Poll: Was Hurricane Sandy Caused by Global Warming?

US News and World Report is running a poll on whether or not Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming.  Here is the poll results currently:

Since it is open to everyone, no matter what side of this opinion you come down on, see their web site to add your vote if you wish.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2012/10/30/was-hurricane-sandy-caused-by-global-warming

UPDATE: From reader input it seems this poll is apparently of even poorer quality than one would expect,  and allows multiple voting. NO to vote stuffing. Be honest, 1 vote per person please…though, they may allow you to think it was counted. Sigh, what a poor design for a national magazine. In any event none of that vote stuffing please. OTOH this lack of basic input control negates any value the poll may have. – Anthony

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Gene Selkov

Where is the “don’t know” case?

Caused by natural global cooling (there is no more global warming)

Donny

what happened to weather isn’t climate?

Gene, gone with wind.

son of mulder
L C Burgundy

So global warming causes phasing of the polar jet and a deep trough with tropical systems now? Wow, that almost makes sense.

Monty

Henry P. The world is still warming. I shouldn’t believe everything you read in the British Daily Mail!
Donny: don’t you understand attribution?

Swinging rapidly towards the sceptical view…

Dr T G Watkins

Result narrowing rapidly as your regulars check in.

polkyb

Out of interest, when was the last time something like this hit so far north?

Doug Huffman

Does not return an error on a second ‘vote’.
REPLY: NO to vote stuffing. Be honest, 1 vote per person please…they may allow you to think it was counted. Sigh whata poor design for a national magazine. In any event none of that stuff please – Anthony

Bill Marsh

So that’s how we do it now? We vote? Well, certainly saves a lot of money for research.

Vincent

‘No’ is up to 41% now (2000 UTC). Cool heads will prevail,eventually

Urederra

It is just a way of getting internet traffic and increasing Alexa and google rankings,

Third and fourth responses seem to be accepted, too! And the %age rates change!

Kelvin Vaughan

HenryP says:
October 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Caused by natural global cooling (there is no more global warming)
And the warm Atlantic which hasn’t cooled yet!

Andrew30

Hurricane Hazel was larger, stronger, longer lasting, more destructive, killed more people, followed more or less the same path (to this point in time), happed at the same time of year, also confronted a large cold front near the Canada US border and happened in 1954.
It was almost 60 years ago that the same thing happened.
Almost exactly the same storm pattern, 60 years ago.
So, no Sandy was not caused by ‘Global Warming’

G P Hanner

It looks like “Sandy” is behaving like a cut-off low. Is that correct?

I apologise for the vote stuffing, but I could not resist the temptation.
I shall serve my penitence.

RHS

The No vote is now up to 47%…

ConTrari

@ Gene Selkov:
“Where is the “don’t know” case?”
Tsk, tsk, no such thing allowed in climate issues…

http://i3.tinypic.com/25s0jds.jpg
No, it was Dick Cheney’s October surprise…
Smoke turned us onto that…

ConTrari

@ Bill Marsh:
“So that’s how we do it now? We vote? Well, certainly saves a lot of money for research.”
Not really, it saves work for the scientists, the money flows in anyway.

Kelvin Vaughan

Monty says:
October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Henry P. The world is still warming. I shouldn’t believe everything you read in the British Daily Mail!
You have read Henrys theories yet have you?

Ilma630

Since when has the climate, or even the weather seen a survey and thought “yes, I must obey”?
This is one of the stupidest surveys you could possibly have.

Brandan

Global warming caused this hurricane just as much as global warming causes volcanoes and earthquakes and tsunamis.

pat

“TO flock” not “flock” – see the empty beds!
“the county served about 96 residents – including 20 pets”!
Evacuees from Atlantic, Ocean counties to flock to Burlco shelter
http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20121030/NEWS01/121030015/Evacuees-from-Atlantic-Ocean-counties-flock-Burlco-shelter?odyssey=mod|breaking|img|FRONTPAGE

Was the Great Northsea flood of 1953 caused by Global Warming too, I wonder?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1953

Were the events of 1869,1883,1888,1901,1914,1927 and 1953 also caused by natural warming and cooling?
Do we need more atmospheric CO2 to radiatively bypass and thus weaken convection to reduce these NATURAL disasters?
Examples.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/57338266?zoomLevel=3
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18742604?zoomLevel=5
Begin reading at “Just recently”.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/46867480/4048158

Kelvin Vaughan

Gene Selkov says:
October 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Where is the “don’t know” case?
Don’t know!

It seems the poll results changed after reporting on it here. Obviously it is a crazy choice as if science is influenced by opinion.

A lot of the comments below the US News and World Report article are both puerile and telling in their content.

The comments section for the USNews article is a pretty dismal array of conjecture and talking points posing as facts. The world hasn’t warmed in 15 years and global hurricane energy is not increasing according to easily obtained original source data.
A woefull condemnation of the education system.

http://presscore.ca/2011/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SBX-Steering-Hurricane-Sandy.jpg
He’s getting good with that thing. They call him pilot whale or big whale or something like that.

Frank K.

jeremyp99 says:
October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Swinging rapidly towards the sceptical view…
Yes! I added my voice. Don’t you love these internet polls?? 🙂

Martin C

51.46 ‘Yes’ , 48.54 ‘NO’ at 1:37 pm Arizona time, which since we aren’t on daylight savings time, equates to PDT.
. .oh, and I thought the name of that rag . .er . .I mean ‘magazine was ” US BLUES and World DISTORT . . .. that sure fits better . . .

Malcolm Miller

Scientific decisions made by taking a vote are clearly democratic, and therfeore correct.

Justthinkin

Well,there go our intellectual betters confusing weather with climate again.It would be laughable if it wasn’t costing us taxpayers so much. What maroons.

Donny

actually, ya , I do understand it Monty, and if thats the way that it’s going to be then I can just easy argue the blizzard in Oklahoma in 2011 was a direct result of Global Cooling

NO . . . has just taken the lead!

Physics Major

It’s about 51 to 49 now. Looks like a presidential poll.

We are winning now. On the poll that is. Not on the science. But then again….the poll was not very scientific….

george e smith

Ask me in 30 years; then I will know for sure. Right now it is just a freak weather event. I’ve seen Tornadoes; also freak weather events.

Rob Potter

The comments are too embarrassing to respond to;
“The increasing trend in powerful storms”
“The increasing temperature of the oceans”
“The rapid warming of the atmosphere”
I just want to ask these people have they ever looked at the science that they claim to be espousing? They are full of “denier-this” and “denier-that”, but they have not even bothered to find out that their statements about the data are simply wrong! I despair.

kevin king

quite frightening but not surprising that 50% of the population is as dumb as S***.

Merovign

A poll. That’s kind of taking “consensus science” to a ridiculous extreme, isn’t it?
Online poll suggestion: Do dinosaurs still roam the Earth? Yes / No / Don’t Know

Now Gore have a reason for living once again.

stephen richards

Kevin K
That’s the frightening bit of info. 50% of people are fundamentally stupid. Mind you, in the UK I think it’s closer to 97%.

Philip Peake

Merovign: Modified your poll question slightly
Do dinosaurs still roam the Earth? Yes / No / Don’t Know / Only in the halls of Congress

Al B. Quirky

Nah, it was a butterfly in Brazil flapping its wings.