The New Normal (Part 26): Atlantic City, thousands flee while “Most of the city underwater”

Sandy makes landfall, and Atlantic City has borne the brunt.

The storm is not over yet, but the cost will no doubt be in the billions.

Below, US Route 30 into Atlantic City (source Reuters):

Quote: ‘The city’s basically flooded,’ said Willie  Glass, Atlantic City’s public safety director. ‘Most of the city is under  water.’

UPDATE: stunning image of New York subway station flooding from Instagram user ap973:

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22 thoughts on “The New Normal (Part 26): Atlantic City, thousands flee while “Most of the city underwater”

  1. [...] 2012/10/30: WtD: The New Normal (Part 26): [Atlantic] City, thousands flee while “Most of the … [...]

  2. Conrad says:

    [Note: pointers towards the cause of Sandy]

    Normally hurricanes that come north from Florida drift eastwards and head towards Ireland and dissipate.

    But this year, because of record ice-melting in the Arctic the ocean is warmer, creating a ridge of high pressure out to the east.

    So hurricane Sandy meets this and gets deflected west, over the U.S. Atlantic coastal regions.
    ===============
    http://hurricanesandyspeaks.com/
    In the last 50 years things have changed. The oceans are warmer. This week the waters off the US east coast were 3 degrees C warmer than normal.
    The air is warmer at 0.8C (1F) and there is 4 to 6 percent more moisture. This is a fundamental change. The amount of extra heat-energy is like exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day 365 days per year. This is one of the reasons why I am such a large and powerful storm.
    All this extra heat is result of human activity — burning fossil fuels and clearing forests. You call these changes human-induced climate change or global warming. I am, in part, a result of human-caused climate change. And so were my 19 brother and sister hurricanes and tropical storms this year.

    Hurricane Sandy says:
    I don’t want to hurt anyone or cause any damage. I am simply nature’s pressure-relief valve, a way of re-distributing heat energy across the planet. But I’m not entirely natural. For hundreds of thousands of years the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) averaged 270-280 parts per million (ppm) which trapped enough of the sun’s heat to keep the planet comfortably warm.
    Today the CO2 concentration is measured at 390 ppm. That’s nearly 40 per cent more CO2 in the air to capture more heat from the sun. About 90 percent of this extra heat has gone into the oceans.
    All this extra CO2 came from your burning coal, oil, and gas and cutting down most of the world’s forests (trees take CO2 from the air to grow). So it’s plain to see that I not entirely natural.
    I am truly a hybrid storm: part nature; part human.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/frankenstorm-why-climate-change-will-not-be-denied-in-this-election/2012/10/29/601e5ffc-2206-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_blog.html

    Climate Central a Web site devoted to the science and effects of climate change, observes this giant “Frankenstorm” hurricane named “Sandy” is blocked in to land and not being pushed out to sea because of “blocking patterns [which have appeared with greater frequency and intensity in recent years” due to changes in the jet stream. When I was a kid growing up in the New York City area, there were certainly tropical storms and hurricanes but they were mostly pushed out to sea.
    Now, some scientists have suggested, new patterns have emerged that could be linked to 2012’s record Arctic sea ice loss. This exposes more open water to the sun’s energy and this heat absorption is affecting the jet stream, making it “wavier.”

  3. john byatt says:

    Briffa 1998 shows that tree-ring width and density show close agreement with temperature back to 1880.

    but not for this region as stated, it has long been known that this was the case

    this paper confirms that the TRW was correct for this region

    thanks for bringing it up eric

    • Eric Worrall says:

      It would be interesting to see whether he used instrumental measurements to calibrate his TRW / MXD model, in which case agreement between TRW / MXD and the instruments used to calibrate the TRW / MXD models would not be that special.

      But at $25 per peek, I’m not that keen to find out.

      • john byatt says:

        Trust me eric I have just read the WUWT nonsense on this paper,

        the choir were as usual going ballistic, over what? nothing but a confirmation of the TRW data ,

  4. john byatt says:

    Abstract
    We describe the analysis of existing and new maximum-latewood-density (MXD) and tree-ring width (TRW) data from the Torneträsk region of northern Sweden and the construction of 1500 year chronologies. Some previous work found that MXD and TRW chronologies from Torneträsk were inconsistent over the most recent 200 years, even though they both reflect predominantly summer temperature influences on tree growth. We show that this was partly a result of systematic bias in MXD data measurements and partly a result of inhomogeneous sample selection from living trees (modern sample bias). We use refinements of the simple Regional Curve Standardisation (RCS) method of chronology construction to identify and mitigate these biases. The new MXD and TRW chronologies now present a largely consistent picture of long-timescale changes in past summer temperature in this region over their full length, indicating similar levels of summer warmth in the medieval period (MWP, c. CE 900–1100) and the latter half of the 20th century. Future work involving the updating of MXD chronologies using differently sourced measurements may require similar analysis and appropriate adjustment to that described here to make the data suitable for the production of un-biased RCS chronologies. The use of ‘growth-rate’ based multiple RCS curves is recommended to identify and mitigate the problem of ‘modern sample bias’

    .

    Summer temps in the Tornetrask region of northern Sweden

    bet this is the flavour of the day on the wacko denier blogs

    not global full year temperature data, do you have a clue about any of this?

    not even full NH yearly temperature

    ,

    • john byatt says:

      wonder if he will notice this bit

      We show that this was partly a result of systematic bias in MXD data measurements

  5. john byatt says:

    here is the deniers view of recovering sea ice extent

    http://skepticalscience.com/graphics.php?g=64

  6. zoot says:

    Poor Eric. Still having trouble with the concept “global”.

    • john byatt says:

      He put the same comment up a day or so ago on another thread
      he forgot meds this morning

      • Eric Worrall says:

        Its getting quite sad when you’re denying the word of one of your own climate heroes.

        Briffa’s new paper is a reanalysis of the work he did for Mann, and a correction of the mistakes which led to Mann’s hockey stick.

      • john byatt says:

        Eric post the bit that proves your point

      • Nick says:

        Briffa’s new paper does not challenge the idea that current warming is unprecedented in extent.

        ‘Briffa’s new paper is a reanalysis of the work he did for Mann’ Briffa did no work ‘for’ Mann,he did it for his own publication efforts. Mann,Bradley and Hughes 1998 used a lot of data—it was a multi site composite—,of which part was Briffa’s processing of other workers material.

        ‘A correction of the mistakes that led to Mann’s hockey stick’ Exclude Briffa’s work and MBH 98 and MBH99 still get hockey sticks:it’s the physical reality,so the proxy data somewhat conforms to it . ‘Somewhat’ because it’s proxy.

        If you look at Briffa and colleagues on the proxy view of the MWP the consistent GLOBAL interpretation is that the MWP was regional, not temporally coherent and comparable to the second half of the 20th C…we know it is warmer now BTW because of the glacier evidence you’ve already been directed to. IOW Briffa thinks warming now is GLOBAL,not regional,pretty much what his position has been for a while.

      • Nick says:

        Oh ,and once more for Eric: MBH 98 reconstructs from 1400— AFTER the MWP. It’s a 580 year recon.
        MBH99 reconstructs from 1000— the MWP had already started. Its a 980 year recon.

        This new paper,Melvin and Briffa 2012, reworks the Tornetrask data of the past 1500 years as analysed in Briffa et al 1992,with emphasis on the last 200 years,which is where they find their previous work found some inconsistencies.

        How this relates to the Hockey Stick–seen in many papers using many proxies that often span 1000-2000 years–and Mike Mann is Eric’s guess. While Briffa et al 1992 is a source in the MBHs, it’s a 1480 year construction from one site.

  7. Eric Worrall says:

    Oh look, the Medieval Warm Period is back.

    According to Professor Keith Briffa of the CRU, a new evaluation of the TRW tree ring data indicates that Summer temperatures between 900 – 1100AD were similar to summer temperatures in the late 20th century.

    Link to peer reviewed paper:-
    http://hol.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/10/26/0959683612460791.abstract

    If Briffa of the CRU is correct, around 1000 years ago natural variation produce a period of warming lasting 200 years, of a similar magnitude to today’s temperatures.

    So much for the lie that the current warming is unprecedented.

    Since there was no industrial base producing excess CO2 1000 years ago, and the ice core record records much lower CO2 levels then than now, I wonder what drove that 200 year temperature spike? Magic?

    • Nick says:

      The MWP never went away,Eric,except in the rhetorical world of neo-libertarian lobbyists seeking to sow confusion.

      You and your mates disappeared the MWP, so that you could continually claim that ‘Mike Mann did it’.

      How long are we going to wait for you guys to catch up?

  8. Eric Worrall says:

    Good news, Hurricane Sandy has run out of puff – it has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

    Obviously the storm surge and flooding is still a serious issue, but at least affected US cities won’t have to cope with hurricane strength winds.

    http://news.yahoo.com/sandy-downgraded-hurricane-tropical-storm-091948349.html

  9. Atlantic City. We all make spelling errors, so no big deal. Coverage is to run through the night.

  10. john byatt says:

    Have a friend who lost everything in Tracy, that terrible long night night still haunts his family.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Tracy

  11. Watching the Deniers says:

    I’m watching Tweets and images from New Yorkers posting to Instagram… it sounds horrific.

  12. john byatt says:

    Manhattan

    BREAKING: MTA Reports 4 Feet of Water In East River Subway

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