It's not about comparing hurricane Sandy to what we experience, more to do with the fact we do suffer from some awful flooding that goes beyond moaning about the weather.
Our weather has been extreme during the last decade. What it hasn't been, is extreme on a massive scale and/or directly affecting a massively dense population base. Imagine some of the localised storms that have affected different parts of the UK at different times hitting London, which they never seem to do, and the impact would likely be a lot more extensive than is seen in the smaller communities where, by the very nature of their size, result in fewer fatalities and a lower impact.
I would also dispute that we haven't had a storm like the one just experienced. The Great Storm of 1987 springs immediately to mind of course.18 were killed plus others Injured and masses of trees felled with plenty of other destruction. There was also one of similar ferocity in 1990 I think it was. But generally our storms are localised and so not as dramatic as the big systems that float over the Caribbean and USA every year.
However, they are often extremely descructive. For example, I don't think http://www.telegraph...sh-Britain.html
looks at all trivial, and it was only a few weeks ago.
Edited by Saintslass, 01 November 2012 - 02:14 PM.