Superstorm steering winds look less likely in future


“A lot of speculation after Sandy was that its steering winds were some sort of ‘new normal’ caused by a warming climate,” says climate scientist Elizabeth Barnes of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., lead author of the new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research seeks to answer part of that question by looking into whether Sandy-like steering winds look more or less likely by 2100. “We wanted to test that idea, and what we have found is that the steering winds actually look less frequent in the next century,” Barnes says.