After the Storm

by Dave Schuler on November 4, 2012

If you’ve wondered why I haven’t posted anything about Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath on the East Coast, here are my thoughts. Obviously, my heart goes out to all of those who’ve lost loved ones or their homes or otherwise been injured in the storm. New York is the richest city in the richest state in the United States. I have every confidence that its public officials will be able to cope with the problems the hurricane brought with it. The impression I’ve received from the recent remarks by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is that they are just now coming to a realization of the full scope of damage their state and city have sustained. I think they’re a bit late to the party but better late than never, I guess. Given New York’s status I think it’s pretty hard to make a case for substantial federal aid to New York after the initial emergency response.

New Jersey is another case. Much of northeastern New Jersey is a sort of bedroom community for New York. It’s not nearly as prosperous as its neighbor and there’s been an enormous of damage there. Being an elder in a high rise in New Jersey, never a bed of roses, is probably a pretty bad thing to be right about now. I wouldn’t be surprised if New Jersey is going to need considerable help to recover. New Jersey’s governor knows which side his bread is butter on and has been responding appropriately.

It’s hard not to sound like a Grinch in saying it but Sandy isn’t the worst hurricane ever to strike New York and New Jersey. It’s just the most severe hurricane that’s struck the Mid-Atlantic recently. The Long Island Express back in 1938 was a more severe storm with greater loss of life by an order of magnitude. Big, serious storms come along every couple of decades and have done for as long as anybody knows. The relatively mild weather of the last couple of decades has lulled people into a false sense of security but the reality is that nature is tremendously powerful and its power is always there.

I think the willingness of New York officials immediately to leap on the global warming band wagon over Hurricane Sandy is unbecoming and hysterical. Whatever the reality of global warming, big storms have happened before and happened long before there was any threat of global warming. I might add that Chicago has been getting more than 80% of its power from carbon-free sources for more than 30 years; New York gets 30% of its power from carbon-free sources. If New York’s governor is worried about releasing carbon into the atmosphere, he might think about starting at home.

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Janis Gore November 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Those South Louisiana boys have stupendous charm.

My boy was from Columbia.

TastyBits November 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

@Janis Gore

I think it was about $3,5oo, but there was a lot goinng on at that time. The house is officially 1650 sq. ft., but it is probably about 1575. I am guessing the cost was about $1.75 – 2.00 per sq ft, but the surface area of the roof is greater than the floor.

It is two sided, and it should radiate the heat back during winter. I think the lowest I recorded was in the 50′s, but the cold is not really a problem. Also, my attic has always has fiberglass insulation.

On of our friends has a raised house, and he installed one under part of his kitchen. During the winter, he says there is a large difference. I made sure it is not an electric heated floor.

What you should do is to put an electric thermometer in your attic. It will record the high and low temperatures. You may be able to store those boots up there.

Janis Gore November 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Thank you, Sweet.

Janis Gore November 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Before I go that run, I’d like ceiling fans in the three bedrooms. This house was built in ’62, and actually has cross ventilation, if you do it right. It can be very comfortable here under the oaks if you have a breeze at 85.

Icepick November 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It can be very comfortable here under the oaks if you have a breeze at 85.

Come on, Janis, 85 degrees _IS_ cool weather!

Janis Gore November 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

I’ve actually tested it to about 87. It’s the still, humid days at 88 and up that get you.

That’s when Southern women grow moist and languid and Texas women just get bitchy.

Icepick November 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

That’s when Southern women grow moist and languid and Texas women just get bitchy.

LOL! And I ended up marrying a Nordic Puerto Rican* from California! They just get cranky in the heat.

* You’d never guess the Puerto Rican part.

Janis Gore November 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The fall garden:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gonesouth/8162377028/

I need to thin radishes and greens.

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