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Saturday, September 9, 2017

SUPER HURRICANES IRMA AND JOSE, PLUS TYPHOON TATIM

There are three active ocean storms:


An encounter with Cuba weakened Hurricane Irma into a Category 3, but all projections  show her strengthening into a Category 4 before making landfall over South Florida, probably in the vicinity of Naples.  By Sunday, the entirety of the state will be covered:


If you're in Florida, get to higher ground now and find the safest place you can find to shield  yourself, like in a government shelter.  Stores, hotels at the shoreline and even Disney World are closing.  If you're not in Florida, you can watch the The Weather Channel (1121 on Spectrum/Honolulu) or CNN (1113).  Power could soon become unavailable for Floridians, and this could even become a week-long problem.

Right on Irma's heels is Hurricane Jose at 145 MPH.  However, the early projections remain:  Jose will by Tuesday begin to turn away from the U.S.


In the West Pacific is future Category 3/4 Typhoon Talim, heading for Taitung and Kaohsiung, Taiwan:


There is a tendency for "experts" to say things like:

  • It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).
With all the above happening, I just couldn't post on Vintage Cave, so for today, let me leave with a cartoon by Mike Luckovich (above right photo):


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