|Hurricane Sandy, image captured by NOAA's GOES-13 sattelite|
- Apparently all historic storms in records going back to 1851, located well offshore at this latitude have followed the jetstream and turned North and East whereas Sandy turned northwest to strike the mid-atlantic US.
- Sandy's relative strength, with it's central pressure forecast to be 945-950mb, it is close to the pressure 955mb record for a hurricane in this region
With the drought and flooding this year, with the extreme weather last year, I feel that we are entering the "new normal" and that this is how things will be from here on.
I am not saying that every year will be like this at the moment but that the frequency of these extereme weather events will increase as climate change bites and that their severity will be something which we and our children will have to adapt to, with their impacts on our food supply and our infrastructure.