Hurricane Gert

Check out the path Hurricane Gert took.

Now, a quick question: How many people can name at least one of the previous seven named storms this year?

Yup, most people missed eight big storms so far this year.  Gert would be the eighth.

My gripe has been storms are too easily “named”.  A storm that spins in a little circle then peters out is not something that should have ever been named.  But, because of better technology, storms get named all the time.  Because of that, we need to redefine how hurricanes are named.

This probably wouldn’t mean anything at all if SOME people didn’t run around yelling how all these “record” hurricane seasons were a vindication of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

We’re not having “record” hurricane seasons, we’re having “record” hurricane naming seasons.  That is all.

Greenland – The Poster Child for Global Warming

A LOT has been made of Greenland’s ice melting.  I mean, a LOT.  National Geographic ran an in-depth article about just how bad man has destroyed Greenland just about a year ago.  Some snippets to give you an idea just how bad it is.  The headline itself starts you off:

Global Warming: Greenland: When It’s Hot

And they don’t slow down from there:

Since Steffen established Swiss Camp 16 years ago, much has changed. Global warming has evolved from an obscure concern of environmentalists to a headline-grabbing motion picture–inspiring crisis of staggering proportions. Due to something called the polar amplification effect, Greenland is heating up at an exponential rate and has become a kind of barometer for the rest of the planet. What happens here in the next ten years will answer key questions about how much the Earth will warm in the next hundred. That is why there were more scientists out on the ice this year than ever before—the United States’ National Science Foundation alone helped fund 144 researchers, three times as many as in 2000. They’re all scrambling to track the tremendous changes while working against the narrowing window between winter storms and a melt season that turns the cap into a slush field mined with scientist-swallowing crevasses.

Things are so bad in Greenland that people like Robert Roy Britt of Livescience use it as the ultimate justifcation of how stupid people are who question how much we actually know about what is going on.  He has no doubt whatsoever that the warming permafrost in Greenland is all man’s fault.

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth cites Greenland as a prime example of what’s going on.  A lot of people just jumped on his bandwagon.  Greenland was the poster boy for everything from the warming of ocean currents to polar bears’ shinking nuts.

Only one problem tho.  It is now becoming evident, THROUGH SCIENCE, that the warming of Greenland may have nothing to do with man at all:

The newly discovered hotspot, an area where Earth’s crust is thinner, allowing hot magma from Earth’s mantle to come closer to the surface, is just below the ice sheet and could have caused it to form, von Frese and his team suggest.

“Where the crust is thicker, things are cooler, and where it’s thinner, things are warmer,” von Frese explained. “And under a big place like Greenland or Antarctica, natural variations in the crust will makes some parts of the ice sheet warmer than others.”

What caused the hotspot to suddenly form is another mystery.

“It could be that there’s a volcano down there,” he said, “but we think it’s probably just the way the heat is being distributed by the rock topography at the base of the ice.”

That article in Livescience was not written by Robert Roy Britt.  Apparently he doesn’t read the articles that don’t support is opinion.  I doubt you’ll hear any sigh of relief from Al Gore’s bunch either.

Now, at the risk of being insulted and taunted, I again will ask the same question I’ve always asked.  How much of the climate change in Greenland is actually man’s fault?  Apparently quite a bit of the fault lies with Earth.

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.