Frankenstorm doing the monster mash

As noted in the Zeke Blogosphere more than once, Mother Nature at times is hardly as sweet as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma.
Just in time for Halloween, Mother Nature has served up Frankenstorm, which is growing more ominous by the hour for the East Coast.
God, even Vincent Price or Alfred Hitchcock never concocted all this screaming horror.
This hybrid weather monster, with Hurricane Sandy in tow, already has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and is barreling towards the U.S.
Suddenly we’re all sitting ducks quacking about the weather instead of Barack Obama.
Frankenstorm could bring a natural horror show of high winds, heavy rains, extreme tides, and even snow peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.
Just a hunch, but I imagine everybody will be stocking up on flashlight batteries, generators, toilet paper and gallons of Jack Daniels.
With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over the nation’s most heavily populated corridor, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.
I wonder how much Haiti will kick in to help cover that nut.
The stage is set with Hurricane Sandy gushing toward a wintry storm chugging across the country from the west and frigid air streaming south from Canada.
So why can’t Hurricane Schwartz do something to stop Hurricane Sandy? Can’t the Channel 10 weatherman at least talk to Sandy hurricane to hurricane?
So is climate change the culprit in this Halloween horror show?
You can’t blame any particular hurricane on global warming. They’re born, as they always have been, when a tropical wave launches off the African coast and heads out into the open ocean.
Now time for the proverbial but.
But when that ocean is hot — and at the moment sea surface temperatures in the Northeast are five degrees higher than normal — a storm like Sandy can lurch north longer and stronger, drawing huge quantities of moisture into its clouds and then dumping them ashore.
Some scientists have suggested the patterns could be linked to this year’s record Arctic sea ice loss, which exposes more open water to absorb the sun’s energy.
Perhaps the featured Halloween costume this year should be dressing up like a scuba diver.

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