NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Federal weather forecasts for Superstorm Sandy were exceptionally accurate last fall, but the warnings themselves were confusing, an internal review found.
The gigantic October storm lost tropical characteristics hours before landfall in New Jersey, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stopped calling it a hurricane. Instead it shifted focus to flooding and high wind warnings and moved responsibility from the National Hurricane Center in Miami to local weather offices.
NOAA’s self-assessment said that led to confusion by the public and the media, a complaint made by independent meteorologists.
The 66-page report uses the word “confusion” 88 times.