Our hearts go out to the many who suffered through hurricane Sandy and the families of those who lost their lives. Hurricane Sandy was a record-shattering, catastrophic storm. The losses are estimated at more than $50 billion and the most recent report of casualties was 126.
Yet, as bad as the damages were, the severity was mitigated because meteorologists predicted the course and extent of the storm with remarkable accuracy and citizens heeded their warnings ("Forecasting presidents, storms and life," Tribune, Nov. 11). Days before the storm hit, preparations were under way, including closing down and sandbagging the New York City subway, boarding up buildings, canceling more than 12,000 airplane flights and evacuating more than half a million people.
The same professionals, the meteorologists who so skillfully helped people prepare for hurricane Sandy, are deeply concerned about climate change. In an August statement by the American Meteorological Society, they tell us: "Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal…. It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases."