My intent with this post is only to intervene before anything escalates between you two, DM and Nate.
DM, Nate is merely repeating what he saw on the news, which I'm sure many others (me included) have seen on several websites and news stations: that the surge was 22 feet - and asking for a source for your 37-foot figure. I don't think that was an unreasonable request; yes, CNN might (unintentionally) be wrong, but I assume many people, like Nate, don't want to spread the 37-foot number without having a source for it. That's all.
I appreciate your information DM, and I'm guessing Nate appreciates it, too. But with so much conflicting information, a quick post that just states that the 37 foot figure is "confirmed," without more information (such as the source of the figure and the source of the confirmation), is the type of thing a cautious reader might wait to pass along until hearing the source of the information. There is obviously a lot of misinformation (almost always unintentional) going around (as is true in the early period of any natural disaster), and with so much at stake I certainly don't want to pass along potentially incorrect information.
Yes, it sounds like you are receiving much more reliable information than most, but I still can't fault anyone for asking you for your source re: a given piece of information. And I understand you might not have time or energy to post the source right away, but at the same time I find it hard to fault anyone for asking for a source at a time like this.
Having said that, I appreciate the information you've provided and hope you continue to do so, but I also hope that other visitors to this site will continue to ask you (or others) questions if they've seen/heard information which potentially conflicts with what you or anyone else has posted.
My thoughts are with anyone affected by this storm.
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