Hurricanes and Global Warming

THURSDAY….1-31-08…I recall, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, activists and other protesters crediting global warming for causing that disaster. They chanted, banged on drums and waved signs saying next year was going to be even worse. (I never understood what the banging on drums was supposed to accomplish.) Anyway, they said hurricane Katrina was a portend of things to come —unless we stopped global warming.

Global warming caused the oceans to heat up, they said, thereby making hurricanes even more frequent and more devastating. Of course, the following year came and went, and nothing happened, then another year, and nothing happened. No vicious hurricanes, no devastation….and yet, global warming was supposed to be happening faster than originally thought. Or, so we’ve been told.

But now comes word from the recent meteorology conference that rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming could DECREASE the number of hurricanes hitting the United States. Oh….so now I get it. Since global warming was supposed to increase the amount and devastation of hurricanes, and that didn’t’ happen…..it is global warming that is responsible for DECREASING the number of hurricanes.

According to www.NewScientist.com, the new study challenges research which suggested that global warming could be contributing to an increase in the frequency and the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes. After all, hurricanes feed on warm water, leading to conventional wisdom that global warming could be revving up more powerful hurricanes. According to this new research, conventional wisdom was wrong. Global warming has caused a decrease in the number and intensity of hurricanes.

Dr. Tim Ball, writing in the Canadian Free Press says “There is no question that we have a great deal to learn about the drivers of global climate change. But this is not the primary problem right now. As Mark Twain said “It ain’t what you DON’T know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

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2 Responses

  1. I think Mother Nature and Mother Earth have been experiencing a powerful onset of global giggles over all this nonsense myself…the very idea!

  2. Even letting the debate continue, when our species may hang in the balance, says something about us. I argue that there is a certain presumptuousness surrounding our approach to how we are addressing global warming that goes well beyond simply having a short-term perspective. What if the cockroach has a more sustainable position? I recommend the following post: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/climatic-presumption-what-is-the-forecast/

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