Archive for the Global Warming Category

An excellent article over at the Houston Chronicle on the NHC’s recent rush to name storms.  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5337583.html

… a controversy is brewing over decisions of the National Hurricane Center to designate several borderline systems as tropical storms.

Some meteorologists, including former hurricane center director Neil Frank, say as many as six of this year’s 14 named tropical systems might have failed in earlier decades to earn “named storm” status.
…such information is vital to scientists trying to determine whether global warming has had a measurable impact on hurricane activity.

A nice article on the current state of climate research, and the impact that the sun and sun spots have on climate. With all the talk about Hurricanes and global warming, it is critical that the information and debate be based in reality.

The article includes this quotation:

Climate stability has never been a feature of planet Earth. The only constant about climate is change; it changes continually and, at times, quite rapidly. Many times in the past, temperatures were far higher than today, and occasionally, temperatures were colder. As recently as 6,000 years ago, it was about 3C warmer than now. Ten thousand years ago, while the world was coming out of the thou-sand-year-long “Younger Dryas” cold episode, temperatures rose as much as 6C in a decade — 100 times faster than the past century’s 0.6C warming that has so upset environmentalists.

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