Old: Global warming increases hurricanes. New: Global warming decreases hurricanes.

posted at 12:25 pm on January 24, 2008 by Bryan

Why don’t we just take the average and say that since global warming may or may not even be happening, and if it is then the Sun might be the main cause, it’s impossible to say if global warming is having any effect on hurricanes at all?

Oh, right. That makes for a lousy scare-headline and can’t be turned to anyone’s political advantage.

Global warming could reduce how many hurricanes hit the United States, according to a new federal study that clashes with other research. The new study is the latest in a contentious scientific debate over how manmade global warming may affect the intensity and number of hurricanes.

In it, researchers link warming waters, especially in the Indian and Pacific oceans, to increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean near the United States. Wind shear — a change in wind speed or direction — makes it hard for hurricanes to form, strengthen and stay alive.

So that means “global warming may decrease the likelihood of hurricanes making landfall in the United States,” according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Miami Lab and the University of Miami.

I eagerly await Al Gore’s denunciation of the Bushbots at NOAA and U of M.

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I bet 50% of America would vote for a Presidential candidate that said that within the first 100 days they would put forth legislation that would raise the average temperature 1 to 3 degrees in the US.

WoosterOh on January 25, 2008 at 1:37 AM

I am generally in favor of anything that makes Gore look like the moron he is…and this is no exception.

His constant rambling that ‘the scientific debate is over’ is not only shocking, but offensive to anyone who practices science.
It is an impossibility for a debate to be over after 15 years of actual study in an entirely new field. If that wasn’t the case we’d still be looking at 2-D, flat globes with dragons in the ocean as being ‘correct’ as that debate was allegedly over as well.

It’s just good to see some people (like these scientists) don’t accept that a standard has already been met and continue to question and innovate. If they are proven wrong, great, at least continue to collect data and test it and not take the first results you find from a flawed data set.

MannyT-vA on January 25, 2008 at 5:06 AM

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