SEATTLE - Members of an international conservation group say it’s time to prepare for more intense, more frequent and more damaging storms in Puget Sound.
"We're going to be seeing more of these storms, they're going to be more severe, and they're going to be more frequent than historically, was the case," said Chris Davis of the Nature Conservancy.
Davis said the science makes it clear that storms have already begun to get more intense. He cited one last December that created the highest tide ever recorded in Seattle and flooded neighborhoods that are usually protected by bulkheads.
Davis said the Nature Conservancy has sponsored levee removals and other projects that have helped absorb and deflect flood waters. He said restored deltas and flood plains make more sense than building higher bulkheads.
At the same time, members of a NOAA research team from Seattle have just returned with some interesting findings from the seas north of Alaska.
Research Meteorologist Nick Bond said the group is trying to find out what is happening in the marginal ice zones along the shores. He said diminishing ice is creating more open spaces that could lead to warming temperatures and changes in the normal global weather flows. One theory is that disruption may have redirected Hurricane Sandy toward the Atlantic Coast last year.