But, of course, it wasn’t really goodbye. It was just the beginning of The Weather Channel’s post-Nemo coverage of the challenges the storm left behind: restoring power to about half a million New England households facing dropping temperatures; digging out stranded vehicles; plowing snow-clogged roads as state travel bans were lifted; warning of carbon monoxide hazards amid scattered reports of deaths from the poisonous gas. “Tracking Nemo” headlines were replaced by “The Aftermath of Nemo.”

By Sunday night, however, it was “Severe Storm Central,” as The Weather Channel’s attention turned to breaking news and dramatic footage of a tornado striking Hattiesburg, MS, as well as warnings of thunderstorms and flash floods in the South.

 

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Cristine Russell is a CJR contributing editor and the president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a former Shorenstein Center fellow and Washington Post reporter.