Our planet is warming, sea levels are rising. Those rising sea levels make storm surges worse during hurricanes like Harvey and Irma.
“Hurricanes thrive over warm water and strengthen in intensity; oceans have warmed on an average 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, and sea levels have risen about 7 inches during that time. Throw in compound flooding -- the combination of rising sea levels from [planetary environmental changes], storm surge and extreme rainfall -- and you have the perfect mix for record flooding.
We saw this in greater Houston from Harvey and along the 240-mile stretch of the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina as a result of Irma's storm surge and heavy rains.” CNN
Harvey and Irma were significant storms. Both were strong, brining large storm surges and high amounts of rain. Environmental changes on the planet did not cause the storms, but those changes made the storms stronger.
“Harvey dumped a record 51 inches of rainfall as it sat over Texas and Louisiana, saturating the region with 27 trillion gallons of water in six days. Irma was the strongest Atlantic-basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, spending three days as a Category 5 hurricane, the longest Category 5 on record. Irma maintained winds of 185 mph or above for a total of 37 hours, the most ever for a storm.” CNN
The fact is the planet is changing, it is warming causing changes in weather patternes making hurricanes stronger, storm surges bigger and the human suffering more significant. Human induced evniromental change is impacting our planet. It is time to take notice.