Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Adam Sobel


A popular scientist takes us throughout the devastating and extraordinary occasions of typhoon Sandy, utilizing it to provide an explanation for our planet’s altering weather, and what we have to do to guard ourselves and our towns for the future.

Was storm Sandy a freak event—or a harbinger of items to come?  used to be weather swap responsible?  What connects the spiraling clouds our satellites observed from area, the brackish water that rose up over the city’s seawalls, and the sluggish simmer of greenhouse gases? Why were not we greater prepared?

In this attention-grabbing and available paintings of well known technology, atmospheric scientist and Columbia college professor Adam Sobel addresses those questions, combining clinical rationalization with first-hand event of the development itself.

He explains the outstanding atmospheric stipulations that gave delivery to Sandy and made up our minds its course. He offers us perception into the delicate technological know-how that ended in the forecasts of the typhoon ahead of it hit, in addition to an figuring out of why our meteorological vocabulary failed our leaders in caution us approximately this unheard of storm—part storm, half winter-type nor’easter, absolutely deserving of the identify “Superstorm.”

Storm Surge brings jointly the melting glaciers, the transferring jet streams, and the warming oceans to clarify how our altering weather will make manhattan and different towns extra susceptible than ever to very large storms—and how we have to imagine otherwise approximately those long term hazards if we are hoping to mitigate the wear. enticing, informative, and well timed, Sobel’s publication provokes us to reconsider the way forward for our weather and the way we will greater arrange for the storms to come.

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