What’s To Blame for Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”)?

As Hurricane Sandy batters the East Coast, I have been wondering about whether climate change is to blame for the increased hurricane activity in recent years. This year, we have already had 19 named storms (“S” being the 19th letter in the alphabet), 10 of which have become hurricanes. Did you know that there have only been seven hurricane seasons with this much activity since 1851 when hurricane records began? But, four of those seven seasons have occurred in the last 10 years. In each 2010 and 2011, we had 19 named storms, as well; in 2005 (the year Hurricane Katrina hit), we had a record-breaking 28 named storms!

These figures would lead many to believe that rising global temperatures are to blame for increased hurricane activity. It’s an intuitive conclusion to make, right? Well, it turns out that conclusion may not be true…or at least we can’t yet…

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