Storm Raises Issue of Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy comes during a presidential election in which climate change disappeared from the dialogue.

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Storm Raises 
Suppressed Issue of Climate Change

It was not a good year for people, 
weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and 
the summer ridiculously hot,” Adam Frank wrote 
Sunday for NPR.

“As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or 
even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, ‘Is this 
climate change?’ Then along came a presidential election in which the 
words ‘climate change’ disappeared from the dialogue.

“Now, just a week or so before voting day, the convergence of 
westbound Hurricane Sandy with a eastbound cold front is creating a 
massive storm, a Frankenstorm even, that is threatening millions of 
Americans. Weird weather is making yet another appearance in our lives 
and once again we ask, ‘Is this climate change?’

“. . . One thing that does seem clear is that warmer oceans (a la 
global warming) mean more evaporation, and that likely leads to storms 
with more and more dangerous rainfall of the kind we saw with 
Hurricane Irene last year. In addition, a paper published just last 
month, used records of storm surges going back to 1923 as a measure of 
hurricane activity. A strong correlation between warm years and strong 
hurricanes was seen. Thus if you warm the planet, you can expect more 
dangerous storms. . . .”

Storm Cuts Power in Two Newsrooms

3 Feet of Water 
in Lobby of N.Y. Daily News Building

Hurricane Sandy battered the mid-Atlantic region on 
Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing 
once-in-a-generation  flooding in coastal communities, knocking down 
trees and power lines, leaving about two million people — including a 
large  swath of Manhattan — in the rain-soaked dark,” 
James Barron wrote for the New York Times.

“At least seven deaths in the New York region were tied to the storm.”