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Nothing New to Sandy

Westchester County, as well as the Northeast, is suffering from the hangover of Hurricane Sandy.

We hope that those whom are without power (and there are many!) will soon have the power turned back on.  In the meantime, this is when friends, and neighbors come together.  Volunteers, and civil servants are doing all they can to help speed along the recovery process.  The reality is that in some cases it may be weeks before power comes back to some homes.  Hopefully patience will be in abundance.

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An obvious statement: natural disasters are just that...natural. 

There is nothing new about devastating hurricanes.  They happen all the time. 

Did you know about the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938?:

The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people, damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($4.7 Billion in 2012). Even as late as 1951,damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas.

Or have you heard of the "Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635"?:

It would likely have been a Category 4 or 5 hurricane further south in the Atlantic, and it was at least a strong Category 3 hurricane at landfall with 125 mph (201 km/h) sustained winds and a central pressure of 938 mbar (27.7 inHg) at the Long Island landfall and 939 mbar (27.7 inHg) at the mainland landfall. This would be the most intense known hurricane landfall north of North Carolina. Jarvinen noted that the GCH may have caused the highest storm surge along the east coast of the U.S. in recorded history: 20 feet (6.1 m) near the head of Narragansett Bay. He concluded that "this was probably the most intense hurricane in New England history."

An erosional scarp in the western Gulf of Maine may be a trace of the Great Colonial Hurricane.

In between there were two notables: Hurricane of 1821 and the Hurricane of 1893.

All told there have been at least 84 tropical storms/hurricanes to hit the New York area since the 17th century.  Who knows how many came to this area before we began to track hurricanes?

My point is that this is nothing new.  But in our limited perspective it is easy to forget that even though we live in a great technological age, Mother Nature has no boundaries, and eventually will come for us.  This is the price we pay for living by the sea.  The abundance of opportunity of living in this area of the country certainly outweighs the risks.  Yet, here today, we are living the risk of being so close to stormy, and deadly weather patterns.

Do not be fooled by those, especially in the media, that try to exploit these natural occurences and use them as an excuse to promote their own political agenda.

Al Gore is doing everything he can to convince the simple minded: 

Former vice president-turned-climate-change-activist Al Gore warned Tuesday that the storm that ravaged the East Coast Monday is “a disturbing sign of things to come.”

“We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather,” Gore said in a statement posted on his blog Tuesday  afternoon.

It is sick to try to take advantage of a such a tragedy to promote an issue which has benefited the former Vice President to great wealth.

The meterologist Joe Bastardi blasts Al Gore saying:

Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics calls Gore’s claims “stunningly ignorant or stunningly deceptive.” According to Bastardi, such storms are nothing new, “In the 1950s […] 10 major hurricanes ran the eastern seaboard. Six hit the Carolinas northward in two years.”

Professor Roger Pielke from the University of Colorado wrote in the Wall Street Journal yesterday:

...to call Sandy a harbinger of a "new normal," in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong. This historic storm should remind us that planet Earth is a dangerous place, where extreme events are commonplace and disasters are to be expected. In the proper context, Sandy is less an example of how bad things can get than a reminder that they could be much worse...

...Public discussion of disasters risks being taken over by the climate lobby and its allies, who exploit every extreme event to argue for action on energy policy. In New York this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared: "I think at this point it is undeniable but that we have a higher frequency of these extreme weather situations and we're going to have to deal with it." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke similarly...

...Humans do affect the climate system, and it is indeed important to take action on energy policy—but to connect energy policy and disasters makes little scientific or policy sense. There are no signs that human-caused climate change has increased the toll of recent disasters, as even the most recent extreme-event report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds. And even under the assumptions of the IPCC, changes to energy policies wouldn't have a discernible impact on future disasters for the better part of a century or more.

So as New York, and the Northeast starts to recover and rise from this tempest tossed wreck, let us remember that this is part of life.  There are certain things that are simply out of our own control.  The reality is that we live in a dangerous world, and we must be thankful for the good times, and for the friends we have.  This is when we must lean on each other.  Not use fear as a tactic to score cheap points, but to use hope and love as the tools of rebuilding from this awful storm.

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commented 2013-12-25 14:48:34 -0500 · Flag
Thank you