In the last few weeks three exceptionally strong storm systems have trashed whole cities in the Philippines, Sardinia, and Illinois. The greatest loss of life by far was in the Philippines, as residents there had no basements or storm-secure buildings in which to escape the devastating tidal surge provoked by the strongest storm system ever recorded by satellite. These three storms are a tragic reminder of the unequal impacts of the warming oceans and increased atmospheric water vapor associated with industrially induced climate change. But in all three cases, pundits played it safe and resisted linking the storms with human influence, and natural scientists demonstrated their reluctance to blame any single storm on increasing human influence on the weather.
[Cross-posted on Eerdword]