Dan Satterfield stands on the Ocean City Fishing Pier, which has often absorbed the brunt of Atlantic weather systems over the years.

Dan Satterfield stands on the Ocean City Fishing Pier, which has often absorbed the brunt of Atlantic weather systems over the years.

By Dan Satterfield, WBOC-TV 16 Meteorologist

While climate change will happen gradually over the next few decades, the effects will be felt much differently. We will hardly notice the rise in sea level until a hurricane or a nor’easter comes along and causes significant flooding. In just a few decades, a nor’easter that cause minor coastal flooding will cause moderate flooding instead, and a strong nor’easter will cause a great deal more flooding and beach erosion than a similar storm from the late 20th Century. It will in fact become a new and costly “normal.”

Since climate change will most certainly lead to an increasing number of extreme events, everyone should plan to be impacted much more frequently than in the past. Having a “go bag” and a storm kit with essentials like medicine, important documents and family treasure like photos/jewelry etc. is a smart idea. In other words, have a plan and build a kit. Think through your plans in case you are severely impacted. The odds will steadily increase that you will be.