From Alex Howard at Strata:
As citizens look for hurricane information online, government websites are under high demand. In late 2012, media, government, the private sector and citizens all now will play an important role in sharing information about what’s happening and providing help to one another.
In that context, it’s key to understand that it’s government weather data, gathered and shared from satellites high above the Earth, that’s being used by a huge number of infomediaries to forecast, predict and instruct people about what to expect and what to do.
Read more about how open government data drove some of the key resources for Hurricane Sandy, such as the Google Crisis map. We used the crisis map as an anchor for live coverage of the storm, for example (scroll down in the window).