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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, November 15:
Almost three weeks after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coastline, New York, and other areas of the East Coast, thousands of homes and businesses remain without power. The latest estimates say Sandy caused between $30 to $50 billion in damage and lost productivity. (A bit of caution -- damage estimates right after a storm often are much higher than the actual damage figures). Sandy will be ranked only behind Hurricane Katrina in terms of damage.
Sandy has been described in many ways: a once-in-a-lifetime storm, a storm-of-the-century, superstorm or megastorm. But was it a weather event that none of us will ever see again in our lifetimes?
On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look at the meteorological factors that created Sandy and ask whether Sandy and other extreme weather events are evidence of a changing climate.
Among the guests appearing on the program will be Dr. Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Earth Science System Center at Penn State University. Dr. Mann was also lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change Chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Scientific Assessment Report. He also authored the book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars earlier this year.
ABC27 meteorologist Brett Thackara will also join us to discuss the conditions that created such a powerful storm.
Do you think climate change contributed to Sandy?
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