Like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina here in the United States, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, has become much more than a weather event.
Hurricane Isaac crawled slowly inland, leaving people stranded in cars and in homes under more than 12 feet of water.
This summer has been the second hottest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week. And there's more.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie, notorious for his insistence that the federal government stay out of New Jersey, is already demanding federal aid.
President Obama on April 29 rushed to towns in Alabama slammed hardest by tornadoes.