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NYT: Irene Is Harbinger Of Global Warming

From the never let even a non-crisis go to waste New York Times:

Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate

August 27, 2011

The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?

The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger.

So, by this same logic, since Irene turned out to be much milder than expected, global warming must be declining.

While the number of the most intense storms has clearly been rising since the 1970s, researchers have come to differing conclusions about whether that increase can be attributed to human activities

As we noted back in November 2007, numerous (honest) scientists say that many of today’s "tropical systems might have failed in earlier decades to earn ‘named storm’ status." In other words, the standards have been changed in order to boost the number of "intense storms."

While scientists from both camps tend to think hurricanes are likely to intensify, they do not have great confidence in their ability to project the magnitude of that increase

How modest of them. By the way, has anyone noticed how accurate the predictions were for even a few hours in advance of hurricane Irene?

Storms are one of nature’s ways of moving heat around, and high temperatures at the ocean surface tend to feed hurricanes and make them stronger. That appears to be a prime factor in explaining the power of Hurricane Irene, since temperatures in the Atlantic are well above their long-term average for this time of year.

The ocean has been getting warmer for decades, and most climate scientists say it is because greenhouse gases are trapping extra heat

And never mind that, as we noted back in March 2008, the data says the oceans have not heated up at all for the last five or six years (prior to 2008). In fact, according to that data from over 3,000 sea-going robots, there has been a "slight cooling" of the oceans.

Air temperatures are also rising because of greenhouse gases, scientists say. That causes land ice to melt, one of several factors leading to a rise in sea level. That increase, in turn, is making coastlines more vulnerable to damage from the storm surges that can accompany powerful hurricanes.

And never mind that even according to the CRU (see the chart on their website), global air temperatures have not risen significantly for the last 11 years. And never mind that the sea levels are also not rising.

Overall damage from hurricanes has skyrocketed in recent decades, but most experts agree that is mainly due to excessive development along vulnerable coastlines

Also, the cost of repairs has gone up, believe it or not. And we won’t even get into the possibilities of fraud. (Cf. Hurricane Katrina.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT: Irene Is Harbinger Of Global Warming”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The answer is: We live in a nation that still has the same percentage of nutbags, fruitloops and pingers. The difference is: Word travels around so fast that there is no time to assess their statements. In the past, when a fruitloop put out such gobbledygook, there was time to evaluate, assess and calculate the information. Due to the speed with which said gobbledygook gets out there, there is no time to stop it before it does any damage.

    Fortunately, the internet has arisen to counter said crapola. This, of course, is why the national socialists find it imperative to want to control it. What really irks me is that these “scientists” act so unlike men and women of great thought and instead, like petulant children who want another cookie.

  2. TerryAnne says:

    FEMA is reporting $7 billion (with a b) in damages. Uh…really?

    I went through the thing. While bad at times (from 11pm-2am was pretty rough here in DC), there is no way on God’s green earth that it did that much damage.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Out here on the Wyoming/Colorado/Utah border their Northeast-Centric bias doesn’t sit too well.

    I’ll bet ya’ll knew that already.

  4. Chinnubie says:

    Has anyone heard Micheal Mann is not going to loose his job a Penn. He has been cleared of all so-called allegations to the contrary of his climate reports. I guess the hockey stick fooled’em real good. This is a great example of what truth-tellers are up against when dealing with the MSM juggernaut. Not to mention the scientific community continuing to carry the water for enviro-wackos in order to receive grant money. I really thought they had finally been, once-and-for-all debunked, obviously I was wrong.

  5. proreason says:

    Global warming explains why AlToad is a pervert.

    • JohnMG says:

      No, pro, having sex with animals explains ‘Love Story Al’,s perversion. And the environment he’ll eventually occupy will warm his globes.

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