Global luke-warming Blizzard Nemo follows Hurricane Sandy, and drought spreads from the plains to the American Southwest. The year 2012 was the warmest US year on record. The media remind us that extreme weather is a consequence of global warming and that we can expect more such events as the atmosphere warms. But as to storms, we note that the past 7 years overall has been one of the quietest hurricane periods in the past century. And we should remember storms like the Long Island Express of 1938, which killed 600, and the Midwest's Great Blizzard of 1978. Force 5 Hurricanes Andrew (1972) and Camille (1969), along with others, were much stronger than Sandy. All this was before atmospheri...

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