Hurricane Paul (Oct 13th–17th) made landfall in Mexico's Baja peninsula on October 17th, which resulted in flooding and power losses affecting nearly 16,000 people and damaged close to 1,000 homes.
Anais was deemed as the strongest hurricane (equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin) to occur so early in the season. (Oct 12th–19th)
A widespread dust storm (with 70 mph winds) blasted across Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas October 18th.
Floods in France. Heat records broken in Bulgaria. The list of devastation in October goes on & on & on.
“It is premature to claim it (Hurricane Sandy) has any global significance, such as a response to global warming. We would need to see more of these events occurring over many years, on a quasi-global basis.”
Dr. Roy Spencer
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