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Report notes flaws in Irene forecast

The Stockade section of Schenectady sustained severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011.
The Stockade section of Schenectady sustained severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene in late August 2011.
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Meteorologists at the local National Weather Service office knew Tropical Storm Irene was going to be damaging but didn’t expect the catastrophic nature of the storm. “Locally it was epic,” said Raymond O’Keefe, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Albany. The rainfall levels and river volumes generated by the enormous storm were never seen before by the staff at the Albany office. The entire National Weather Service report assessing its performance before, ...


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