Climate 365 is a yearlong effort in 2013 to highlight NASA's ongoing monitoring of Earth's climate.
Was Superstorm Sandy an expression of a “new normal” for our weather? Was it a storm pumped up by global warming?
It’s hard not to ask the questions, climate scientists say, but it’s hard to say for sure.
Historically, research on tornadoes, hurricanes, and other types of storms has focused on short-term forecasting, not on how storms are changing over time. But the study of storminess and climate has begun to mature, says Tony Del Genio of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and a consensus is emerging: For several types of storms, global warming may prime the atmosphere to produce fewer but stronger storms.