29 August 2011

A Nice Analysis of Print Media Coverage of Hurricane Irene

At the NYT FiveThirtyEight blog Nate Silver uses our normalized loss database (above) and historical loss of life data to assess the relative intensity of (mostly) print media coverage of Hurricane Irene. He finds that the coverage was in line with that of other storms since 1980. I would love to see a similar analysis exclusively focused on television news coverage -- I'd hypothesize different results.


  1. For anyone interested, here is an evaluation of the quality of the forecasts of Irene: http://meteorologicalmusings.blogspot.com/2011/08/irene-recap-who-good-were-forecasts.html

    And, here are some comments regarding the alleged "hype:" http://meteorologicalmusings.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-is-worth-separate-posting.html

    Roger, congrats on the use of your data!


  2. NPR interview, today: Irene losses up to $40 billion.

    Good 'Nus' data, Roger