How's this for some election-year timing: The East Coast faces the real possibility of taking a battering next week from a “perfect storm” roaring in from the Atlantic — right at the tail end of a campaign in which President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their debate moderators have all drawn criticism for avoiding discussion of climate change.
The brewing, blustery mess could affect the same region that was already knocked around by this summer's derecho and soaked in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. And it could come just two months after Hurricane Isaac forced the GOP to cancel the first day of its convention in Tampa.
Today marks seven years since a major hurricane hit the US, the longest such period since at least the Civil War. Climate experts tell us that the hurricanes we aren’t having would be stronger if they were happening.
It has also been more than twenty years since a category five hurricane hit the US. This summer had the fewest tornadoes on record in the US. The dearth of hurricanes and tornadoes are a sure sign that man-made extreme weather is exploding, and is going to kill us all.