October 31, 2012

Reflections on the Storm


Our household survived Hurricane Sandy with little damage. We stayed home today because many roads were flooded and the weather was still rainy, but we were among the fortunate folks who did not lose electrical power.

My daughter in New Jersey did lose power and even cell phone service. Many people fared worse.

Much of the ferocity of this storm was due to the coincidence of a the hurricane coming at the same time as a nor'easter. Was some of the damage due to climate change? Personally I believe it was. Water levels around New York are higher than they used to be due to polar warming, and warm water fuels hurricanes. For a long time I thought climate change would cause problems in the future, but weather now is definitely more extreme than it was during my first four decades. We need to be prepared for more weather disasters.

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