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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 03 2012

Weather Talk: Current weather patterns resemble those of ’50s, ’60s

Many people have expressed surprise at the horrific damage to the East Coast caused by Sandy. Most meteorologists are more surprised that such a storm has not already happened.

In this space and during many of my public talks, I have mentioned that our weather patterns in recent years have transitioned back to the pattern prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s.

The 1950s recorded several hurricane strikes in the Northeast, with many causing devastation on par with Sandy. With a much higher population base in combination with increased land use changes along the coast, the amount of damage was not unexpected.

Until humans realize that the boundary between land and ocean (or lake and rivers) is not static, we are going to continue to experience such destruction in the future. Whether we admit it or not, the forces of nature cannot be controlled.

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