Major storms doing unprecedented damage now all have the “super” label preceding them.
There was Superstorm Sandy, hitting the East Coast of the United States about a year ago. Before that there was Hurricane Katrina, devastating the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Now there is Super-Typhoon Haiyan wrecking the Philippines, possibly claiming as many as 10,000 people. It is being called the fiercest story in recorded history, packing winds of 195 mph and gusts clocked at 235 mph.
The growing intensity of the storms can be attributed to global warming. The continued melting of the Arctic ice puts more water in the oceans and more water vapor in the atmosphere.
That can lead to more explosive storms as they develop in the seas on our warmer planet and push toward land. Global warming fueled by humans burning fossil fuels has to be arrested to prevent more deaths and property damage.