A report today confirms what I’ve been saying for some time. The earth is warming, the polar ice caps are melting, and the sea level is rising. I’ve often wished I had some beachfront property to sell to the global warming deniers. And those who already own beachfront property … I look forward to someday seeing them up to their knees in water, still trying to say the planet isn’t warming.
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has issued a new report saying many of the nation’s coastal cities are seeing an increase in “nuisance flooding,” flooding caused not by storms but by a rise in sea level. The report says that since 1957, nuisance flooding on all three American coasts has increased from 325% to 925% in some cities.
Dr. William Sweet, an oceanographer at NOAA and the report’s lead author, says in the press release announcing the report:
“Flooding now occurs with high tides in many locations due to climate-related sea level rise, land subsidence and the loss of natural barriers. The effects of rising sea levels along most of the continental U.S. coastline are only going to become more noticeable and much more severe in the coming decades, probably more so than any other climate-change related factor.”
(But of course this won’t happen to those who staunchly deny the science.)
The full report, “Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the U.S.,” is available as a .pdf file on NOAA’s website. Or you can just check The Weather Channel’s website for stats on the 10 cities with the greatest increases in nuisance flooding: 10. Norfolk, VA (a mere 325% increase); 9. San Francisco, CA; 8. Washington, DC; 7. Charleston, SC; 6. Port Isabel, TX; 5. Sandy Hook, NJ; 4. Philadelphia, PA; 3. Atlantic City, NJ; 2. Baltimore, MD; and 1. Annapolis, MD (the winner — or loser — with a 925% increase).
Anybody want to buy a beach?