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Prominent Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy was an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather


Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare hybrid superstorm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a “Frankenstorm,” as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. “When you do heat the oceans up more, you extend the length of hurricane season,” Masters says. “There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a regular winter low-pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and a hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destructive effects.”

Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground.
Greg Jones, climate scientist and professor of environmental studies at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Transcript of the broadcast available on Democracy Now website here.