We said before hurricane Irene that Mayor Bloomberg had “been waiting to be a weather hero” in lieu of him botching up snow removal this past winter. Well, thanks to Irene being a total pussy, Bloomberg’s popularity is back to pre-blizzard levels. He’s currently enjoying a 54% approval rating.

Bloomberg’s hurricane performance was so impressive to NY’ers that he’s not catching any flack for his miserable handling of the departure of his alleged wife-beating Deputy Mayor for Operations, Stephen Goldsmith. Nothing says “successful mayor” like being wildly over prepared and inducing panic about a mild rainstorm. (Image via Curbed Your Enthusiasm)