Friday, August 29, 2008

Is Global Warming Causing More Hurricanes?

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the answer is "No."

I found an article at National Geographic, in which NOAA has stated that Global Warming will actually decrease the amount of hurricanes and tropical storms. They say that this theory will always be something that is up to debate. In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, along with 27 other tropical storms that year, the debate about Global Warming really took off. However, NOAA's studies show that by the year 2060, these storms will be reduced by 18%. The drawback to that, is that when a hurricane or tropical storm does in fact hit, "hurricane winds could increase by about 2 percent, and rainfall within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of a hurricane's center could increase by 37 percent."

I started thinking about all of this when I first heard about Gustav (which has now officially become a hurricane), that is happening in Jamaica right now and making its way towards the Gulf of Mexico. I still don't know who to believe on whether global warming is increasing these storms, but I do agree that it will be debated for a long time to come.

3 comments:

drinking water filter said...

yeah i seriously think its beacuase of global warming.

Kristen said...

I still don't believe in the term "global warming" to begin with. Last weekend I was watching a special on the Discovery Channel about ice burgs melting. Although a lot of them are melting, some are actual growing. There is one in Alaska threatening to cut off a river which is the main supply of Salmon to a small tourist town (I forget the name). So how do we explain that?

nola said...

A more accurate term is "climate change". Global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably. Climate change is not new, earth has experienced periods of cooling and heating. However, the past 10 years are the hottest on record, and that does have serious implications for natural resources.