Meteorologists saw this week’s killer freeze coming.
Nearly two weeks before the thermometer dropped across the country, weather experts starting warning officials through official channels and the public through social media that the brutal blast was on its way, The Associated Press reported.
“This became a disaster because of human and infrastructure frailty, a lack of planning for the worst case scenario and the enormity of the extreme weather,” said disaster science professor Jeannette Sutton of SUNY Albany.
The week’s events, which include at least 20 people dead in Texas alone as a deep freeze settled over much of the South, show that the nation and its infrastructure is not prepared for the increasing number of extreme weather events expected to come as climate change accelerates.
So far, insured damage is expected to top $18 billion, and that’s probably a low estimate, the AP reported.
Well below normal temps arrive this weekend and will persist thru