Expect 4″ of rain in NYC at least one day a year

The National Climate Assessment came out last week, and used one striking number to distinguish climate changes in the Northeast and elsewhere in the U.S.: “between 1958 and 2010, the Northeast saw more than a 70% increase in the amount of precipitation falling in very heavy events (defined as the heaviest 1% of all daily . . . → Read More: Expect 4″ of rain in NYC at least one day a year

Billion-dollar weather disasters

NOAA ordinarily has a helpful table of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, which is unavailable at the moment due to the federal shutdown. I realized this when I wanted to consult it for reference today, but fortunately, I had downloaded the table in August.

Here’s the list of $10-billion disasters in the U.S., in case . . . → Read More: Billion-dollar weather disasters

The State of “Infrastructure” in 2013

Blackout from a decayed power grid

President Obama called for more infrastructure investment in this year’s State of the Union speech. Unfortunately, his administration’s policies continue to identify “infrastructure” with the 1/5th of it that is “transportation infrastructure”, neglecting needed investments in water and power.

The New York Times reports on three concrete programs . . . → Read More: The State of “Infrastructure” in 2013