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Superstorm Sandy and Global Warming

By: WTAP News
By: WTAP News
As the cleanup for Superstorm Sandy continues, the controversy builds over the impact of global warming.

Charlie DiBuono cleans mud and debris from his flooded garage in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

As the cleanup for Superstorm Sandy continues, the controversy builds over the impact of global warming.

One local environmental professor says Sandy is the result of the longterm effects of global warming.

Dr. Eric Fitch from Marietta College explains how the warming of the ocean, combining with two cold fronts created the superstorm.

He says just because it's called global warming, doesn't mean it's going to actually get warm in temperature.

"In fact,you're going to have greater intensities of storm effects on both ends, warm and cold because of the changes in the dynamics of the planet. What happened here is that we had a near worst case scenario but not an unpredicted one."

Dr Fitch adds that other environmental professors did research on what would happen to New York City during the perfect storm.

"What happens when you have sea level rise and coastal storms in New York City. Well you look at where the impacts are in New York City where the are a number of areas where there is over wash...spot on."

Dr. Fitch says it's very likely we'll see storms similar to Sandy and in greater numbers in the near future.


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