Snow Falling On The Northeastern U.S.

There’s really no better time for a huge spate of bad weather to strike your home region than just after you leave for vacation. But the power outages and general disruption in afflicted areas of the northeastern are, once again, a reminder of the destructive potential of climate change.

The crux of the matter is that a snowstorm is not, per se, such a calamity. Lots of people live in very snowy places and lots of human infrastructure exists in them. But those places are particular places. Lots of other human infrastructure is built around the assumption that it won’t snow in great quantities or at certain times. Shifts in the expected patterns of weather, even when the shifts don’t lead to anything crazier than unseasonable weather, can still be extremely disruptive and devalue huge investments.