Way back on March 26, 2001, Sesame Street aired an episode explaining that a hurricane was moving up the eastern seaboard, headed for Sesame Street. Kermit the Frog, correspondent for "Sesame Street News," explained the storm, and even called on real meteorologist Al Roker for details. The episode was focused on explaining the notion of hurricanes and disaster preparedness for kids. Predictably, Oscar the Grouch tried to ride out the storm in his trashcan.
That original episode was re-aired when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and again this past weekend in the wake of Sandy. In retrospect, it might have been better to air this prior to Sandy (Roker's hurricane map looks suspiciously like Sandy's real path!), but this is at least a nice explanation of hurricanes for kids who are still experiencing the effects of the storm -- and might like to see that even Sesame Street gets bad weather sometimes. And for those of you with power and water, perhaps you can keep it handy for the next big storm. Watch the first part here:
You can watch the rest of the episode on Sesame Street's site. The site also includes a "Let's Get Ready" kit and tips for talking about storms with your kids.