It was not the hurricane season we expected, thank you.
With cataclysmic predictions that hurricanes would swarm from the tropics like termites, no one thought 2006 would be the most tranquil season in a decade.
Barring a last-second surprise from the tropics, the season will end Thursday with nine named storms, and only five of those hurricanes. This year is the first season since 1997 that only one storm nudged its way into the
Gulf of Mexico.
Where do I start? Scientists can’t predict anywhere close to the number of hurricanes in one year, but we are supposed to believe that they can predict the climate trends for decades to come?
Here’s more from the article explaining why there was a drop in hurricane:
Storms were starved for fuel after ingesting masses of dry Saharan dust and air over the
Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say the storm-snuffing dust was more abundant than usual this year.
In the season's peak, storms were curving right like errant field goals. High pressure that normally hunkers near Bermuda shifted far eastward, and five storms rode the clockwise winds away from
Finally, a rapidly growing El Nino, a warming of water over the tropical
Pacific Ocean, shifted winds high in the atmosphere southward. The winds left developing storms disheveled and unable to become organized.
As they say about the stock market: Past results are no indication of future performance.
I apologize for my skepticism, but there are too many variables and unknowns to make predictions for the climate change for the 21st century. We can’t predict weather for the next month and we can’t predict the number of hurricanes for the next year. How could you trust the prediction for the next 50 years? I’m sorry, but if you believe in global warming…I laugh at you.
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