Scientific American: "Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?"
Just read What's Happenin Climate Change Week post and joanneleon's fascinating details of making her way through the storm ravaged areas to pick her son up from college.
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“Happy, warm and comfortable”
Since: Oct 10
Mountain retreat, SE Spain
#1 Oct 31, 2012
Climate change is responsible for everything that goes wrong on the planet, everyone knows that, but only fools believe it.
#2 Oct 31, 2012
One might think AGW climate was to fault, when the parents of "steenking piddling diddling middling mudling mudslinger dirtling" got overheated & conceived him.
However, studies show that dirtling is 'eart hling (alien has no affinity to Earth)' & they do NOT conceive as human beings do.
#3 Oct 31, 2012
Well because you don't know and you are a fool you should believe it. You misse your care givers appointment today didn't you.
#4 Oct 31, 2012
Oh YAAA. Good one.
Since: Apr 08
"the green troll"
#5 Nov 1, 2012
Scientific American is really asking if global warming caused Sandy to be so extreme- go on, follow the link.
The evidence for that is pretty good:
Warming-driven sea level rise makes storm surges more destructive. In fact, a recent study found “The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average.”
“Owing to higher SSTs [sea surface temperatures] from human activities, the increased water vapor in the atmosphere leads to 5 to 10% more rainfall and increases the risk of flooding,” as Kevin Trenberth explained to me in a 2011 email about Hurricane Irene. He elaborates on that point for Sandy here and for all superstorms in this article.
“However, because water vapor and higher ocean temperatures help fuel the storm, it is likely to be more intense and bigger as well,” Trenberth added (see another of his articles here). Relatedly, warming also extends the range of warm SSTs, which can help sustain the strength of a hurricane as it steers on a northerly track into cooler water (much as apparently happened for Irene). September had the second highest global ocean temperatures on record and the Eastern seaboard was 5°F warmer than average (with global warming responsible for about 1°F of that).
The unusual path of the storm — into the heavily populated east coast rather than out to see — was caused by a very strong blocking high pressure system that recent studies have linked to warming. Meteorologist and former Hurricane Hunter Jeff Masters has an excellent analysis of this,“Why did Hurricane Sandy take such an unusual track into New Jersey?“
#6 Nov 1, 2012
Besides the cut and paste thing you do can you show us your work?
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