According to the New York Times, it's too early for climate scientists to say with assurance that Hurricane Sandy was a manifestation of global warming. Whatever their ultimate verdict, the storm provided some alluring previews of what we can look forward to as climate change takes hold.
Case in point: massive gridlock in New York City as a result of Sandy's impact on subways and trains.
The New York Post headlined its story on the situation "Now Sandy is Driving Us Mad." Here's an excerpt:
An unprecedented crush of cars, trucks and pedestrians clogged the streets of Manhattan from river to river yesterday, bringing the city to a virtual halt — leading Mayor Bloomberg to impose emergency High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions to avoid similar chaos today.An endless line of cars poured into the city throughout the day — but many drivers ditched their vehicles when they landed in a gridlock nightmare, and concluded their commutes on foot.Bloomberg responded to the traffic hell by ordering carpooling on all major crossings except the George Washington Bridge.