Nightly News | November 12, 2012
>> a weird way the storm brought one community together in new jersey. there were 15 power trucks from the state of florida, alone. and remember, first there was sandy. then last week brought a nor'easter, which brought snow, sleet and brighting wind to the northeast. and the mid-atlantic, well, today it felt like spring. a warm 66 degrees here in new york city , while parts of the west and midwest get blasted with cold-like winter, all of which is prompting people to ask yet again, what is with our crazy weather extremes? our report from our chief correspondent affairs anne thompson .
>> 60 degrees as the high on friday, and then 28 degrees as the high on saturday.
>> reporter: this weekend, the west went from summer to winter overnight.
>> and that is winter.
>> it is winter.
>> reporter: today, the northeast enjoys the spring-like temperatures, still recovering from superstorm sandy, and the nor'easter that covered her debris in a record snowfall.
>> this is something we've never seen before, any of the meteorologists here, for that matter. and it is something very, very unusual.
>> reporter: you will get no argument from the people who have to deal with it.
>> i am waiting for the locusts next.
>> reporter: this region is dealing with the drought, the wildfires and the warmest on record. in 2014 , there were extreme events each doing a billion in damage. now some politicians are connecting the dots, blaming the gases that come from burning coal, oil and gas for changing the climate.
>> climate change , extreme weather , call it what you will.
>> reporter: but when it comes to one specific event like sandy, most scientists are cautious.
>> we know that global warming shifts the odds of extreme events. so we can't say that sandy was definitely caused by global warming , but we can definitely say it shifted the odds in its favor.
>> reporter: what they are saying is that sea levels are rising here about a foot, since 1900 .
>> reporter: making the storm surge alter the coastline.
>> what it depends on is how warm the climate gets and how quickly the ice in greenland and antarctica breaks off and falls into the sea.
>> reporter: extreme weather with extreme price tags, becoming more commonplace. anne thompson , nbc news, new yo