Sobel Weighs in on Hurricane Sandy

Updated 9/12/2013

Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences, recently appeared on PBS Nova, NBC Nightly News, ABC 20/20, Fox TV, The Weather Channel, Brian Lehrer Show, Channel 13 MetroFocus, All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show, and the Forum with Michael Krasny.

Sobel also spoke at a Columbia University forum, "After Sandy—Climate and Our Coastal Future," on Monday, Nov. 19. The event was co-sponsored by Columbia's Earth Institute, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and World Leaders Forum.

Columbia News Video: Responding to Sandy (Sobel appears around 34:10)

Engineering News: SEAS Expert Weighs in on Hurricane Sandy

Sobel was also recently interviewed about Nemo - on why forecasts have been so different, what makes a blizzard a blizzard, and why this storm has a name.

Recent media appearances


Fox TV, "Hurricane Sandy: A ‘Perfect Storm’?" Oct. 25, 2012
MetroFocus, Channel 13, "NJTV/MetroFocus Special Report: Coping with Catastrophe", Oct. 30, 2012.
ABC 20/20, "The Perfect Storm", Oct. 30, 2012.
The Weather Channel, "Sandy - Anatomy of a Superstorm", Nov. 4, 2012. (not available online)
Brian Lehrer TV, "Political Winds", Nov. 7, 2012.
NBC Nightly News, "Weather whiplash hits the US", Nov. 12, 2012.
PBS Nova, "Inside the Megastorm", Nov. 18, 2012.
WABC, "Eyewitness to Extreme Weather", Dec. 1, 2012


Brian Lehrer Show, "On the Horizon", WNYC, Oct. 26, 2012.
Brian Lehrer Show, "Special Coverage: Hurricane Sandy", WNYC, Oct. 29, 2012. (Sobel appears around 26 minutes in)
Brian Lehrer Show, "After the Storm", WNYC, Oct. 30, 2012. (Sobel appears around 29 minutes in)
Forum with Michael Krasny, "Hurricane Sandy Update", KQED, Oct. 30, 2012.
All Things Considered, "High-Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions", WNYC, Oct. 31, 2012.
Leonard Lopate Show, "Please Explain: Predicting the Weather", WNYC, Nov. 2, 2012.
1010 WINS, Interview with John Montone, November 15, 2012.
Brian Lehrer Show, "Blizzard 'Nemo' Update", WNYC February, 8, 2013


Climate Central, "How hurricane Sandy can become a 'Frankenstorm'", Oct. 26, 2012. By Adam Sobel.
Climate Central
, "How Fujiwhara effect will toss hurricane Sandy into U.S.", Oct. 27, 2012. By Adam Sobel.
The New York World, "Predicting what's next for Sandy", Oct. 29, 2012. By Allison Maier.
, "We'd all be safe and dry right now if not for the Fujiwhara effect", Oct. 29, 2012. By Will Oremus.
Slate, "Is climate change turning New York into a Hurricane hotspot?", Oct. 30, 2012. By Will Oremus.
State of the Planet, blog from the Columbia Earth Institute, "We don't know all about Hurricanes - but we know enough to act". Nov. 19, 2012. By Adam Sobel.
Wall Street Journal, "Sandy Aside, Weather Puts 2012 in Record Books", Dec. 19. 2012. By Eric Holthaus.
ABC News, "Sandy's 'Freaky' Path May Be Less Likely in Future", Sept. 2, 2013. By Seth Borenstein.
NY Post, "Global warming might lessen likelihood of Superstorm Sandy’s ‘freaky’ path",  Sept. 3, 2013
Wall Street Journal, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Climate Study . . .", Sept. 4, 2013.

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