This is a story about storms and the people who try to figure them out. A hurricane is about to slam into the Carolinas. It’s not a normal hurricane, either. Forecasts are calling Hurricane Florence potentially one of the most devastating storms since… Hurricane Harvey. Last year. As the ocean gets warmer, hurricanes get wetter, stronger, and more deadly.
How is the new reality changing weather models? What’s it like to huddle in a massive weather newsroom and prepare for a marathon of reporting, with thousands of lives at stake? What’s different about Florence, and this year’s hurricane season? How does a meteorologist cope when the most exciting news of the year is also the most depressing? The Weather Channel’s head of America forecast operations Dale Eck brings us into their newsroom during ‘severe mode’.