Posted at 3:59 PM on August 18, 2009
by Paul Huttner
A quiet weather day lends to some worldwide weather surfing.
A new study finds that we may be seeing the highest number of Atlantic hurricanes in a thousand years.
Penn State author Michael Mann's paper in the journal Nature suggests that warmer oceans may be providing a boost to hurricane activity. Hurricanes may have been more frequent a thousand years ago, but that may have been due to prolonged La Nina episodes.
NOAA: World's oceans warmest on record in July:
NOAA reports that the world's oceans were the warmest on record last month at 1.06 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Arctic sea ice was also the 3rd lowest recorded since 1979.
Taiwanese leader apologizes for slow response to Typhoon Morakot:
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan apologized for the slow official response to Typhoon Morakot. Hundreds of people are still trapped by mudslides and floods. As many as 500 people are feared dead.
We're lucky to live in a part of the world where such devastating storms do not visit.
Enjoy the fine cool breeze tonight.
Our chances for rain will be on the increase Wednesday and Thursday.
Why does anyone still listen to Michael Mann? Even the IPCC retracted its endorsement of the "Hockey Stick" in a famous Rosana-rosana Dana "Never mind".
Mann's current study comes on the heels of this NOAA press release:
Study: Better Observations, Analyses Detecting Short-Lived Tropical Systems
August 11, 2009
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.