Extreme Weather, Health, and Communities: Interdisciplinary by Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, William A. Sprigg

By Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, William A. Sprigg

This quantity offers a special interdisciplinary process, drawing on services in either the traditional and social sciences. a main target is to provide a systematic and socially built-in point of view on place-based group engagement, severe climate, and overall healthiness. every year severe climate is resulting in typical mess ups world wide and exerting large social and overall healthiness charges. The overseas financial Fund (2012) estimates that on the grounds that 2010, seven hundred around the world average failures have affected greater than 450 million humans worldwide. the easiest coping technique for severe climate and environmental swap is a robust offense. groups armed with a spatial figuring out in their assets, hazards, strengths, weaknesses, group features, and social networks could have the easiest probability of lowering losses and reaching a greater consequence whilst severe climate and catastrophe strikes.

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The strongest storms benefit from high altitude jet stream winds to the east of the coldest air that help evacuate rising air within these systems. Thus when the jet stream is in a particularly wavy phase with a dipping wave (trough) over eastern North America and a rising wave (ridge) over the western Atlantic, cold air invading from the north and warmer air off shore clash along the eastern limb of the trough and a major storm may develop and track up the East Coast. Nor’easters receive their name due to the counterclockwise motion of the low-pressure system wind field, which brings winds toward the coast from the northeast.

Ludlum 1983; Savadove and Buchholz 1993; Schwartz 2007, Blake et al. 2013). Seemingly the strongest of the pre 19th century Mid-Atlantic hurricanes occurred in 1635, 1667, 1724, 1778 and 1783. Narratives often focus on lives lost at sea, but also mention the pummeling of coastlines, river flooding, deep snowfalls and destruction within communities. The most severe hurricane to strike the Mid-Atlantic in the 19th century occurred on September 3, 1821. It is arguably the only hurricane on record to make landfall in New Jersey, coming ashore in Cape May and tracking through the state along a path similar to that of the current Garden State Parkway.

An overview of some of the more notable storms helps to place Sandy in historic context and in some respects explains the whys and wherefores of community and personal action (or inaction) before, during and after the storm. This discussion will touch on tropical storms, hurricanes and nor’easters. 1 Tropical Storms and Hurricanes A tropical storm or hurricane is defined to originate over warm (generally 80 °F or warmer) water in an environment favorable for the percolation of moist, energy-laden air well up into the troposphere (roughly the lowest 45,000 feet of the atmosphere in the tropics and subtropics).

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