- In states like Texas the situation has become critical, because they are not used to and much less prepared for the amount of snow and cold they have endured these days
- Climate experts assured that what is currently happening has exceeded any forecast
- “This was definitely an anomaly, but one that will likely occur more frequently due to climate change,” they say.
Climate experts say that the US must prepare for “more intense winter storms” that will become more frequent.
In recent days, a severe winter storm has hit the southern United States. In states like Texas, the situation has become critical, because they are not used to and much less prepared for the amount of snow and cold they have endured these days.
Under this harsh climate, about 4 million families were without electricity, heat or water at some point, according to The Associated Press.
All a chaos that has already left at least 20 people dead (other media even speak of more than 40 people dead), some of which have been by intoxication or fires that only reflect the lack of experience to deal with these temperatures.
Experts say the US must prepare for “more intense winter storms”
Climate experts assured that what is currently happening has exceeded any forecast. Of course they knew that a winter storm was coming, but this has exceeded the government forecast, said the NY Journal.
“This week’s storms – and those to come to the east of the country – fit a pattern of extreme events triggered by climate change, and demonstrate once again that local, state and federal authorities did not do enough to prepare for a more extreme and dangerous climate ”, they pointed out.
This will not end here. “The United States will have to prepare for more intense winter storms,” the experts said.
Sara Eftekharnejad, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Syracuse, explained that “this was definitely an anomaly, but one that is likely to occur more frequently due to climate change.”