Saturday, 3 November 2012

Frankenstorm And Climate Change in Scientific American

"Would this monster hybrid storm have emerged without the effects of global climate change? I don’t think we will ever be able to answer that question without some ambiguity. What I will say is that the climate system is now predisposed to favor the development of such unusual storms both this week and in the future. The coincidence of Sandy’s storm surge with the full moon and its associated astronomical high tides was simply bad luck, and unfortunately, it greatly amplified the damaging effects of this $20-billion storm."

1 comment:

howard thomas said...

No , you can't answer that question, but you do point out that when high tides and storms happen together the results are far worse than they might otherwise be. The same type of surge and high tides is what happened when severe flooding hit the east coast of England in the fifties. The severity of the result is often down to bad (or good) luck.