It didn’t take long for the ecotards to blame “man-made” climate change for Hurricane Sandy.
Tom Brokaw, NBC’s Chuck Todd, noted “climate scientist” Bette Midler, MSCNBC’s Chris Matthews (who calls global warming “deniers” pigs), NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Director Oliver Stone and lastly, but not least, the man himself – the Goracle – Al Gore.
Well here are some facts for the ecotards to chew on.
October hurricane strikes occurred almost three times as often during the 19th century as they do now. They used to happen about once every 1.7 years, and now they happen about once every five years. The peak decades for October hurricanes were the 1870s and the 1940s, which both had six.
And what does a real meteorologist have to say about this? Martin Hoerling of the NOAA:
Great events can have little causes. In this case, the immediate cause is most likely little more that the coincidental alignment of a tropical storm with an extratropical storm. Both frequent the west Atlantic in October…nothing unusual with that. On rare occasions their timing is such as to result in an interaction which can lead to an extreme event along the eastern seaboard. As to underlying causes, neither the frequency of tropical or extratropical cyclones over the North Atlantic are projected to appreciably change due to climate change, nor have there been indications of a change in their statistical behaviour over this region in recent decades (see IPCC 2012 SREX report). So, while it will rain like “black cats and Frankenweenies” over the mid-Atlantic, this is not some spell conjured upon us by great external forces….unless you believe in the monster flicks of Universal Studios fame!