Reading the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
October 20, 2016
Hurricane Matthew may not have been the strongest storm to ever hit the Atlantic, but it ranks among the most destructive. Recent estimates from major banks total almost $10 billion dollars in damage and lost revenue from Miami to Virginia.
While the debate rages on about the cause of sea level rise and if human activity is speeding up the process, the phenomena itself is not a new coastal hazard. Scientists have plenty of evidence that ocean levels rise and fall several times over thousands of years. Scientists have pretty strong evidence the seas are rising again. What makes sea level change so significant now is that there are many more of us living near the coast. And, as the report by the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission's Science Panel says, “over time it exacerbates existing coastal hazards.”
What is Storm Surge?
A combination of wind driven water and pressure driven water piles up water ahead of the eye of the storm.
One of the reasons I decided to become a reporter was because I liked to ask questions. Not the confrontational, prosecutor style, “Are you guilty of…?” type of questions. Believe me, I’ve asked those types of questions when needed. But I prefer the, “So how does this work?” or “What does this do?” type of question. I’ve always been a curious person.
UNC-TV Science Week in Review: June 13, 2013
The Scientific Lens