Updated 10/04/2012 10:42 AM
YNN 10 Years: YNN meteorologists look back at Irene
If you’ve watched our station over last 10 years, then you’re familiar with Weather on the 9’s. You get your forecast and a promise that when weather is severe, we go live and stay live. We stayed live the longest last summer when Irene put the Capital Region in its crosshairs. Meteorologists Mike Bono and Heather Morrison take a look back.
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YNN Chief Meteorologist Mike Bono: “It was like an equal opportunity dumper of rain, if you want to call it that. It just dumped rain. Irene actually tracked across the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical wave. It had its ups and downs. A lot of these storms start right off Africa and get started, but this one had a little bit of trouble getting started actually. It went most of the way across the Atlantic. Then, as it was approaching the Windward Islands it finally started getting its act together as a tropical storm and gave it the name, ‘Irene’.”
YNN Meteorologist Heather Morrison: “I think that the storm was pretty well-predicted. We had a lot of warnings ahead of time. Three to four days ahead of time, we had a pretty good idea of how much precipitation estimate was going to fall with this storm.”
Mike: “Everybody was really beginning to get worried, because it was a category three, and it was headed for the United States. But, that was its peak, and after that it just began to go through some changes and lose some energy.”
Heather: “I think personally covering it from the outdoor perspective was quite interesting. I’ve been out in snowstorms before; I’ve been out in some severe weather events. But to be outdoors in such a prolonged period of time and soaked to the core; it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
Mike: “It was large. It had a big wind field and a big rain field. So, that power persisted all the way up the Hudson Valley into New England. But, it’s the water out of the Catskills that came down the Schoharie Creek that were so devastating. And there they got a foot of rain or more in parts of Greene County, and that just had to go someplace. So, it was pouring into some of those creeks and eventually the rivers and washing away things in its path.”
Heather: “And, just because it didn’t impact one small area as much as another you really have to keep in mind that there was some areas that were highly-impacted. So you have to remember not all weather falls on your doorstep, but there was a huge chunk of our area that got hit pretty hard.”
Mike: “Being a meteorologist you watch the pressure falling, you look for gust reports, you look at the radar. And, just watching torrential rainfall park over an area for a long period of time is just an awesome thing. And, then it just hits you: the impact that it’s having on people and communities, and blocking off communities from the rest of the world. And when does this end? You know, where is it headed, and when is it ever going to end?”
Heather: “I would say, yeah, it was interesting being out in the storm, but to also see the after-effects of the storm were more impactful for me.”
Mike: “It doesn’t have to have the name or the category. Some unnamed storms can cause devastating flooding, too. You never want to mess around with water. It’s very powerful.”