As those of you who follow this blog know, we periodically touch on climate issues. Sea level rise is a particularly acute issue here at ground zero – southeast Florida. But as I have said for some time, this is not an immediate crisis, but a slow steady creep that gives us time to adapt to the changes related to sea level rise. I am optimistic that while we will spend a lot more money to engineer water management so we will need more engineers, there are solutions that will allow us to thrive here for a long time – probably a lot longer than we have been here, which is just over 100 years.
Our bigger, current challenge is the temporal but catastrophic impact of tropical storm activity that can create immediate consequences that last for years, much as Hurricane Andrew did in 1992 and Hurricane Wilma almost ten years ago. Of course there have been others, like Donna in 1960 which were worse. I mention this because the peak of hurricane season in Sept 10 – only two weeks away. We have been lucky for years now, and of course we are all hoping it remains that way.
But I found another interesting article this weekend hat talked about the states with the most weather losses since 2006 (and in a subsequent blog I will look back further for comparison). is New Jersey. OK, no huge surprise given the recent experience of Sandy. But who is number 2? Or for that matter 2-10? Would you believe that Florida is not on the list at all. Neither is California despite the fires. Or North Carolina another hurricane prone state.
No, according to the Tribune, the states (in order:after New Jersey) are: Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado and Arizona. The most common causes: thunderstorms, heavy rain, flash flood and tornados. And the impacts range from $24 billion in New Jersey to $3.5 billion in Arizona. An interesting factoid as we approach the peak of hurricane season. May Florida stay off the list.