Storm ‘Pounds,’ ‘Pummels,’ Generally ‘Socks It To’ City

In case you missed the “soaking,” “pummeling,” “havoc-wreaking” Nor’easter that “socked” the New York City area — New Jersey got the worst of the “pummeling” — the coverage of the storm provided some incredible excitement — and the accompanying hyperbole — of its own.

Our personal favorite: The New York Times‘ “East Coast Storm Breaks Rainfall Records” (toned down from its earlier headline, “Storm Unleashes Flooding and Snarls Travel”). Their take on the “globular nebula 800 miles across that reached from the Carolinas to New England”:

“The day was, in a way, like great theater: the drama of the approaching storm, the searching wind at the panes and rain dancing on the pavement, the smudged sky, the iron-gray day like a movie in black and white. The overcast was solid, great plates of corrugated iron fused from horizon to horizon, and the streets glistened in the rain: a metallic futureworld.”

Exactly.

The best of the rest:

— Emily Million