AS a resident who continues to be deeply concerned about global warming/climate change, your readers may be interested in an analysis of Hurricane Sandy in the USA and Canada.
These are the final paragraphs of a report by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul McGeough (SMH, October 31): “That ridge of high pressure down from Canada and Greenland, a blocking high as it is called in the trade, has an intensity that intrigues meteorologists because, they suspect, it is caused by the reduced sea ice in the Arctic - all part of climate change.”
As reported on Climate Central: “The 2012 sea ice melt season, which ended just a month ago, was extreme, with sea ice extent, volume and other measures all hitting extreme lows.”
And why does this make a difference? “The loss of sea ice opens large expanses of open water, which then absorbs more of the incoming solar radiation and adds heat and moisture to the atmosphere, thereby helping to alter weather patterns.”
I continue to take statements and predictions by climate scientists seriously - very seriously.