Welcome to the Age of the Superstorm

Almost exactly one year after Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. eastern seaboard, the strongest typhoon in recorded history has slammed into the Philippines. That's two superstorms in two years. It's the new normal, folks — and climate change is likely to blame. » 11/08/13 6:38am 11/08/13 6:38am

How well did NYC's flood analysis predict the reality of Hurricane…

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy's storm surge advanced mercilessly on New York City. Subway lines we inundated. City streets turned fluvial. Gawker's server host did its best impression of Niagara Falls. Shit got — as they say — real. » 2/05/13 9:33am 2/05/13 9:33am

Check out this NOAA project that lets you track 3 decades of tropical…

Has Hurricane Sandy sent your running for bottled water and bread? Find yourself mesmerized by the Weather Channel during tropical storm season? You can put your weather fetish to work with Cyclone Center, a new citizen scientist project. » 10/29/12 3:46pm 10/29/12 3:46pm

The best fake photos of Frankenstorm to freak people out on Instagram…

Of course there are already fake photos circulating on social media that show New York being sucked under the waves generated by Hurricane Sandy, AKA Frankenstorm. We've found a few, mostly cobbled together from The Day After Tomorrow (see above) and Escape from New York. Show us your best fakes.* » 10/29/12 12:20pm 10/29/12 12:20pm

Tell us how you're preparing for and coping with the Storm of the…

Hurricane Sandy is only a few hours away from making landfall along the East coast. This unprecedented weather system is not just intensely powerful — it's also massive; satellite photos show that the so-called Frankenstorm is over 625 miles (1,000 km) wide. So, if you live anywhere along the upper East coast and… » 10/29/12 7:10am 10/29/12 7:10am

Incredible footage of what happened when a massive hurricane hit New…

While the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada hunker down and wait for the fury of Frankenstorm to abate, you can rest assured that we've survived worse. In this footage of some of the most terrifying storms ever to hit New England, you can find out what it looks like when major American cities are slammed by… » 10/28/12 9:38pm 10/28/12 9:38pm

Google Maps predict the future of Frankenstorm in real time

If you want to track potential damage from Frankenstorm in real time, or find the nearest shelters, Google has put together a fantastic crisis map for the New York City area. It's a constantly-updating record not of where the storm has gone, but of where it's likely to go based on the data that's coming in from… » 10/28/12 3:30pm 10/28/12 3:30pm

Is Frankenstorm the result of climate change? Scientists weigh in.

"Frankenstorm" is the most popular name for the upcoming super-storm due to hit the eastern seaboard with floods tomorrow. As Dot Earth's Andrew Revkin points out, this nickname makes it sound like the storm was created by humans and our climate-changing ways. It's also a reference to the fact that this storm is… » 10/28/12 2:17pm 10/28/12 2:17pm

What you need to know about the upcoming 'Frankenstorm'

Folks out on the East coast of the United States and Canada are bracing themselves for what could be a remarkably severe storm, one that has been dubbed 'Frankenstorm' on account of its tripartite composition. The mega-storm is expected to make landfall early next week just as three major weather systems collide —… » 10/26/12 6:20am 10/26/12 6:20am

Watch this incredible time-lapse video of Tropical Storm Sandy becoming…

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was using its GOES-13 satellite to capture Hurricane Sandy as it went from being a fierce tropical storm, to a full-blown hurricane this morning when it made landfall on Jamaica. You can watch as the surging clouds slowly begin to cycle around each other,… » 10/24/12 1:15pm 10/24/12 1:15pm