2006 Hurricane Season

“For the 2006 North Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six could become ‘major’ hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Now, this is where the story gets weird:

U.S. hurricane experts say a sharp rise in Atlantic storm activity since about 1995 is related to a natural shift in climatic conditions and sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic that is expected to last from 15 to 40 years.

That part I’ve been hollering about here for a long time.  This part caught me off guard:

Some climatologists however say there are indications that human-induced global warming could be increasing the average intensity of tropical cyclones, although there is no evidence to date that it is affecting the number of hurricanes.

Wow.  Someone stating it as it is.  Don’t see that often enough.  Especially considering the media attention people like Al Gore get:

The United States is emerging from a “bubble of unreality” about the problem of global warming, former Vice President Al Gore said Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gore was in Cannes to promote the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which chronicles his efforts to bring the dangers of climate change to greater attention.

What does Gore use as a backdrop to promote his new movie?

A “man-made” hurricane that destroyed New Orleans and killed 1,300 people of course.  He then promptly hopped into cars with his entourage to drive 500 feet.  Make no mistake about it, I think the climate is changing.  However, I don’t believe Al Gore and mankind can stick their finger in a dyke and stop it.  It’s been changing for all of time, and it will continue to do so.  What we need to be doing is figuring how to live with it.  That article IMO is what we need to be knowing.  Hurricanes are not a rare phenomena, but a natural part of the Earth’s climate and an important one as well ( see Somalia for reasons why ).  People like Al Gore are distracting the real message that needs to be delivered and heard.  We’re not going to stop catastrophic hurricanes.  If we did, it would cause other catastrophes.  What we need to do is stop overbuilding where we know hurricanes are prone to hit.  It’s that simple folks.