Today marks the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy which is believed to be caused by global warming. In this podcast James Taylor discusses the factors of why man made global warming is not the source of hurricanes. Even though, the story line in the public sphere portrays that if it weren’t for things like SUV’s hurricanes wouldn’t exist.
He notes the objective evidence which shows that as temperatures have slightly warmed there is a significant decline in hurricane activity, US hurricane strikes, and major hurricanes striking the north-east. He further notes that looking at the history of hurricane strikes from the thirties to the fifties, there were six major hurricanes, category three or above, in contrast to the only one major one we’ve had since then in 1985, Hurricane Gloria.
He then looks at how when temperatures were cooler we had hurricanes hitting the north-east on a normal basis, but because of warmer waters it has created a damper on hurricanes in the northeast due to a fraction of rising temperatures in the ocean balanced out by windshear. The problem with the assertion that global warming equals tropical storms and hurricanes goes against what objective data presents, that we are actually undergoing the longest period in history of eight years without a major hurricane striking.
What is important that James highlights is that even though theories are compelling and well trumpeted by the media, these theories need to be tested by real world facts and observations. And what would be revealed is that global warming is not in fact causing major hurricanes.
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