When Bill Adair e-mailed us this piece, he wrote, “It’s an instant narrative. Just add water.” The action, tension, suspense—they’re ready-made.

We notice the effective use of team reporting, which enables the reader to be in many places at once. We appreciate the personalization of the weather authorities—the way that narrative can make these characters, usually “talking heads,” into real humans.

Read “Countdown to landfall,” by Bill Adair, Jamie Thompson, Michael Sandler and Joni James

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