CentralMassDad and others have — predictably — taken me to task for linking Sandy and climate change, because you can’t link any particular storm or event to climate change. Well, it’s true as far as it goes. And yet …
Brian Norcross of the Weather Channel [ed: Weather Underground site] described the storm this way on his facebook page: “This is a beyond-strange situation. It’s unprecedented and bizarre. ”
… As Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, has written, all superstorms “are affected by climate change”:
The air is on average warmer and moister than it was prior to about 1970 and in turn has likely led to a 5–10 % effect on precipitation and storms that is greatly amplified in extremes. The warm moist air is readily advected onto land and caught up in weather systems as part of the hydrological cycle, where it contributes to more intense precipitation events that are widely observed to be occurring.