We are still having a lot of dark and dreary weather, but at least we have power, light, and heat which is more than a lot of folks have. I think that many are now realizing how bad it can be after storms like Sandy hit populated areas. I can’t think of anything worse than being in a high-rise building with no power, no heat, no light, and no warm food. I shudder to think how it would be if a real bad one hits the east coast of the U.S. around or near New Jersey and New York. Don’t forget that Sandy wasn’t even a category one when it hit the shore. What if it had been a category 5?
It seems to me that these storms are creating more and more damage as the years flow by. This is due to a number of factors like greater density of buildings on the shore lines, rising sea levels, and other effects of global climate changes. To me it seems that the rational thing to do would be to stop construction along the shores … don’t allow rebuilding destroyed buildings. At least stop subsidizing such construction; and I would include all construction in flood plains along with subsidized flood insurance and relief efforts if people insist on living in such areas. It is long past being rational about stopping global climate change. It is too late. We need to now start putting all of our effort toward not making it worse and adapting to survive the coming changes.
But I realize that people are not rational when it comes to thinking about the future so I expect to see a lot of real dark and dreary days ahead, in more ways that just my views of the weather. The economic and social impacts of coming changes are going to get worse.