These days, everything under the sun is caused by global warming. If itâ€™s hot, itâ€™s because of global warming. If itâ€™s cold, itâ€™s because of global warming. If itâ€™s dry, itâ€™s because of global warming, and if itâ€™s rainy, itâ€™s because of global warming. Naturally, if a hurricane develops and makes landfall, thatâ€™s because of global warming, too.
“The big picture is that global warming is putting hurricanes on steroids,” says Dr. Amanda Staudt of the National Wildlife Federation.
It was predictable that global warming alarmists would use the latest hurricane as an example of the devastation wrought by out of control man-made global warming. Never mind that hurricanes and tropical storms have dashed apart ships that were powered by wind hundreds of years ago. This is different. These are new global warming hurricanes, “on steroids.” Scary.
Regardless of the alarmist global warming hype Americans have been deluged with as coverage of Hurricane Gustav unfolded, new studies and scientific perspectives are calling into question the global warming â€“ hurricane link.
A study in the March 2008 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society suggests that global warming should reduce the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. There seem to be some mixed signals going on in global warming research.
Kerry Emanuel, an MIT professor of atmospheric science published a trumpeted paper in 2005 claiming that hurricane strengths would double as a result of global warming. Unfortunately, the latest computer models show no significant increase in hurricane frequency or intensity when they turn up the computerâ€™s thermostat. The AMS study, which Emanuel co-authored contradicts his famous paper from three years ago.
“One gets used to being mistaken, and we follow the evidence and sometimes the evidence is contradictory and then we have to sort it out,” Emanuel said of the new findings. He’s uncertain whether the recent output is correct or the result of faulty models. “There is a real conundrum here,” he said.
Climate computer modeling scientists don’t even trust their own work and this is the sort of data legislators are using to make monumental decisions toÂ attempt controlling theÂ Earth’s climate system. The scientific position on hurricanes at present appears to be that global warming will and won’t intensify hurricane force and frequency.