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The Changing Climate and Stronger Storms

Posted 11 years ago

Stronger StormsMonths after the monster storm that engulfed a great part of the United States have passed, a lot of residents are still recovering from the damage. Some residents in New York in particular are still dealing with the damage caused by the climate monster.

The damage caused by the storm is a reminder of how climate change can have a serious impact on our lives. We need to pay attention to it because failure to do so can be costly.

According to an article by Marlene Cimons for LiveScience, most of the damage and fatalities from hurricanes come from high-intensity storms, those labeled category 3, 4 or 5. Historically, those storms have represented a small fraction of the hurricane total. That balance, however, apparently is shifting in ominous ways. We may have fewer storms, but more of them could be catastrophic. Sandy, clearly, was one of those extreme storms.

Perhaps mindful of this, and of the grim lessons learned from Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on April 4 that it would keep hurricane and tropical-storm watches and warnings in effect — even after such a storm loses its tropical characteristics — if it poses a significant danger to life and property. In addition, NOAA said that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) would continue to issue advisories during the post-tropical phase of such storms to ensure effective communication of ongoing threats. Forecasters had predicted Sandy would become a post-tropical cyclone prior to reaching the coast, possibly prompting residents to underestimate its destructive nature.

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