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October 29, 2012

Natural disaster photo cliché bingo
Posted by Teresa at 02:20 PM * 112 comments

Dogs on a rescue boat.

Picture labeled “calm before the storm.”

Deserted business district.

Weather Channel reporter doing standup.

Dramatic fake. (Both misidentified and photoshopped specimens will be accepted.)

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Help me with this one. We need waves breaking over a seawall and a political leader at a press conference surrounded by aides. I’m trying to think of the rest. Points will be given for duplicates of categories already tagged.

For a while I was contemplating a drinking game, but using the obvious terms — storm surge, millibars, NOAA, evacuation — would also render it unsurvivable.

Any suggestions on how to classify the shirtless horsehead jogger?

(Added) First point goes to Peter Hentges for spotting the dramatic fake shot.

The List:

Dogs on a rescue boat.
Picture labeled “calm before the storm.”
Deserted business district.
Weather Channel reporter doing standup.

Peter Hentges: Dramatic fake shot.

Lila: Waves breaking over a seawall.

Jacque: President Obama looking concerned as he’s briefed by aides.

mjfgates: NJ Governor Chris Christie gives a press conference (video).

Macallister: Driver in 4WD vehicle fighting wind and weather.

Macallister: Undaunted/imprudent tourists at iconic location.

TNH: Undaunted/imprudent tourists at iconic location.

Jeremy Preacher: Item amusingly relocated to inappropriate place by wind.

Weatherglass: Damaged sailboats.

Caroline: Floodwaters with partly-submerged car to illustrate depth.

Mary Dell: People sitting on rooftops.

Mary Dell: Grocery cart full of bottled water.

GHN: Car squashed by a fallen tree.

Jim Macdonald: Shocking fake PLUS tourists at an unsafe location.

Suggestions:

Michael suggests:

*Spray-painted sign by some wiseacre taunting the hurricane.
*Guy in wetsuit with surfboard crossing beach toward Rocky-Mountain-sized breaking waves.

Carrie S. suggests:

*Person in lawn/deck chair with beer, and dramatic clouds in background
*Someone wading through water carrying something over their head
*Treetops protruding from water
*Canoe/rowboat/kayak on Main Street
*House with masking tape/plywood on windows
(More specific?)

Weatherglass suggests:

*Action shot of people sandbagging or installing plywood over windows.
*Store shelves emptied of desirable items.
*Police roadblocks closing dangerous routes.

Hilary Hertzoff suggests:

*Dramatic shots of storm from space
*Flooded downtown area (boats get bonus points)
*Dramatic shots of gathering clouds/rain…through a window.
*Meteorologists looking busy doing research.
*Lolcat of Mitt Romney referencing his desire to dismantle FEMA.
*The dramatic locking-up of some usually busy but now empty venue.

More to come, but I’ll post these now.

Comments on Natural disaster photo cliché bingo:
#1 ::: Lila ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 02:35 PM:

Seawall: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/us/hurricane-sandy-churns-up-east-coast.html?hp&_r=0

#2 ::: Michael ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 02:35 PM:

(1) spray painted sign by some wiseacre taunting the hurricane; (2) guy in wetsuit with surfboard crossing beach toward Rocky Mountain sized breaking waves.

#3 ::: mjfgates ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 02:43 PM:

Here is Chris Christie with some aides, but it's video.

If you have to keep looking, avoid any pictures from Mike Bloomberg's press conference; it's all just shots of his crotch. Which MIGHT count as "waves breaking etc.", but.. no.

#4 ::: Jacque ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 02:49 PM:

Not a press conference; does "briefing surrounded by aides" count?

#6 ::: crazysoph ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 02:52 PM:

For a while I was contemplating a drinking game, but using the obvious terms — storm surge, millibars, NOAA, evacuation — would also render it unsurvivable.

What, you couldn't have used "batten down the hatches" still?

Crazy(and impertinent, so hanging her head in shame....)Soph

#8 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:01 PM:

Michael, are those suggestions or broken links?

#9 ::: Carrie S. ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:01 PM:

*Person in lawn/deck chair with beer and dramatic clouds in BG
*Someone wading through water carrying something over their head
*Treetops protruding from water
*Canoe/rowboat/kayak on Main Street
*House with masking tape/plywood on windows

#10 ::: weatherglass ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:03 PM:

How about:

1) Action shot of people sandbagging or installing plywood over windows.

2) Store shelves emptied of desirable items.

3) Police roadblocks closing dangerous routes.

(http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html contains examples of those first three, but I can't link to individual photos.)

4) Damaged sailboats (#2 here is a good start: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html).

#11 ::: MacAllister ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:07 PM:

Hah - I just saw this one, under Teresa's "Dramatic Fake" category: storm surge

#13 ::: Caroline is gnomed ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:11 PM:

Gnomed for a one-line link post.

#14 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:17 PM:

Sub-category: Deserted Business/Financial District, taken just after sunrise on a Sunday morning.

#15 ::: Persephone ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:20 PM:

How about idiots surfing? Oh, and flats of bottled water in the aftermath. (Hand-to-hand passing of supplies, too.)

#16 ::: Sarah ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:29 PM:

Snopes.com is already collecting the dramatic fake shots, as is Buzzfeed.

#17 ::: Susan K ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:30 PM:

On topic, but without the individual submissions: A Field Guide To Hurricane Photography: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2012/10/29/a-field-guide-to-hurricane-photography/

#18 ::: sean sakamoto ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:33 PM:

Godzilla joke picture.

Saw it here, saw during the fukushima disaster.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/522879_10151127026525875_2084662015_n.jpg

#19 ::: Victoria ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:36 PM:

Teresa
Any suggestions on how to classify the shirtless horsehead jogger?

Performance Art Pranksters?
Weather Jokers?
Hilarity Ensued?
15 Minute Famers?
A Sense of Humor In A Time of Trouble? (to quote a FEMA guy I once worked with*. Just be sure to say it with an Arkansawyer accent in a reverent, yet admiring, tone.)
Or we could just stick with a more pithy version: Humorists.

_____
* FEMA agents, apparently, have a soft spot for the people who sneak humor into the reports they have to read.

#20 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:37 PM:

People sitting on rooftops

[You're having very bad luck with URL formats, Mary Dell. Have a ginger snap. Have two. — Idumea Cowper, Duty Gnome]

#21 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:37 PM:

Dramatic shots of storm from space
Flooded downtown area (boats get bonus points)
Dramatic shots of gathering clouds/rain...through a window.

I've seen most if not all of these on facebook and twitter today, but I'm feeling too lazy to dig them out, so have at it.

#22 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:40 PM:

Also:
meteorologists looking busy doing research
lolcat of Mitt Romney referencing his desire to dismantle FEMA
The dramatic locking of some usually busy but now empty venue.

#23 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:41 PM:

Previous entry gnomed, probably because it's a link with no chit-chat.

For this comment I offer Flight status: cancelled.

Here are words to deter the gnomes.
My friends are battened in their homes.
It makes me want to write some poems.
Short ones only, though, not tomes.

#24 ::: GHN ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:43 PM:

Car flattened by fallen tree
http://www.bdlive.co.za/incoming/2012/10/29/hurricane-sandy-oct-29-20122/ALTERNATES/crop_638x402/Hurricane+Sandy+Oct+29+2012


#25 ::: mjfgates ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:43 PM:

Oh, suggestions?

Quiet suburban neighborhood, flooded deep enough that the doorknobs on front doors are covered.

Building shoved off of its foundation. Extra credit for a picture with the building over HERE, and the empty square of concrete over THERE.

"Looter" and "person finding supplies," from the same source.

#26 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:44 PM:

Grocery cart full of bottled water.

The gnomes are undeterrable.

[We are. It's because you show us pictures of your son. We're suckers for a cutie. —Idumea Cowper, Duty Gnome]

#27 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:53 PM:

There's a waves-breaking-over-the-seawall shot in the article about the Bounty which was linked by nerdycellist in the Open Thread. Scroll down to see it.

#28 ::: Eric ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 03:57 PM:

Haven't found an example yet, but surely there will be some examples of "reporter on beach/seawall struggling to stand up in the wind".

#29 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:04 PM:

Is everyone aware that (mostly) Bay Area fan Doug Faunt was one of the crewmembers on Bounty 2.0? He's okay -- updated his status on Facebook with his last dying phone charge.

#30 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:09 PM:

Here are two spray-painted signs:

Sandy or Treat

Gone Surfing, See You Monday (Well, it *is* a surf store.)

#31 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:10 PM:

Yeah, heard about Doug. REALLY glad he's OK. Am praying for the two crewmembers yet to be found.

#33 ::: Brooks Moses ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:26 PM:

Any sightings of sandbags piled against the storm surge showing up yet?

(Fingers crossed that they manage to sandbag the storm surge out of the subway. That sounds like a a horrific mess if they can't.)

#34 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:43 PM:

storm-tossed waves

That was *low* tide today (Monday). For contrast, here's the same beach on Saturday.

#35 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:56 PM:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/chip-reid-hurricane-sandy-cbs-news_n_2039038.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000041

Reporter hit by massive wave

#36 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:56 PM:

Just for you:

Shocking fake and tourists at unsafe location: Sandy Arrives In New York

#37 ::: Naomi Parkhurst ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:58 PM:

Sandbags in front of the NYSE, along with empty subway stations

(I just googled sandbags wall street.)

#38 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 04:58 PM:

Sandbags in the MTA

(as seen on the flickr blog)

#39 ::: Naomi Parkhurst ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:10 PM:

photo gallery from TPM with multiple clichés:

Obama being briefed, car driving through flood, spray painted boarded-up buildings ("This Too Shall Pass"), kayakers, sandbags outside the NYSE, empty bread shelves.

One of the spray-painted signs is practical: "gas off".

#40 ::: Ben Bradey ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:11 PM:

Out-of-state TV reporter on his way to covering the storm, retweeted by newspaper:

AJC ‏@ajc
Watch--> RT @wsbtv: Just got pic from @DavidChandley. He's far enough north to find snow and he's live coming up at 5. http://twitpic.com/b8l4pv

#41 ::: Michael Weholt ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:11 PM:

Teresa @ #8: Sorry, just suggestions. I thought you were soliciting ideas for additional cliches.

#43 ::: kate ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:19 PM:

Did we get dramatic shot from space?

Here and here?

#44 ::: kate wuz gnomed ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:21 PM:

Links, I expect. Gnomes care for some leftover samosas? (The appetizer, not the cookie.)

#46 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:34 PM:

Michael Weholt: Yes. You were right. I was soliciting suggestions, and you posted some good ones. I just wasn't sure which sort they were.

#47 ::: Ben Bradey ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 05:44 PM:

Is it cheating to link to a metapage of pics? (is such a metapage itself a cliche?) Building crane in Manhattan broke, and much more:
http://gizmodo.com/5955575/earth-photo-shows-sandys-massive-size
[Gizmodo]Latest Hurricane Sandy Satellite Photos and Videos (Updating Live)

I feel like I hit the motherlode.

while I'm making real hotlinks, here's this from my last post #40, Atlanta WSB-TV News Truck on the way to covering The Storm.

#49 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 06:01 PM:

Jim, #36: That looks like it was done in pastels. If so, it's an outstanding piece of artwork.

#51 ::: Randolph ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 07:09 PM:

I love the streakline map of the wind that tnh linked. I've liked that display method from when I first saw it, and that's an especially nice-looking version.

#52 ::: Aquila1nz ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 07:11 PM:

Is this the first urban shark pic? https://twitter.com/The_Real_Hmmm/status/263037153964077056/photo/1

No idea if real or repurposed.

#53 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 07:35 PM:

#49 ::: Lee

I would bet a little bit on colored pencil, but it is a very nice piece of work.

#54 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 07:50 PM:

I've been watching the Weather Channel all day. (I'm in the Boston EOC, so it's an occupational hazard; after eleven hours it's become vaguely soothing, in an obsessive kind of way.) The whole time I've been watching surprisingly hapful news anchors stay one foot ahead of the crashing waves, and morbidly wondering when one of them will get overtopped and swept away. They're very good at what they do, but it's got to be a hell of a life. So I nominate "news anchor walking into the storm to stay in place" and "news anchor ankle-deep in floodwater" for the cliché list.

There 24 hour news thing perversely incentivizes exactly the behavior -- going out into the storm -- that its anchors busily exhort its viewers not to engage in.

#55 ::: Xopher HalfTongue ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 08:13 PM:

Lee and Nancy, it's clearly been arted up, but that could easily be based on a photo taken from Hoboken's waterfront, which has that kind of fence and that kind of angle on lower Manhattan.

#56 ::: AlyxL ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 08:27 PM:

Our weather disasters are much smaller and more unexpected than yours, but no British flood is complete without at least one picture of a plucky old lady being rescued. Bonus points if she is actually being carried in the arms of a hunky policeman and looking as if she is enjoying it.

#57 ::: Jeff Youngstrom ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 08:43 PM:

Idiot, surfing (provenance questionable)

#58 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 08:45 PM:

I suggest "people sleeping on luggage," "very nice house with large tree sticking out of it," and "shaky-cam footage of storm taken from inside home."

#59 ::: Angiportus ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 08:46 PM:

2 x 4's sticking out of hillside, tree-trunk or other steep surface like pins in a pincushion.

#60 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 09:33 PM:

Further on Jenny Islander's #58, "people sleeping on cots or uncomfortable departure lounge seats at the airport".

#61 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 09:36 PM:

And towards "dramatic fake shot": https://twitter.com/StuartS/status/263070722153406464

Jeff @58: I know someone who claimed to have spent all of Irene surfing. He said hurricanes were the only time the East Coast ever got good wave action, and I have no reason to doubt him.

#62 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 09:41 PM:

Photo, graffiti saying "I don't believe in global warming", water level up to the crossbar of the A.

#63 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 09:46 PM:

Imprudent tourists, and waves breaking over a sea wall. What's not to like?

This from WMUR.

#64 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 10:49 PM:

People kayaking through their neighborhoods - in the streets.

#65 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 11:04 PM:

They just showed it on the weather channel, we get the same thing when it floods here (as well as idiots driving AROUND the police barriers to go across flooded and possibly very dangerous roads that run alongside Brush Creek/the Blue River complex, where the roads are real near the water.)

"I heard the warnings but I had no idea the water would come up so fast!" (Someone being rescued from a precarious place....)

If I were told to evacuate, I would do so at the front of the warning, not after the water is coming in my door.

#67 ::: Megpie71 ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 11:17 PM:

Okay, from the Australian disaster standbys (for extra Aussie points, all people involved should be clothed in summer-weight gear, because our disasters usually occur during the height of summer.)

* Tree fallen on garage/carport
* Kids playing puddle games in floodwater
* Someone mopping out their flooded house in thongs (flip-flops, to you Merkin types)
* Cars being swept away by floodwaters (video stream bonus)
* Wildlife stranded up trees/in suburbia
* Hail damage/photos of hailstones (bonus points where there's an indication of the size of same)
* 4WD vehicle with snorkel (head-height air intake) moving through floodwaters.

And of course, the special bonus from cyclone country: the before-and-after shots of the flooded river, where the before shot shows a river bed at least 5 storeys down from the roadbed, and the after shot shows same road bed approximately 2 - 3 inches from the top of the floodwaters.

#69 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 11:35 PM:

Over at Wunderground, there were a couple of good ones on Jeff Masters's blog: a shot of floodwaters coming into the Hoboken PATH station through an elevator shaft, and a video of a ConEd location exploding.

#70 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 11:36 PM:

Both of those, when I saw them, were on pages 22-24 of the comments.

#72 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: October 29, 2012, 11:58 PM:

Megpie71, #67: Thongs* are absolutely what I would wear to push standing water out of a building in warm weather. They let the water out as easily as they let it in, and take no damage thereby.


* That's what I grew up calling them; I'm not sure when the shift to "flip-flops" occurred. Furthermore, these days it's difficult to find pretty shoes that aren't made thong-style, so I've taken to calling my rubber-soles-with-fabric-straps variety "surfer flops" to distinguish them from the gazillions of leather and vinyl ones at the shoe store.

#73 ::: Thena ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:03 AM:

Thongs as footwear:

My sense is that the word thong(s) started to lose its reference to footwear about the time the word started referring to the "booty floss" variety of underpants.

#75 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:51 AM:

Underground parking garage, Manhattan.

Street in Brooklyn (corner of McGuinness Blvd and Huron St. A bit over 8 miles from Making Light Headquarters, "Home of the Gnome.")

#76 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 01:08 AM:

Jim, the Con Gen link doesn't work.

#77 ::: Randolph ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 01:32 AM:

ConEd video at Talking Points Memo.

CBS report on the explosion. Not too much there but confirmation.

#78 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 01:46 AM:

Fixed the link. -- JDM

#80 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 02:40 AM:

Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic has taken on the task of identifying real v. fake Sandy photographs. She's calling the project InstaSnopes.

#81 ::: Inquisitive Raven ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 02:59 AM:

I'm seeing mostly pictures of New York with the occasional New Jersey here. Pennsy is notable by its absence, so..

Press conference with the Mayor of Philadelphia (video).

I'll see how many other squares I can cover, but right now I need to go bed.

#82 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 03:23 AM:

#74/77: There are two separate explosions in that video. The first one is about 20 seconds in, the second (larger) one at 3:00 in the same location. Must have been a multi-stage process.

#83 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 08:23 AM:

I couldn't tell if it was the same explosion, twice, or two - there was a gap between the two, like someone had gone back and started a recording from an earlier point.

It was very impressive, though.

#84 ::: Sarah ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 10:11 AM:

In the "press conference" category, my brother posted:

"Based on what people are saying online, the clear breakout star of this storm is Mayor Bloomberg's sign language interpreter. I'm sure there are already GIFs being animated."

One of his friends confirmed that there is now a http://signlanguagelady.tumblr.com/.

#86 ::: C. Wingate ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:16 PM:

Special DC bonus score: photo of "The Awakening" drowned" (at left)

#87 ::: Naomi Parkhurst ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:20 PM:

I think this actually might not be a cliché, unless it's an example of incongruous objects: boat sitting on commuter rail tracks.

#88 ::: Lin Daniel ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:23 PM:

Boat in inappropriate place:

http://screencast.com/t/zvJOcELV4s1

and if this is gnomed, I have banana bread available for soothing

#89 ::: Jacque ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 12:42 PM:

Not cliche hurricane photos: these look more like Colorado than Queens.

#90 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 01:36 PM:

Not cliche, and on a lighter note: New Yorkers cluster around a closed Starbucks. Why? Working wifi.

#91 ::: Inquisitive Raven ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 01:45 PM:

Downed tree on house in
Media, PA

This video gets several entries at once: Flood (no partly submerged car for scale, but later there's a couple of knocked over newspaper courtesy boxes), downed tree on house (extra points for fallen branch on car), power company at work, fire department at work, and abandoned business.

I'm not sure if downed tree on power lines qualifies as a cliche, but this one's pretty impressive.

This might qualify as an object amusingly repositioned by the wind.

*sigh* Even the Philly news sources seem to mostly have pictures of places in New Jersey.

I had been going to stick to Pennsylvania images, but the closest thing we have to a coast is the Delaware River tidal zone and that just doesn't make for the kind of dramatic waves over barriers that ocean does, and this one is pretty impressive.

#93 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 03:12 PM:

In praise of cliches: The birdsong this morning sounded *wonderful*.

#94 ::: Brooks Moses ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 03:19 PM:

People surfing on the waves from the storm. Which Mary Aileen @48 claimed already, but this isn't on the ocean -- it's on Lake Michigan.

#95 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 03:39 PM:

Brooks Moses (94): Holy mackerel!

#96 ::: Brooks Moses ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 04:29 PM:

Mary Aileen @95: After posting that, I asked my local-to-Chicago coworker (from whom I got that link) how uncommon this is, and he says those sorts of waves happen about once a year although this is a bit longer-duration than usual.

He also made comments about not-from-around-there people tending to seriously underestimate weather on the lakes, which seems pretty apt to me!

#97 ::: Jeremy Preacher ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 04:36 PM:

Here's another in the inappropriately placed object category, although this one looks rather more chilling than amusing to me, this morning.

#98 ::: Brooks Moses ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 04:43 PM:

Flood waters up to the wheelhubs on a jetbridge at LaGuardia, from JetBlue's blog. That's not equipment you want seawater getting into....

Favorite line in the comments section, reanswering one of the FAQs: "'The storm has passed, why can’t you fly?' Because the FAA won't let us bolt pontoons to bottoms of our planes."

#99 ::: Brooks Moses has been gnomed ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 04:44 PM:

Apparently the gnomes do not like links to JetBlue's blog.

#100 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 04:49 PM:

Via Ginger on Facebook, at least a third of this series of 47 photos are Bingo shots. The rest are just impressive.

#101 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2012, 05:53 PM:

@Mary Aileen no. 100: Did you catch the "Caution, Wet Floor" sign somebody placed in a jetsam-covered intersection in photo no. 27?

Heh.

A tip for the next one: Apparently somebody successfully defended his home from flooding (due to a river breaching a levee, so high winds were not involved--caveat lector) by caulking everything on the ground floor tightly shut. The expense of removing the caulking afterward and repairing the damages caused by removing the caulking were much, much lower than the potential expense of floodwater inside the house. I can't go find the photos ATM because I caught a DNS redirect virus YET AGAIN and have to block out the time to remove the frickin' thing.

#102 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 08:23 AM:

In this morning's Metro (free paper given out in train stations) in London, the folllowing offerings:

"Residents use a boat to wade through a street in Queens.
"Times Square: A solitary man walks through the deserted landmark"
"Destroyed: Breezy Point in the borough of Queens was flooded then fire struck"
"Write offs: Cars float in a flooded basement in the financial district"

Also a piece on Claudene Christian and the captain of the Bounty, Robin Walbridge, and an accompanying picture of the Bounty with waves breaking over it.

#103 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 10:34 AM:

Jenny Islander @ 101: Ha! If I can find that caulk story I'll have to send it to my mother-in-law. She believes in caulk. When she was helping us replace some pieces of damaged siding and repaint our house, she even taught us to spackle the nail holes, not with spackle, but with a smear of caulk. I have no doubt that faced with a flood, she would supplement sandbags with large quantities of caulk.

In other news, I think this photo of a flooded parking lot full of yellow cabs is an extreme version of the photo cliché I submitted earlier.

#104 ::: Sumana Harihareswara ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 11:04 AM:

This MTA video of "Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Damage" has about 5-10 seconds of dudes in official jackets talking concernedly about something in the distance.

An MTA video of South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage includes not treetops, but the tops of subway escalators and stairways protruding from water.

#105 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 11:20 AM:

Brooks Moses @96: Yeah, Chicago surfing is a thing. (They've reportedly worked out a deal with the police as to which beaches are surfing-appropriate; the surfers used to get busted a lot.)

The experienced Chicago area surfers were telling most people not to go out Tuesday, because it was just too rough. More info and links here.

Big, big storm system, to affect the east coast and the north coast at the same time....

#106 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 10:18 PM:

Not the biggest in recent memory, though -- I can recall seeing satellite photos of Katrina basically filling up the entire Gulf of Mexico. I don't have rigorous measurements, but looking at a map it seems to me that that's a larger distance than NY-to-Chicago. I could be wrong, of course.

#107 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2012, 10:47 PM:

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North Carolina to Ohio and Nova Scotia (at least), all at the same time, is bigger than Katrina, I think.

#108 ::: C. Wingate ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2012, 09:09 AM:

Article from The Atlantic about trying to counter the flood of fake Sandy pictures

#109 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2012, 03:34 PM:

I'm waiting for one of those reporter-on-storm-scene shots to end with the reporter being hit by a larger-than-usual wave or a piece of flying debris.

#110 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2012, 07:42 PM:

P J Evans #109: It's already happened, in this latest storm. I'll see if I can find the footage.

#111 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2012, 07:47 PM:

Here you are:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/hurricane-sandy-reporter-producer-hit-storm-wave-17589749

also:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/hurricane-sandys-rogue-wave-attacks-cbs-reporter/2012/10/29/f920783e-21d4-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_blog.html

#112 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2012, 07:49 PM:

For whatever it might be worth, Wunderground is saying there's a nor'easter on the way; NJ is going to be hit again, so I assume NYC and Long Island are also targeted.

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