"They say that New York City never sleeps; but I think they're only talking about me. It's 3 a.m. and 95 degrees. Whoa-oh."
-- Thomas Dolby, "Evil Twin Brother"
So I'm back from New York City, and I survived. Stay tuned to this blog post over the next week as I add additional photos and commentary from the Social Media Week presentations that I attended. Meanwhile, here are two weather-related photos I took in the Big Apple:
The first photo, shown above, I'm really glad I stopped to take. I was leaving the Associated Press building in west Manhattan to catch the subway at Penn Station at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, just after the rain had stopped. I was fascinated by the city lights against the night sky in this scene (the Empire State Building is lighting up the clouds above it). I took it with my new GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition camera. I mentioned recently that the GoPro camera is the last camera you'll ever need to buy and it really proved its usefulness in New York City.
The second photo (a longer exposure taken with my Kodak Z990) shows the Empire State Building again, from our hotel in Soho, after I got home later that night.
The first seminar I'll mention is rather timely... because of a show launching tonight on a certain "channel of weather" (a wholly-owned subsidiary of a so-called "company of weather"). It was entitled "Telling Stories with Scientists." I was pretty hyped to attend this one, because one of the problems we run into at AccuWeather is getting the knowledge from our meteorologists out to the public in an understandable way. The seminar took place at the beautiful American Museum of Natural History. Photos I took of the building and the panelists are shown below.
The guy I circled in the photo is uber-nerd (not that there's anything wrong with that) John Rennie, former editor of Scientific American. He's also one of the stars of "Hacking the Planet" which airs tonight on that channel featuring weather that I previously mentioned. I guess I should give them some credit for having some hard-core scientists on the show, but did you know that most of their ideas are lifted from The Hurricane FAQ, an internet reference that was written in the 1990s? I'll be curious to see how close their "answers" are to those provided by Dr. Chris Landsea in that FAQ (who I met last month when he did a talk at AccuWeather - how's that for "six degrees of separation"?).
The Atlantic hurricane season of 1996 was a blockbuster season for southeast North Carolina. Could that repeat this season?
Scientifics Direct (formerly Edmund Scientific) has a sea of scientific devices and gadgets in their store, that I could only dream of as a kid!
The worst flooding this week was in Louisiana, but the unnamed low-pressure system dropped 10 inches of rain in eight states.
Here in Pennsylvania, after experiencing months with almost no rainfall and a complete lack of typical thunderstorm activity, the last 10 days have brought daily rainfall and storms.
What may go down in the record books as "The Great Flood of 2016" is now upon us. Over 30 inches of rain has fallen and thousands have been rescued from the floods.
I'm pleased to announce that the 4K version of the 360fly camera has arrived! Unboxing, in-car review, and time-lapse sample videos in this blog.