Daily Archives: November 3, 2012

Why did Hurricane Sandy take such an unusual track into New Jersey? Jeff Masters

Why did Hurricane Sandy take such an unusual track into New Jersey?
Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:33 PM GMT on October 31, 2012 +64
We’re used to seeing hurricane-battered beaches and flooded cities in Florida, North Carolina, and the Gulf Coast. But to see these images from the Jersey Shore and New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is a shocking experience. New Jersey only rarely gets hit by hurricanes because it lies in a portion of the coast that doesn’t stick out much, and is too far north. How did this happen? How was a hurricane able to move from southeast to northwest at landfall, so far north, and so late in hurricane season? We expect hurricanes to move from east to west in the tropics, where the prevailing trade winds blow that direction. But the prevailing wind direction reverses at mid-latitudes, flowing predominately west-to-east, due to the spin of the Earth. Hurricanes that penetrate to about Florida’s latitude usually get caught up in these westerly winds, and are whisked northeastwards, out to sea. However, the jet stream, that powerful band of upper-atmosphere west-to-east flowing air, has many dips and bulges. These troughs of low pressure and ridges of high pressure allow winds at mid-latitudes to flow more to the north or to the south. Every so often, a trough in the jet stream bends back on itself when encountering a ridge of high pressure stuck in place ahead of it. These “negatively tilted” troughs have winds that flow from southeast to northwest. It is this sort of negatively tilted trough that sucked in Sandy and allowed the hurricane to take such an unusual path into New Jersey…..(more).

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Did Climate Change Have A Role in Hurricane Sandy’s Unusual Track Into New Jersey?


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Carbon King David Koch Thinks Climate Action Will ‘Damage The Economy’, But Sandy Underscores Inaction Is Much Costlier


Koch Industries billionaire David H. Koch is the wealthiest man in New York City, with a net worth of $31 billion. His fortune is built on polluting the climate system, from refining, pipeline, chemical, fertilizer, cattle, and forestry operations. The rising seas and superheated oceans made Hurricane Sandy into a monster that has caused upwards of $50 billion of damage to the greater New York area, by early estimates. Constructing a sea barrier to defend against future sea level rise will cost another $10 billion.

Not only has Koch Industries dumped billions of tons of carbon into the air, David Koch has spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting climate deniers and Tea Party ideologues who fight regulation of carbon pollution.

In 2010, Koch told New York Magazine that global warming should be welcomed, even as coastlines dwindle from the rising seas:

Koch says he’s not sure if global warming is caused by human activities, and at any rate, he sees the heating up of the planet as good news. Lengthened growing seasons in the northern hemisphere, he says, will make up for any trauma caused by the slow migration of people away from disappearing coastlines. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because a far greater land area will be available to produce food,” he says.


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Mitt Romney speaking about Mormon faith

Published on Oct 31, 2012 by thedbartnick

Mitt Romney speaking about Mormon theology. The REAL Mitt Romney!
(Interview done by Jan Mikelson WHO-Iowa)

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NYC Children Helping Others Cope with Crisis

Published on Nov 3, 2012 by VOAvideo

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling to regain a sense of normalcy after Hurricane Sandy struck on Monday night, causing mass power outages, flooding and the shutdown of mass transit services. And just as they have in past emergencies, more everyday New Yorkers are helping each other to cope with donations and moral support. VOA’s Adam Phillips reports on one community effort undertaken by the Big Apple’s youngest citizens.

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Counting the Cost – The vultures swooping on vulnerable nations

Published on Nov 3, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

Could vulture funds be turning their sights on troubled eurozone countries like Ireland and Greece? How widespread are these vulture funds and what sort of power do they wield? Tim Jones from the Jubilee Debt Campaign joins the show to answer these questions. Plus, in a weeks-long investigation, Al Jazeera secretly visited six factories in Pakistan and found that none had adequate safety measures in place. And, Gulf airlines have lots of money and are expanding fast. Would they be interested in investing in India’s struggling airlines?

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Virtual Archaeology – Scientific American

Uploaded by SciAmerican on Feb 22, 2011

Using quad bikes and computer gaming software, archaeologists are reconstructing the landscape around Stonehenge to learn more about this ancient monument. Read more about new discoveries at Stonehenge in this Scientific American feature: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=putting-stonehenge-in-its-place

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Introducing the Scientific American Tablet Edition for iPad

Published on Jul 17, 2012 by SciAmerican

Enjoy Scientific American on your iPad and get the complete monthly edition, plus new interactive features and video. You can subscribe to the iPad edition of Scientific American for $34.99, which is automatically renewed until canceled, or purchase individual issues of Scientific American at $5.99 per issue. Payment for all purchases will be charged to your iTunes account at the confirmation of your purchase.

Scientific American Digital and print subscribers who purchased their subscriptions at the publisher’s suggested retail price ($34.97 in the United States/$39 in Canada/$44 International) now have access to the Tablet Edition for iPad included with your subscription.

Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US and the home of the most exciting authors presenting the most dynamic ideas in science today. As the leading popular source and authority on science, technology, and innovation, Scientific American’s award-winning scientist-authored content engages, educates and inspires current and future generations of curious citizens and public and private sector leaders.

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Will We Ever Run Out of Oil?

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by SciAmerican

Fossil fuels such as oil come from, well, fossils—organisms that died long ago. This means there is a limited supply, and at some point we’ll be tapped out. Scientific American editor David Biello tell us when the well may run dry.

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Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives

Published on Jul 9, 2012 by greenman3610

Don’t miss the Companion video at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media

Dallas Hail Storm


Kevin Trenberth on PBS News hour

MIchael Oppenheimer on MSNBC

Rex Tillerson speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations

Peter Hoppe of Munich Re, Berlin 2011

CNN expert on Derecho event

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