Monday, October 29, 2012

The Best Ways to Watch "Hurricane Sandy" Roll in From Afar

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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If you've turned on the TV or gone on the internet today, you might know that the Eastern Seaboard is being battered by a freak hurricane, obnoxiously aptly named "Frankenstorm".

Meteorologists and TV newscasters are running out of terrifying things to say about this bad boy, Hurricane Sandy, as it makes landfall in New Jersey this evening before setting out on a path of destruction that may cause record damage.

Maybe you've already grown weary of seeing cable news correspondents needlessly battle torrential winds, or b-roll of abandoned city streets. But if you're interested in keeping tabs on Sandy, we've rounded up a few sites that offer far more interesting views of the hurricane that threatens to blow away Manhattan. From East Williamsburg hipster musings to mesmerizing wind map technology from Google programmers, read on for the latest, greatest and strangest in hurricane-watching.

The New York Times' View From Above

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From the folks who brought you the hawk cam, among countless other Pulitzer-worthy "cams", comes streaming video of the storm as it approaches Manhattan. The NYTimes has affixed a camera to the top of their premo Midtown skyscraper headquarters. This morning things are looking pretty placid, but if Times Square blows away, you'll be the first to know it.

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