Environmentalists are already claiming that Sandy’s unusual size and strength is evidence of the sort of freak weather that will come with climate change.Climate scientist Kerry Emanuel of MIT told slate.com he is more cautious. "Sandy is an example of what we call a hybrid storm. Hurricanes and winter storms are powered by completely different energy sources. The hurricane is powered by the evaporation of sea water. Winter storms are powered by horizontal temperature contrasts in the atmosphere. So hybrid storms are able to tap into both energy sources. That’s why they can be so powerful."
He said hybrid storms were a bit of a mystery. "We have fantastic climatology of hurricanes, but we don’t have a good climatology of hybrid events." The intensity of the rainfall and some other factors that could have fed into Sandy’s strength would be affected by climate change.
Advertisers ready for audience surge
new york: As Sandy raged through one of the country’s most densely populated regions, it created a surge in online traffic Monday as people sought weather-related news and various forms of online entertainment.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the brisk online traffic was The Weather Channel, which began streaming its television feed live on YouTube and on its own website late Sunday night.
On Monday, the channel expected to serve up its highest number of page views in a single day since a blizzard blanketed the northeastern US and Canada with snow on February 1, 2011.
With an increase in audience comes a surge in advertising revenue. ap
Sandy seen from space station
Cape Canaveral: The superstorm that’s ravaging the US east coast is enormous, even when seen from space. The commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams, said Tuesday that she and her crew were able to make out the big swirl at the centre of Sandy as it neared land Monday.
Her family lives in New England, and she’s keeping a special watch over what’s happening in the region. AP
Hafiz Saeed offers Americans aid
Islamabad: A Pakistani militant leader with a $10 million US bounty on his head has offered aid to Americans hit by superstorm Sandy.
Hafiz Saeed says his organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is prepared to send volunteers, medicine and food if allowed by the United States.
Saeed said in a written statement Tuesday that it is a religious duty under Islam to help Americans affected by the storm, even if the US has put a bounty on his head.
The US offered $10 million earlier this year for information leading to Saeed’s arrest or conviction. He founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group blamed for attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was banned by the Pakistani government. PTI‘Turn gurdwaras into shelter homes’
Freemont: As Superstorm Sandy hit the East American coast, bringing with it fears of devastation, the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) on Tuesday appealed to all the Sikh gurdwaras in the United States to lend hands to the affected persons.
They ordered that all gurdwaras in the areas under impact of the storm be converted into ‘shelter homes’ to make arrangements for providing food and water to those impacted by this devastation. ANI