Sandy's `freaky' path may be less likely in future

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 3, 2013 6:31 AM
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(Washington) -- A new study says man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey.

But don't celebrate a rare beneficial climate change prediction just yet. The study's authors said the once-in-700-years path was only one factor in the massive $50 billion killer storm.

Researchers say other variables such as sea level rise and stronger storms will worsen with global warming and outweigh changes in steering currents predicted by computer models.

The study will be published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More than one million people in Pennsylvania lost power at one point during last year's storm, and Superstorm Sandy was linked to 12 deaths in the Commonwealth.

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