)