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NOVA: Inside The Megastorm

Airs Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: 30 October 2012, Queens, New York City, New York State, USA --- The day after "super storm" Sandy, the coastal community of Far Rockaway, Queens remains devastated by fire and flooding.

Courtesy of NASA GOES Project Text: NASA/Rob Gutro

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Mon., Oct. 29, 2012 at 9:10 a.m. EDT. At 8 a.m. EDT the National Hurricane Center noted that the center of Hurricane Sandy was located near latitude 36.8 north and longitude 71.1 west. This was about 310 miles (505 km) south-southeast of New York City, and 265 miles (425 km) southeast of Atlantic City, N.J. Sandy was moving north-northwest at 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds are now near 85 mph (140 kph). Tropical Storm force winds extend almost 500 miles from the center, making those winds 1,000 miles in diameter.

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous?

NOVA “Inside the Megastorm” takes viewers moment-by-moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of storm protection.

Through first-person accounts from survivors and from experts and scientists, the program gives scientific context to a new breed of storm.

“As we’ve seen by these recent tragic events, there are forces of nature beyond our control that continue to shape our world in monumental ways,” said NOVA’s Senior Executive Producer Paula S. Apsell. “NOVA seeks to investigate the science in order to understand and prepare for this new breed of storm.”

Related Article: "Hurricane Sandy and the limits of the smart grid" by Tim De Chant.

This program originally aired in 2012.

Past episodes of NOVA are available for online viewing. NOVA is on Facebook, and you can follow @novapbs on Twitter.

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Preview: NOVA: Inside The Megastorm

Above: Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? “Inside the Megastorm” takes viewers moment-by-moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of storm protection. Through first-person accounts from survivors and from experts and scientists, the program gives scientific context to a new breed of storm.

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Above: What can be done to make the power grid more reliable and efficient?

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