Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What was that?

So what about hurricane Sandy. What was it? A super storm? Three storms? Hundred year storm? Thousand year storm? There hasn't been a storm like this in forever. Not while humans were around to document it anyways. There are a lot of flaws in the system that's for sure. No way of plugging up all those hole going under ground. Of course there are the houses built in the wrong place, on a sand bar right on the coast. The talking heads call it extreme weather but that's what they called the hundred plus degree heat this summer. Then the last hurricane was suppose to be a fluke, a once in a hundred year storms. We're getting those event every year now. They don't say anything about global warming or climate change. The talking heads say you can't say this storm was because of global warming or climate change. This year was the hottest year since they started taking records. Last year was the hottest since they started keeping records. It's been getting worse every year for the last thirty years. For me here it seemed like there was only a few days that it wasn't over a hundred this summer. It was months at a time over a hundred. Last year it was weeks at a time over a hundred. Seems like I'm hearing, "That really was a fluke in the weather" more and more. The talking heads on TV call it extreme weather. Was extreme rain storm that was a thousand miles wide. That's got to be a fluke. "Had we listened to climate scientist....." They said it was going to be like this and it is too.

What can be done? Don't build there. You can't build houses on the shore and expect insurance to pay for a new house every other year. Maybe if insurance companies stop insuring houses and things on shores where you know storm surge is going to hit the beaches. Would be nice if the shore line would be shared with more people then cluttered up with boxes on the beach.

How many extreme weather event does it take to get your attention? Just in the USA, 14 extreme disasters last year and 7 this year so far. Knowing that green house gases cause the problems it would be a good idea to get rid of them as soon as possible. There are going to be areas that will be lost to the future and sea level rise. They will be a marker of a time gone by. It's going to cost too much to repair or replace things when the extreme weather events happen every year in the same spots. More people are finally getting the boot to the head to wake up and pay attention to whats going on in the world. Some people though have their head barred in the sand saying it's not really happening but that will change.

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