Monday, September 8, 2008

Hurricanes and Global Warming- what's the link?

Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes?

Gustav and Hanna bring friends: More major hurricanes predicted for September

Climatology: Tempests in time;
The frequency of severe hurricanes in the North Atlantic has increased during the past decade. Scrutiny of the prehistoric record left by such storms helps to assess the factors contributing to hurricane activity.

A hurricane is a product of its environment: a warm ocean provides sustenance; calm atmospheric conditions nurture an infant storm; and a high-pressure cell in the subtropical atmosphere drives it in a given direction. Increases in oceanic heat from global warming will raise a hurricane's potential intensity, all else being equal.

The inevitable hurricane/global warming story;
This reminds me of a common conversation at my house:

Child 1: It's his fault!

Child 2: Nu-uh, it's her fault!

Me: It's both your fault! Now shut-up and somebody get me a beer.

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