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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

IS GLOBAL WARMING CAUSING STRONGER HURRICANES?


      The concept of global 
      warming was created by 
      and for the Chinese in 
      order to make 
      U.S. manufacturing 
      non-competitive. 

Okay, that was four years ago, but in May of this hear he was quoted that anthropogenic (man-made) climate change as a total hoax and bullshit.   Further, and this apparently is true, he privately believes that it poses sufficient danger to Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Ireland that he has applied to actually build a seawall.  On the heels of his Mexican Wall, I guess he likes walls.

Here is a comprehensive scientific paper linking climate change to stronger hurricanes written five years ago.  Sure, minor Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall over Florida in eleven years, but Nature Geoscience last week reported that, overall, Asian typhoon intensity has increased by 12% during the past four decades.  

That doesn't sound like much, but more worrisome, Category 4 and 5 (130 MPH or stronger) typhoons have increased from one/year to four/year.  But maybe Trump might have a point, for lead author Wei Mei from the University of North Carolina said it is too early to say precisely that the increased intensity is from man-made climate change.  My sense, though, is that scientists tend to be overly conservative on these matters.  To me the sign is clear, for along much of the Asian coast, water has warmed by nearly 1.4 F since the late 1970's.

As I post this article, SUPER TYPHOON MERANTI at 185 MPH continues northwest, but leaning sufficiently south that the eye now should not make landfall over southern Taiwan.


There will of course be considerable flooding and very high winds.  Right behind is Tropical Storm Malakas, expected to strengthen into at least a Category 2 typhoon.


Earlier this year, Tropical Cyclone Fantala at 175 MPH became the Indian Ocean's most powerful storm ever.  


In the ten-day period I spent in Japan during my Circle Pacific Adventure 2016, four serious ocean storms made landfall between Tokyo and Sendai.  Tropical Storm Chanthu actually did me a favor.  You almost never see Mount Fuji during summer months because of the general haze.  Well, Chanthu rolled over Tokyo one night, not causing much damage, but clearing the air, so that when I woke up the following morning, from my room at the Prince Gallery, I took the following remarkable photo:


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