Yes, talk about climate change after storms

Yes, talk about climate change after storms

Yes, talk about climate change after storms

So what's up with the weather?

Four years later, the US has experienced two hurricanes and multiple wildfires within the span of a month. Are they being amplified by climate change?

Of course, the same can be said of our own state leaders. Cerveny is the rapporteur on climate extremes within the United Nations-affiliated World Meteorological Organization. Man-made warming did not cause Harvey and Irma. Look at the past few months: Not only were several big USA cities slammed by monster hurricanes, but San Francisco set a heat record - 106 degrees on September 1, a day when the average high there is 70 degrees; the West was choked by record-breaking forest fires exacerbated by drought; and South Asia was slammed by extraordinarily harsh monsoons, killing 1,400 people.

And then there is the global ocean watermark, which has gone up 20 centimetres (eight inches) on average since the 1880s, and is set to rise far more by century's end. The world's records for most intense hurricane (by wind speed) remain tied: Sustained winds of 215 miles per hour for Typhoon Nancy (1961) in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and Hurricane Patricia (2015) in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

While the news focus in recent days has been on hurricanes in the Western Hemisphere, other areas of the world have suffered unusual devastating rainfall and flooding. However, there have been two previous Category 5 hurricanes that were Category 5 at the time they made landfall in Florida: The 1935 Florida Keys "Labor Day" hurricane, and Hurricane Andrew, which hit Dade County, Florida, on August 24, 1992.

Scientists have made great progress in anticipating the path a storm will follow, extending their predictive powers from a day or two to about a week.

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Two hurricanes made landfall in the quick succession - an unprecedented happening. We don't need to overreact to a little sub-decimal change in the Fahrenheit reading of some distant ocean water.

Hurricane Harvey was the first to come, classified as a category 4 hurricane on Aug 25. It's also because half of the ten most powerful storms have occurred since 2000, not counting Mitch (which was in 1998).

But let's assume for a minute that because climate change is a complex process - which we do not fully understand - climate change is a low-probability, high-impact event just like a North Korean nuclear strike. Because it is water that powers hurricanes, hotter oceans and more evaporation should produce, in part, more intense hurricanes. Another factor is we have very weak vertical wind shear, which is the change in horizontal wind speed and direction with height. No longer is climate change the exclusive realm of environmentalists and academics.

Q: What is fact/fiction in terms of climate change making storms worse? Statistically, in years with many early named storms, there also are more named storms in the peak period.

When Harvey hit landfall, a picture of a shark allegedly on a highway in Houston went viral, fooling at least one reporter.

President Trump and several of his key cabinet members are vocal deniers of the theory and the science of climate change. Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term".

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But when faced with an actually high-probability, high-impact threat called climate change, we should do nothing and poke both our eyes out, even though if the effect is less severe - and we prepare for it anyway - we will be left healthier, stronger, more productive, more resilient and more respected around the world.

Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in?

From Sept. 13 forward in 2005, the Atlantic saw 12 more named storms, including seven additional hurricanes, of which three were major. Floods are worse; droughts are worse. "I'm really thankful that they weren't there to witness it, but it's really scary to think how this can happen to someone you know". In an update about the flood in Houston, the National Weather Service tweeted: "So much rain has fallen, we've had to update the color charts on our graphics in order to effectively map it". Hurricane Jose has been on the nation's radar, but is unlikely to cause the same damage as Irma and Harvey, according to USA Today and AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Duffey.

In addition, the leveling and paving of roads and housing developments doesn't allow the rains to run off as they would in natural marshlands.

Climate change is also identified as the second leading threat to national security by people around the globe, according to Pew Research Center.

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