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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Global Warming Update: Hurricane facts

Patrick Michaels looks that complex issue of hurricane data and it relationship to claims that global warming is increasing the number and severity of hurricanes. No relationship according to the facts. Hummmm. . .
Blowin' in the Wind by Patrick J. Michaels
Patrick J. Michaels is Cato Institute fellow for senior environmental studies and author of Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media.

Five named storms before July 15! Obviously we're headed for some kind of record year. Or are we? And what does all of this have to do with planetary warming?


Here's the bottom line: Since World War II, there is no significant relationship between what happens in the entire hurricane season and what happened early in that season.

But then there's 1933, the same year that Mexico got pounded. Five storms were detected before August 1, which ties the record (observed three times) in the postwar era. The entire season saw 21 tropical storms and hurricanes, a record that still stands today.
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