“Super Storm” Sandy

Is now responsible for a remarkable increase in unemployment claims. Gee. Unemployment bumped up after the election. Gee. For the first time in a couple of reports all of the states were able to get their numbers in for reporting.


No, I don’t want to admit it, but it sure feels like the constituency is having a hard time getting accurate information. That matters to some of us, you know.

But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the administration successfully lobbying the news media to label the storm called Sandy that hit the Northeast a few weeks ago a “super storm” instead of a “hurricane.”


I did a little bit of research to find the logic behind this one, and I couldn’t find an argument. Maybe, just maybe, it’s because there is no logic behind the change.

NOAA calls Sandy a hurricane. Why won’t CNBC?

Here’s what I think: If it’s not a hurricane, Obama’s golfing response can’t be compared to Bush’s attention post Katrina. You see, I think a “super storm” is being labeled as something much worse than a simple hurricane, so now that Sandy is a category all to itself, any Obama response can be allowed no comparison to previous storms.

What do you think? Have you noticed the media language shift?

It’s 1984, the novel, in real time. What you “think” is at best irrelevant and at worst might get you into trouble. Don’t you dare stop thinking.


  1. Or… it could be that the media loves alliteration.

  2. Maybe because it wasn’t a hurricane when it came onshore.
    The role of property and casualty insurance companies is the great story still to unfold.


  3. Can you source where it wasn’t a hurricane when it came to shore?

  4. Here is the NOAA announcement of when it became “Post Tropical” http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2012/al18/al182012.update.10292255.shtml?

  5. When it hit shore at 8pm EST, it was in a post-tropical cyclone status (declared at 7pm EST), but it’s size and internal temperature were still as powerful as a Category 1 Hurricane.


    I think if the media liked alliteration, they would have stuck with FrankenStorm 🙂

  6. The term Superstorm has been around since the “Perfect Storm” of 1993. Sandy had very similar characteristics to that storm which is why it was labeled as such.

    NOAA classified Sandy as a hurricane but that term doesn’t include the other meteorological events that were occuring at the same time.

  7. You guys really need to remove the word “fairly” from the title of the blog. More and more since the election, from storms to terrorism, you have traded any tools of reason you may have employed for the tin foil treatment of your more paranoid brethren. I’m sure plain old “conservative.com” is unavailable, so might I suggest “neuroticallyconservative.com?”

  8. jimspice, You’ll be surprised someday and like something again. In the meantime, thanks for reading.