Oh ... Really?

Global Warming Fails to Deliver

This whole Gerbil Worming, err ... Gargle Warning. umm ... Global Warming (yeah, that's the ticket!) thing that Al Gore invented would be a bit more convincing if they would get the story straight. And maybe use real scientific facts. Or, heaven forbid, leave politics entirely out of it ...

Even before Katrina and her pals roared ashore one after the other in the summer of 2005, we were getting dire warnings that the evil Global Warming would be causing more and stronger storms in coming years.

Hurricanes bring winds and slashing rains that flood streets, flatten homes, and leave survivors struggling to pick up the pieces. But has global warming given the storms an added punch, making the aftereffects more dreadful?

According to hurricane historian Jay Barnes of Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina, ocean heat is the key ingredient for hurricane formation. More heat could "generate more storms and more intense hurricanes," he said.

Most of the increase in ocean temperature that feeds more intense hurricanes is a result of human-induced global warming, says a study that one researcher says "closes the loop" between climate change and powerful storms like Katrina.

A series of studies over the past year or so have shown an increase in the power of hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a strengthening that storm experts say is tied to rising sea-surface temperatures.

Prior to the summer of 2006, we were given numerous dire warnings that the upcoming hurricane season would be the Worst. Hurricane. Season. EVER! The result of those warning was a sharp spike in gasoline prices, insurance premiums and housing materials. The season actually brought us 9 named storms, with Alberto and Ernesto hitting shore with 35 mph winds, bringing only minimal damages. Then again, for the 2007 hurricane season, we heard the same scary warnings, that THIS, by golly, would be the WORSTEST hurricane season ever! And it's all because of that Gargoyle Winning ... err, Global Warming.

Lo, behold:

As the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season officially came to a close on November 30, with some fanfare with Olga past the end of the season into December, NOAA scientists are now carefully reviewing a set of dynamic weather patterns that yielded lower-than-expected hurricane activity across the Atlantic Basin.

WTF? But you guys PROMISED!!!

"Hurricane season outlooks are useless" says Stu Ostro. (I like this guy, he gets all cynical and jaded too!)

NO!! You don't say! Really?

So, Al Gore and his Global Warming machine failed to deliver, the eastern seaboard of the US remains intact, Florida has not been blown off to the Land of Oz and New Orleans remains (mostly) dry. So, what now guys?

This is just priceless ...

Contrary to many previous reports, global warming could reduce the number of hurricanes that strike the United States, according to a new study.

The work is the latest in a contentious scientific debate over how human-induced global warming might affect the intensity and frequency of hurricanes.

In the study, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Miami in Florida link warming oceans to increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean near the United States.

Wind shear—a change in upper-level wind speed or direction—makes it hard for hurricanes to form, strengthen, and stay active.

With every degree Celsius that the oceans warm, the wind shear increases by up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) an hour, said lead study author Chunzai Wang, a physical oceanographer at NOAA.

So that means "global warming may decrease the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall in the United States," according to the study authors.

Emphasis added.

So the earth may be getting a little warmer these days (I am old enough, however, to recall the fearmongering of the 70s wherein an impending ice age was being forecast, so color me skeptical, for sure) ... I have not seen where it has been proven that this is 1. Out of the ordinary, in that the earth has cyclical variations in mean temperature, 2. That it is caused by humans, 3. That humans have the ability to reverse a warming trend, and 4. That warming is a *bad* thing.

Now, it's a cold night tonight. I am going to go turn up the thermostat, then take a long, hot shower, and then climb into a toasty warm heated waterbed. Bring on the warming!

Posted by LissaKay on 01/23/08 at 11:05 PM in Our World
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Hey, I first saw your posts on io9 and liked what you wrote so I checked on your blog link. You are right on the money, especially regarding this global warming crap. I live in Florida and was just commenting to my mom on the phone this evening (she's freezing her butt of in South Dakota where I'm from originally) that it was funny that noone had heard from Al Gore lately...especially since the country seemed to be in a deep freeze right now. We've even had record lows here in Jacksonville! Of course Mr. Gore is probably hawking his "global warming" drivel in Australia right now b/c it is summer there. I'm sure we'll see him again soon. :long:
Posted by Nate Jones on 03/10 at 03:10 AM
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