Stanger than fiction. Last Monday night, October 22nd, Tropical storm "Sandy" -- now Hurricane Sandy -- was just slowly forming about six hundred miles south of Jamaica in the Caribbean, not raising any particular concern at the time.
Twelve hours EARLIER, I sent my book "High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis" to Amazon to be listed for sale the next day. There is no way that I had any idea what would happen over the next week.
As the whole world now knows, Sandy is likely to be one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the US. It is a combination of storm surge, an unusual path from east to west, unfortunate extreme tides with the full moon, and the slowly rising sea leel of the last half century. The forecast is that the storm surge in the greater New York area could hit as high as twelve feet - a deadly situation.
It is all described on page 121 of my book. I am as stunned as anyone. Actually I describe the scenario of a category 4 hurricane that comes from the same direction as Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane. Here are three of the relevant paragraphs:
The devastating damage of "Sandy" shows the stark reality of our vulnerability to rising seas, usual tides, storm surge and erosion.
Perhaps my explanations will help people understand what else lies ahead. The fact is that my description of the scenario on pages 120 - 122 was a hypothetical case of "what if". The core of my book, the inevitable course of sea level rise is a near certainty. Please share. We all have a lot to learn.