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New York tornado Part Two? Extereme weather on the rise

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Neighbors clear fallen trees and debris off cars on 11th Street between 4th and 5th avenues Sept. 16 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

A tornado watch has been issued for New York City and the U.S. Northeast today. If one is to form, it will be the fourth tornado to hit New York City this summer. Two touched down Sept. 16 and one hit the Bronx in July.

It's been a year of extreme weather, from Snowmageddon in D.C. to triple-digit heat in Los Angeles and from hurricanes in the Gulf to floods in Wisconsin; and the extreme weather won't stop any time soon, scientists say.

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Building inspectors survey damage to homes that lost roofs during a fierce storm in Brooklyn on Sept. 17. (By Bebeto Matthews/AP)

David Easterling, chief of the Scientific Services Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climatic Data Center, said there will be more incidences of extreme weather because the planet is heating up.

What we consider heat waves will become more the norm, Easterling said, and along with heat waves, heavy rainfall and flooding will increase. Plus, while "hurricanes have always been a problem ... the ones that do occur will be more powerful."

The heavy rains and snows can also be attributed to the increase heat because the warmer the air is, the more moisture it holds. "Expect more snow," he said, but also expect that the length of the snow season will be reduced.

Former president Bill Clinton voiced his concern about climate change at the recent Clinton Global Initiative in New York. "There is every reason to believe the incidence of economically devastating natural disasters will accelerate around the world with the changing of the climate," he said.

Despite these signs of climate change, The Post's Juliet Eilperin reports that "weakened political support for curbing emissions means the United States is unlikely to impose national limits on greenhouse gases before 2013, at the earliest. Several leading GOP candidates this fall are questioning whether these emissions even cause warming, while some key Democratic Senate candidates are disavowing the cap-and-trade bill the House passed in 2009."

Just to put you in the stormy mood, here's a terrifying storm that hit Finland August 8, 2010:

And a tune to listen to:

By Melissa Bell  | September 28, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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Tornados in the middle of urban areas and thousands of trees uprooted in Brooklyn NY; Nashville has a 1000 year flood, Mexico, Pakistan, and several US states have record flooding and tornados, record heat wave in California and record drought and heat along the Eastern seaboard: Send the bill to Massey coal and the Billionaire Koch brothers; Charles and David. It’s a record of their making.

The Billionaires (David and Charles Koch) Bankrolling the Tea Party
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html?src=me&ref=general

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

The Brothers Koch and AB 32
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/opinion/21tue1.html

Boycott Koch brothers owned GEORGIA-PACIFIC paper products:

Brawny, Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Mardi Gras, Sparkle, Vanity Fair, and Dixie paper cups and plates.

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 28, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I think it is important for scientists to do a much better job creating a compelling narrative
that can be understood by non-technical people.

Yes, this is what "Inconvenient Truth" was supposed to have done, but because Al Gore is viewed by many as a political figure this might have done more harm than good.

Right now to be worried about climate change is a political shibboleth, as evidenced by the fact that the Republican party seems to universally reject it.

Somebody who is politically neutral needs to become the champion for this, and do an effective job before things go from bad to worse.

Where's Mr. Wizard when you need him?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 29, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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