Historic Sandy Provides Unique Learning Experience

Hurricane Sandy was a historic storm for much of the Northeast. As a meteorology major graduating in December, this storm presented several opportunities.

First of all, the shear meteorological factor was remarkable. Being able to forecast a historic storm like Sandy amongst some of the best professors in our field was terrific. Secondly, as a senior, I was given great opportunity to forecast the storm both on my website (HinghamWeather.com) and through other media outlets.

Last Thursday, more than four days before the storm hit Central Pennsylvania, Altoona’s WTAJ-TV featured me in a story about the potential historic nature of the storm.

Also on Thursday I began producing special video update’s for Centre County Report’s website. The updates focused on the impacts of Sandy to both the Northeast and Centre County.

Back at home, I provided my normal weekly video forecast for HCAM-TV. The forecast was heavily focused on Sandy.

By the weekend, Hingham Patch began running my forecast details in a series of online posts.

On Sunday and Monday Penn State’s Daily Collegian also used my forecast in a series of articles regarding the storm’s impact on Centre County.

As someone looking to get into broadcast meteorology later this year, this storm provided an excellent opportunity to not only track a major weather event, but communicate the risks it poses.

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