Hurricane Sandy: a teachable moment for climate historians.
As this is published, so-called “Frankenstorm” hurricane Sandy is merging with a winter gale and bearing down on the American east coast. The deaths of sixty people in the Caribbean will likely represent this historic storm’s most direct and poignant toll. However, as panic spreads through the most densely populated region of the United States it is the hurricane’s potential to influence the American election and, possibly, the shape of the world in years to come that has most captured the world’s attention. Whether the worst fears of meteorologists come to pass or not, Sandy presents a unique “teachable moment” for historical climatologists, many of whom study the interactions between past weather and historical events. Continue Reading