The question accompanies every extreme weather event these days: Was it caused by climate change?
The answer, scientists usually say, is that tracing a single event to climate change is difficult.
A better question may be whether climate change played a role.
As Hurricane Matthew roared along the Florida coast on Friday, scientists say there is indisputable evidence that climate change increased the damage it did in at least one regard: storm surge, the flooding that occurs when storms push seas past their typical tidal marks.
“Every coastal flood in...
Hurricane Jeanne, seen in this satellite image taken at 11:30 a.m. Friday, moves closer to the northwestern Bahamas Islands with 100-mph winds. It's expected to hit Florida over the weekend.