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  • Hurricane Patricia Hits Category 5 En Route to Mexican Coast

    10/23/2015 2:08:35 AM PDT · by uglybiker · 145 replies ^ | 10/23/15 | Dr. Jeff Masters
    History is being made tonight in the Northeast Pacific as Hurricane Patricia churns about 200 miles off the coast of Mexico, south-southwest of Manzanillo. With its 11 pm EDT Thursday advisory, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Patricia to Category 5, with top sustained winds of 160 mph and a central pressure of 924 millibars. Hurricane warnings are now in effect for the coast from San Blas to Punta San Telmo, including Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, with a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning eastward to Lazaro Cardenas. Update: Late Thursday night, an Air Force Hurricane Hunter flight captured some of...
  • Battle of Britain:A historic flypast of about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes

    09/15/2015 8:04:49 AM PDT · by Snowyman · 42 replies
    A flypast involving about 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes is taking place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War Two's Battle of Britain. The grouping - the biggest in one place since the war - took off in waves from Goodwood airfield in West Sussex before dispersing around the region. Prince Harry was due to take part, but gave up his seat for a battle veteran when one of the Spitfires was grounded.
  • Study: Are We Shifting to Fewer, Weaker Atlantic Hurricanes?

    09/07/2015 1:55:27 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | September 7, 2015 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades. The Atlantic looks like it is entering in to a new quieter cycle of storm activity, like in the 1970s and 1980s, two prominent hurricane researchers wrote Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience
  • Something Historic Is Happening With Hurricanes In The Pacific Ocean — And It Could Mean Trouble

    08/31/2015 3:24:39 PM PDT · by blam · 101 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2015 | Lydia Ramsey
    Lydia RamseyAugust 31, 2015there are some storms a-brewin'. And, Although none of them have made landfall, they're making part of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii resemble a Van Gogh painting.three hurricanesNOAA Here's a photo showing hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena from left to right. This is the first time three Category 4 storms have been seen in central and eastern Pacific Ocean at one time, according to The Weather Channel. Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds anywhere from 130-156 miles per hour. Hurricanes are categorized primarily by wind speeds. the higher the sustained wind speed, the stronger the hurricane. A...
  • Hurricane Danny fizzles: Why are there fewer big hurricanes?

    08/23/2015 4:58:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    The US is in a historic hurricane drought, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The fading of Hurricane Danny, which peaked as a Category 3 storm over the Atlantic, came as no surprise Saturday.ATLANTA — Hurricane Danny, a small hurricane that at one point reached Category 3 status as it moved across from Africa toward the Leeward Islands, has weakened quickly and by Sunday should be reduced to tropical storm status. An unusually strong atmospheric wind shear can be seen on satellite images Saturday literally whisking the storm away. To be sure, Danny remains a dangerous development. Slated to hit...
  • Yes, The U.S. Is On A Historic Lucky Streak In Dodging Major Hurricanes

    08/22/2015 8:24:04 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | AUGUST 21, 2015
    Friday afternoon, Danny became the first major hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, after it was upgraded to a Category 3 storm. It's still very far out in the Atlantic, and so far there's no sign it'll pose a threat to the United States. That leads to a question: When was the last time a big hurricane hit the U.S.? It might surprise you, but the country is experiencing a historic, nine-year lucky streak when it comes to major hurricanes. In fact, the last Category 3 or stronger storm to hit the U.S. happened on Oct. 24, 2005, when Hurricane...
  • NOAA: Record 117-Month Major Hurricane Drought Continues

    07/15/2015 10:07:46 AM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 14, 2015 | Kathleen Brown
    It has been 117 months since a major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 or above, has made landfall in the continental United States, according to 2015 data from the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the longest span of time in which no major hurricane has struck the mainland U.S. in NOAA hurricane records going back to 1851
  • Obama to warn that climate change means more intense hurricanes

    05/28/2015 7:38:05 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 57 replies
    AP ^ | 05/28/2015
    <p>MIAMI — President Barack Obama is using his annual hurricane briefing to warn that climate change will make these storms more intense and damaging.</p> <p>Obama is getting the briefing on the hurricane season during a visit Thursday (May 28) to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.</p>
  • Lack of Hurricanes Attributed to Luck, Not Global Warming [What about Aliens?]

    05/16/2015 3:23:36 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Front Page ^ | May 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Here’s how cynically anti-science the Warmunist lobby is. These people blame every single weather event, from earthquakes to winter storms, on Global Warming. Al Gore and others tried to claim that Global Warming was causing hurricanes. But the hurricanes weren’t showing up. Now the Warmunists could have attributed the pause to Global Warming. We’re talking about people who claim the rise of ISIS is caused by Global Warming. They clearly don’t have a problem attributing everything to the Warming Devil. But what scientific explanation is being credited for the pause? Luck. In a stroke of luck, no major hurricanes rated...
  • 'Isis' removed from listing of hurricane names

    04/18/2015 6:07:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    ...'Isis' has been taken off from the formal checklist of names of foreseeable future hurricanes as it was now considered inappropriate mainly because of the eponymous militant group....
  • 'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

    04/17/2015 1:41:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/17/15
    'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. As the name of an ancient goddess of Egypt, Isis had been on the WMO list of names for hurricanes in the eastern North Pacific in 2016, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said. But ISIS is also used to describe the Islamic State militant group, whose forces have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and which stands accused by U.N. war crimes investigators of committing brutal...
  • Camille Was No Lady

    08/18/2014 8:36:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 8/18/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Forty-five years ago this very day, it took my Aunt Penny nearly ten hours to weave her way around downed trees, flooded roads, ruined bridges, snapped telephone poles, and live wires between New Orleans and Pass Christian, Miss. It’s usually just a one-hour drive. But this was in the immediate, same-day wake of Hurricane Camille, still the strongest named storm in U.S. history. Her parents (my grandparents) had been traveling, and they had returned to their Pass Christian home just the evening before. When Penny spoke to them from her New Orleans apartment as the storm bore in, they were...
  • Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More Than Male Hurricanes Because People Don’t Respect Them, Study Says

    06/03/2014 12:11:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 2 | Jason Samenow
    People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes. Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the female-named hurricanes produced an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named storms, or...
  • Hurricanes with feminine names cause more damage than storms with masculine names: study

    06/03/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 06/03/2014 | Staff of MarketWatch
    What’s in a name? Apparently, when it comes to hurricanes, a lot. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that, for Atlantic Coast hurricanes in the U.S., storms with feminine names lead to more deaths than those with masculine names. The best explanation for this, according to the Economist, is that people do not take hurricanes with women’s names as seriously as storms with men’s names. The researchers actually tested this theory — and produced supporting results. They picked five male and five female names from the list to be used for this...
  • Obama warns of 'devastating' hurricanes from climate change

    06/01/2014 2:25:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/30/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    President Obama warned Friday that storms like Hurricane Sandy will become more frequent as climate change intensifies. While being briefed by emergency response officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters, Obama urged the public to prepare now for this year's hurricane season. "The changes we’re seeing in our climate means that, unfortunately, storms like Sandy could end up being more common and more devastating," Obama said. "And that’s why we’re also going to be doing more to deal with the dangers of carbon pollution that help to cause this climate change and global warming. And that’s why we’re...
  • Why experts blew the 2013 hurricane forecasts

    11/25/2013 12:55:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ken Kaye
    <p>Why did all the experts get the hurricane season outlook so wrong?</p> <p>Twelve forecast teams predicted an average of 16 named storms, including eight hurricanes, four major. Yet this season, which ends Saturday, saw only 13 named storms, including two mediocre Category 1 hurricanes.</p>
  • Climate Con Artists Exploit Typhoon Haiyan

    11/12/2013 5:25:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Climate Fraud: The United Nations climate chief blames the Philippines devastation on climate change, ignoring the historical record that 33 of the 35 most devastating storms occurred with CO2 below current levels. One can appreciate the genuine grief felt by an emotional Naderev "Yeb" Sano as the delegate from a Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan spoke at the start of two-week talks in Warsaw where more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Sano told delegates in...
  • Black Conspiracy Theory 101: Did A U.S. Congresswoman Call For Hurricanes To Be Named Blacks?

    09/20/2013 6:50:23 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 62 replies
    NewsOne ^ | 09/16/2013 | Ruth Manuel-Logan
    Why are U.S. hurricanes given names? Names are actually given to tropical storms but if they reach a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour, then they are deemed hurricanes. These types of destructive storms are given monikers because naming them makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains, and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes in a clear manner. So after decades of hurricane and storm names, did a Black Congresswoman demand that African-American names be included? ... In July 2003, Sheila Jackson Lee (pictured), a Democratic member of Congress who represents the 18th...
  • Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?

    09/13/2013 8:44:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies ^ | September 12, 2013 05:05pm ET | Douglas Main, Staff Writer |
    But surprisingly, not a single major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale —with minimum wind gusts of at least 111 mph (178 km/h) — has directly hit the United States in nearly eight years. That's twice as long as any major hurricane landfall "drought" since 1915, and by far the longest on record since data began being collected prior to 1900. As of today (Sept. 12), it's been 2,880 days since Hurricane Wilma, the last major hurricane to strike the United States, made landfall on Oct. 24, 2005. The reasons behind this drought...
  • Monstrous Saharan Dust Cloud Puts the Kabosh on Atlantic Hurricanes

    08/04/2013 8:29:20 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 2, 2013 | Rob Almeida
    This week, NOAA’s Terra/MODIS satellites detected a massive plume of dust moving off the coast of Africa, born from a storm far inland. This plume, called the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), carries with it a particularly high concentration of dust and dry air that NOAA notes, ‘plays an important role in lessening “cyclogenesis” or the formation of hurricanes.’ Using 18 satellite images from NOAA, we created the following animation to show the recent movement of this air mass off the western coast of Africa.
  • Climate Change

    01/23/2013 8:31:41 PM PST · by Paul Pierett · 21 replies ^ | January 2013 | Paul Pierett
    Having tired of writing in blogs and having lost the support of a blog that carried my work, I now have my own web page. I opened my own web site on climate change. I wrote it for the average person. It is not a blog. It is information in nature. If you wish to comment, my email is on my work or you can use the message traffic here. I open my free republic about once a week to see what is happening. I open my web site about the same to proof-read each page. I always find...
  • East Coast weather satellite fails, spare used

    09/24/2012 4:29:03 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies ^ | 9/24/12 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. weather satellite that tracks the East Coast and Atlantic hurricanes is broken.</p>
  • Sarah Palin still waiting for her Republican National Convention invite

    07/16/2012 9:42:38 AM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 86 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 16 July 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
  • Soap Bubbles May Help Predict Hurricane Paths

    06/14/2012 6:36:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/14/2012 | Andrea Mustain
    Vortex research could add to knowledge of small-scale variations in tropical cyclones Although it's well-known that a tempest sometimes shows up in a teapot, it turns out that something smaller and far more ephemeral — a soap bubble — can also accommodate a squall. Such was the discovery of a group of physicists at the University of Bordeaux; when they heated hand-size soap bubbles, vortexes of color swirled into action and went dancing across the delicate orbs. "Soon after we started seeing these things, we thought, 'Wow, that looks like a hurricane,'" said Hamid Kellay, a professor of physics at...
  • Global warming causing horrid natural disasters? Not exactly.

    03/29/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 2 replies
    You may have seen headlines like this scary one in USA Today: “Experts say global warming is causing stronger hurricanes” What’s the science behind that? Not much, it turns out. In fact, . . .
  • Frequency of strong Florida hurricanes decreased in last 600 years

    01/26/2012 1:02:18 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    WATTS UP WITH THAT? ^ | January 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    The next time some alarmist caterwauls about hurricanes becoming worse and more frequent due to global warming, show them this study. . . It is instructive to note that over the past century and a half of ever-increasing fossil fuel utilization and atmospheric CO2 buildup, the frequency of the most intense category of hurricanes in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico has been lower than it was over the prior five millennia, which speaks volumes about the climate-alarmist claim that continued anthropogenic CO2 emissions will lead to more frequent super cyclones and hurricanes. . .
  • Hurricanes and Dealing With Insurance Companies and Utility Companies

    08/28/2011 4:38:07 PM PDT · by no gnu taxes · 20 replies
    A huge pecan tree got blown over during Irene. And it fell on our house. Luckily no one was hurt. I can't seem to get a straight answer from the insurance company at this point as to exactly what they will cover. Looking at my policy, it only says they will pay up to $500 for tree "removal" if it is blown over during a storm. That's not much even for a small tree, and this tree is gigantic. However, there's going to have to be a large portion of this tree cut away before the damage can even be...
  • Vanity: Of Hurricanes and Angels

    08/26/2011 7:27:01 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Former Fetus
    Reading about hurricane Irene reminds me of a night, almost 22 years ago. My eldest daughter was exactly 3 weeks old and hurricane Hugo was supposed to "brush past" the South Carolina coast. We lived inland, so we were not concerned at all. My husband had farmed all his life and said that probably we would get some nice rain. I didn't know what to expect, this was my first hurricane, besides I was too busy with my newborn baby. So we went to bed. Just before midnight, the wind was getting very strong and the rain was hitting the...
  • Yes, Donna Shalala Went Bowling With The Rogue Miami Booster And Sebastian The Ibis

    08/17/2011 11:28:39 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 18 replies
    deadspin ^ | 8-17-11 | erick smith
    By Jack Dickey Aug 16, 2011 8:15 PM Yes, Donna Shalala Went Bowling With The Rogue Miami Booster And Sebastian The Ibis Once upon a time, Donna Shalala was a dignified cabinet member during the Clinton glory years. She was Secretary of Health and Human Services, the first female to miss the State of the Union as a designated survivor in case of an attack. Then she became president of the University of Miami. So, here, we have a photo of her a-bowlin' with Nevin Shapiro, the booster at the center of Yahoo's big U investigation, and Sebastian the...
  • US predicts 3 to 6 major Atlantic hurricanes (NOAA - the end is near)

    05/21/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/11 | Jennifer Kay
    US predicts 3 to 6 major Atlantic hurricanesBy Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Thu May 19, 4:04 pm ET MIAMI – U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above average Atlantic storm season. No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall in five years, but the forecasters warned U.S. coastal residents that odds are diminished that they can't expect a sixth straight year without a major landfall on either the Atlantic or Gulf coasts. As many as 18 named tropical storms may develop during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1, according...
  • Hurricane Season Progress Report

    08/30/2010 9:48:40 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 7 replies
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 30, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    As August draws to a close, we are still waiting for the major hurricanes that were forecast for this year. In case you've forgotten, there are links to the forecasts below. Here's the scorecard to date:
  • NOAA trims hurricane outlook, still seen very active

    08/05/2010 9:42:58 AM PDT · by saganite · 16 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 5 August 2010 | staff
    U.S. government scientists on Thursday reduced their forecast for the 2010 Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, saying that while it will still be active, there were fewer storms in June and July than expected. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it now expects 14 to 20 tropical storms, with eight to 12 of those strengthening into hurricanes, during the six-month season that began on June 1. It forecast that four to six of these would become major hurricanes. Before the season began, NOAA had forecast 14 to 23 tropical storms, with eight to 14 developing into hurricanes, and three to seven...
  • La Nina developing, could mean more hurricanes

    07/09/2010 2:13:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/9/10 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON – The climate phenomenon known as La Nina appears to be developing, threatening more bad news in the efforts to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When a La Nina occurs there tend to be more hurricanes than normal in the Atlantic and Caribbean regions, which include the Gulf of Mexico. The federal Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that La Nina conditions are likely to develop in July and August. La Nina is marked by an unusual cooling of the sea surface in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Water temperatures in that area can affect air...
  • New Orleans faces a 'slime wave'

    05/31/2010 2:32:23 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 687+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 31, 2010 | S.A. MILLER and CATHY BURKE
    The Gulf oil spill could end up blasting New Orleans with crashing waves of black muck. Hurricane season starts tomorrow, and officials yesterday warned that high winds and rough surf could turn crude oil leaking from a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico into a black tidal surge capable of sliming miles of coastline with a stinking, sticky mess. "You put a major hurricane in there, you're liable to have oil in downtown New Orleans," Ron Kendall, an environmental professor at Texas Tech University, told National Geographic. Mitch Landrieu, the Big Easy's mayor, said he's already worried about...
  • Traders Push Commodities Up As NOAA Warns Of A Nightmare 2010 Hurricane Season

    05/28/2010 7:11:16 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 242+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-28-2010 | Vince Veneziani
    Traders Push Commodities Up As NOAA Warns Of A Nightmare 2010 Hurricane Season Vince Veneziani May 28, 2010, 9:02 AM Any commodities trader worth their name will have their eyes glued to The Weather Channel when June comes, marking the official start of the hurricane season. A piece in the Financial Times today discusses how commodity prices have surged this week as the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned of a strong 2010 hurricane season. Oil and natural gas prices have jumped since yesterday, along with orange juice, which will soar even higher should Florida get hit by...
  • Study finds hurricanes may snap Gulf pipelines (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

    05/27/2010 1:21:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 215+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/27/10 | Erwin Seba
    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hurricanes could rupture underwater oil and natural gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, which is already struggling with the worst oil spill in U.S. history, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Mississippi. The study looked at the effects from 2004's Hurricane Ivan, which disrupted several underwater pipelines in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Disruption of the seafloor can reach depths of 300 feet from destructive currents, which can continue for up to a week after the hurricane passes, the researchers found. "It doesn't go away, even after the...
  • A Monkey Could Do a Better Job Predicting Hurricanes…. And Global Warming?

    05/19/2010 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 211+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-10 | Mike's America
    Funny video takes on know-nothing weather experts!For the last several years the "scientists" at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been trying to scare us into thinking that global warming will cause more and stronger hurricanes. Just one problem: nearly every year they are wrong. NOAA is about ready to launch yet another of their hurricane predictions and it's likely they'll follow the same formula to scare people once again. The National Center for Public Policy Research shows that a chimpanzee stands just as good a chance at the guess work than the big brains at NOAA. The Center...
  • 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Rank in the Top 10

    05/13/2010 10:54:15 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 43 replies · 654+ views ^ | 05/13/2010 | Staff
    STATE COLLEGE, PA -- reports the upcoming hurricane season could be a top ten year, a stark contrast from the relatively calm 2009 season. Chief Hurricane Meteorologist Joe Bastardi predicts a total of 16-18 storms this season. To put that in perspective, only eight years in the 160 years of records have had 16 or more storms in a season. The season should start early with one or two threats by early July, and stay late with additional threats extending well into October. His forecast team expects at least six storms to impact the United States coastline--slightly more...
  • Remember This: AGW not to Blame if There are More Hurricanes This Season

    03/10/2010 4:18:25 PM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Remember late 2009 and earlier this year? Remember the record cold and snow that affected large areas of the Northern Hemisphere? Remember how the AGW crowd tried to spin it? Remember how they tried to convince us that the cold and snow was because of AGW? Well, we’ll have to be prepared for more spin for the summer, as Accuweather just released their Hurricane forcast for 2010. Hurricane Center meteorologists, led by Chief Long-Range Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, have released their early hurricane season forecast for the Atlantic Basin for 2010. The forecast is calling for a...
  • Study: Warming to bring stronger hurricanes (fewer but stronger,, uhh.. right)

    02/21/2010 11:26:23 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 517+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/10 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, seeming to settle a scientific debate on the subject. But they say there's not enough evidence yet to tell whether that effect has already begun. Since just before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, dueling scientific papers have clashed about whether global warming is worsening hurricanes and will do so in the future. The new study seems to split the difference. A special World Meteorological Organization panel of 10 experts in both hurricanes and...
  • State Farm cancels [125,000] in Fla.

    02/03/2010 9:25:59 PM PST · by Lorianne · 35 replies · 1,083+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 3, 2010
    The largest homeowners insurer in Florida is canceling the policies of 125,000 of its most vulnerable customers beginning Aug. 1, halfway through the 2010 hurricane season. The company, State Farm Florida, began sending out cancellation notices this week to nearly a fifth of its 714,000 customers, most of them in the state’s hurricane-prone coastal regions. A spokesman for State Farm said the decision was the direct result of its failure to win a 47.1 percent rate increase from state regulators. State Farm stopped writing new policies and sought the increase a year ago, saying severe losses from a series of...
  • An insult to The Few: Defence cuts could ground the Battle of Britain flight

    01/14/2010 4:49:37 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 386+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14th January 2010 | Ian Drury
    The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight faces the axe as the Ministry of Defence attempts to close a £6billion hole in its finances. Senior RAF sources have warned that the flight could be cut on 'cost grounds' as the MoD is forced to make drastic savings in the next defence review. This year is the Battle of Britain's 70th anniversary and yesterday MPs and veterans' groups described the threat to the flight as a 'crying shame' and an insult to the fighter pilots - 'The Few' - who defended Britain against the German Luftwaffe. Every year hundreds of thousands of...
  • Where Has All The Weather Gone? Revisited

    12/03/2009 7:13:59 AM PST · by jay1949 · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | December 3, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Where has all the weather gone? The slowest Atlantic hurricane season since 1997 has ended with no hurricane having made landfall in the United States. Despite predictions of a "strong tornado season" in 2009, tornadoes continue to occur well below the long-term average. This is not the weather promised us by global warming believers!
  • Gore's Profits Of Doom

    11/03/2009 5:59:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 1,176+ views ^ | November 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Junk Science: The oracle of climate disaster has a new book out on global warming that should be on the fiction list. He asks us to commit economic suicide while he rakes in millions from his green investments. 'Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis," Al Gore's sequel to his 2006 tome "An Inconvenient Truth," came out Tuesday. Printed on recycled paper using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) ink, it will undoubtedly be a best-seller and on the desk of every attendee at next month's climate change conference in Copenhagen. In a press release announcing the book, the Oscar-...
  • CSU FORECAST OF ATLANTIC HURRICANE FORECAST 10/21-11/05/09 [Closing a very QUIET season, I hope]

    10/30/2009 4:54:40 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 13 replies · 566+ views
    Colorado State University ^ | 10/21/09 | Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray
    We expect that the next fifteen days will be characterized by average amounts (70-130 percent) of activity relative to climatology. These new 15-day forecasts have replaced the monthly forecasts that we have been issuing in recent years.
  • Hurricane Season 2009: Where Are All the Storms? [Updated from 8/6/09]

    09/28/2009 1:59:25 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 27 replies · 974+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 08/06/09 | Willie Drye
    Before the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season kicked off on June 1, forecasters were calling for 12 named storms, with about half developing into hurricanes....Based on the current El Niño conditions, Colorado State University meteorologists William Gray and Phil Klotzbach this week issued an updated hurricane forecast, which calls for 2009 to be a below-average season. The pair predicts that this season will see just ten named tropical storms in the Atlantic. Four of those storms are expected to develop into hurricanes, with winds of at least 74 miles (119 kilometers) an hour. Two will become major hurricanes, with winds exceeding...
  • Where Has All The Weather Gone?

    09/28/2009 6:32:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 39 replies · 1,549+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | September 28, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    For years, we have been promised more and more bad weather, stronger "Cat-5" storms, and unprecedented spates of tornadoes. But here we are, more than halfway through the 2009 hurricane season, and we have yet to see as much as a Category 1 storm make landfall. There have been tornadoes, but nothing apocalyptic. Where has all the weather gone?
  • Is predicting hurricanes like predicting climate?

    09/13/2009 7:50:04 PM PDT · by CanaGuy · 12 replies · 549+ views
    Forecasts of hurricane activity are issued before each hurricane season by noted hurricane experts Philip J. Klotzbach, William M. Gray, and their associates at Colorado State University
  • [NOAA] Study: Better Observations, Analyses Detecting Short-Lived Tropical Systems

    08/24/2009 3:19:32 AM PDT · by mvpel · 1 replies · 628+ views
    National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration ^ | August 11, 2009 | NOAA Press Release
    A NOAA-led team of scientists has found that the apparent increase in the number of tropical storms and hurricanes since the late 19th and early 20th centuries is likely attributable to improvements in observational tools and analysis techniques that better detect short-lived storms. The new study, reported in the online edition of the American Meteorological Society’s peer-reviewed Journal of Climate, shows that short-lived tropical storms and hurricanes, defined as lasting two days or less, have increased from less than one per year to about five per year from 1878 to 2008. “The recent jump in the number of short-lived systems...
  • Is God protecting Fla. at Gov. Crist's request?

    08/22/2009 4:14:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 1,354+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | August 22, 2009 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Could it be divine intervention that's kept Florida safe from hurricanes since Gov. Charlie Crist took office? Crist said he isn't trying to take credit, but he told a group of real estate agents Friday that he's had prayer notes placed in the Western Wall in Jerusalem each year and no major storms have hit Florida.