New York Senator Chuck Schumer went so far as to write a letter to NOAA asking the agency not to change Sandy back to a hurricane.
Short-staffed as it was, NOAA's surge forecasts were remarkably accurate.
Among the conclusions: the NOAA needs more than one storm-surge modeler and a better social media strategy.
Also new this year, in the wake of Sandy, NOAA will receive real time Doppler radar data from its “Hurricane Hunter” planes.
NOAA also wants to make better use of social media, which, the report notes again, will require being more clear and conciser.