Jan 26, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas, storm surge, and the science of coastal flooding

Delaware
New Jersey
Washington, DC
New York, NY
USA
by
Erika Spanger-Siegfried
,
Union of Concerned Scientists
Winter storm Jonas gathers itself on Thursday. Near-record sea surface temperatures in the mid-Atlantic – which scientists suggest are driven in part by global warming – are helping to fuel this storm. Phot: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Winter storm Jonas gathers itself on Thursday. Near-record sea surface temperatures in the mid-Atlantic – which scientists suggest are driven in part by global warming – are helping to fuel this storm. Phot: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

We should expect snow and snowstorms in a warming world, and sometimes in big ways because of increased extremes...

We have a long, concerted push ahead to make our coastal communities safer and more resilient to inevitable storms and flooding.