November 4, 2012

It is unfortunate that, in the Oct. 30 article “System’s intensity not entirely Sandy’s fault, meteorologists claim,” The Post followed the lead of the presidential campaigns: It neglected the role of climate change. When ocean temperatures increase, as they have been over the past few decades, storm systems can hold more moisture, meaning they can have a more ferocious impact on coastal communities. The contribution this made to Hurricane Sandy’s intensity should not be forgotten.

The Post wrote that the colder waters of the North Atlantic ultimately would have helped dissipate Sandy. But if the warming-of-the-oceans trend continues, we will eventually no longer be able to count on that. Meteorologists and media outlets called Sandy’s makeup and trajectory unprecedented; if the world doesn’t act on climate change soon enough, then I am afraid that storms of such intensity will soon become the norm.

Akshay Deverakonda,

Arlington

The Oct. 29 front-page article “Hurricane closes Metro, schools and government” began: “As a mammoth storm system conspired to assault the most populous part of the United States . . .” I take issue with your imputing mental capacity to a storm. To read that in a newspaper is painful — please don’t.

Mary E. Goulet, McLean

Kudos to The Post for delivering the paper Tuesday morning. We weren’t even expecting to receive it and were amazed when we found it in the driveway. Thanks for making the effort — and special thanks to our delivery person.

Holly Rodgers Wescott, Washington