Flooded Roller Coasters, And What They Tell Us About Climate Change

Sandy, 2012

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm Sandy – Patrick Michaels Climate of Fear – Forbes

Cincinnati, 1937

Ohio River flood of 1937 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Floods happen. They have nothing to do with CO2.

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13 Responses to Flooded Roller Coasters, And What They Tell Us About Climate Change

  1. RobertvdL says:

    It doesn’t look like flooding to me

    It is structure collapse of the platform

    http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/nov/02/storm-washes-away-much-jersey-shore-town/

    • Blade says:

      [Steve, please delete that last one, bad HTML tags, sorry!]

      Nice catch there Robert.

      I always had the sense that the piers up North ( Seaside, Asbury Park, etc ) were chintzy and slapped together for the NYC daytrippers but the ones down South ( Atlantic City, Ocean City and Wildwood ) were built hardcore. Particularly those in Atlantic City, massively redone since gambling began in the late 70’s, they will probably survive a nuclear bomb. Just try to knock down the Steel Pier or Ocean One Mall.

      Compare that to the Seaside Heights Casino Pier ( satellite picture from 2012 before the wet end collapsed ), it looks like the old-style pure wood construction. This is the one you see often on the Jersey Shore show on MTV.

      Has anyone found a wind ground speed map for when Sandy landed yet? It would be interesting to find out what wind speeds hit and where. A lot of people don’t realize how fragile the NJ coast really is unless you have been there. It is quite a collection of the thinnest barrier peninsulas you ever saw<.

      Having said that, I imagine what collapsed the end of that Seaside Heights pier was the storm surge, not the wind. There are almost constant wind gusts down there that everyone is quite used to, especially in Atlantic City, the kind that you can lean into and it will hold you up. Aside from Seagulls ready to snatch stuff out of your hands when you are careless, one of the biggest hazards is dodging stuff that the wind ripped out of the hands of n00b tourists.

  2. Andy DC says:

    Nearly 100,000 died from floods in Holland during the early 13th Century. Those people back then, on top of their lack of will to live and inability to count, were always making up stories about the evil CO2 monster to scare children during Halloween.

  3. J Martin says:

    Andy DC said “Nearly 100,000 died from floods in Holland during the early 13th Century. Those people back then, on top of their lack of will to live…”

    That strikes me as unwarranted and out of order.

  4. Eric Webb says:

    That roller coaster can be the start of their new local waterpark.

  5. Blade says:

    Steve,

    FYI: still have one caught in the link filter above ( actually two, please delete the first one: #comment-150185, keep the second ).

    Thanks!

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