The National Weather Service currently has a staggering 548 vacancies, or 15 percent of its staff positions empty, leading many to wonder it the agency has enough employees to keep the country informed about extreme weather.
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Manmade climate change significantly worsened the chances a unique superstorm like Sandy would devastate New Jersey and New York. If humanity's unrestricted emissions of carbon pollution continue unabated, Sandy-type storm surges will become the norm on the East Coast.