New York tornado Part Two? Extereme weather on the rise
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.
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:
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