Weather expert becomes hero in aftermath of Sandy
November 21, 2012 by Sarah
Gary Szatkowski, Chief meteorologist at the Mount Holly office of the National Weather Service in Hainesport, New Jersey, was recently recognized as one of the heroes of the massive storm, Sandy, that hit the East Coast of the United States at the end of last month.
As part of his job, he alerted those in the area on the morning of October 23 in his daily briefing that a very dangerous storm was approaching and could be very threatening to the region. Within two days, Governor Christie and emergency management personnel in the state were in conference with him in preparation for the storm.
It was not so much his nearly perfect forecast that proved his heroism, but the fact that as a meteorologist he issued some of the strongest warnings about the how dangerous the storm could be. He begged people to evacuate in his ‘Personal Plea’ five days later and gave people his cell phone number so that they could call him if they thought he was mistaken.
The National Weather Service is no doubt using flyer printing and poster printing to make the residents of the area aware of Szatkowski’s heroic efforts in accurately predicting the storm and making strong and personally-focused warnings, which most likely resulted in the saving of many lives.
After the storm was over, Szatkowski was satisfied that his forecast was nearly perfect but, at the same time, was devastated by the amount of destruction that came about as a result of the storm.