"...the scientific community is warning us that the average hurricane will continue to get stronger because of global warming. A scientist at MIT has published a study well before [Katrina hit New Orleans] showing that since the 1970s, hurricanes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific have increased in duration, and in intensity, by about 50%."
-- Al Gore, September 9, 2005
And now there are more signs of highly unusual hurricane phenomena emerging. Bush's team of liars don't want you to believe it, but Al Gore is right again.
Texas, meet Humberto.
Texans went to bed Wednesday night expecting to be struck by a tropical storm. They awoke to find they'd been hit by a hurricane instead.
The stunningly fast buildup of what became Hurricane Humberto shocked scientists, some of whom said there was nothing like it on record.
In just 18 hours, Humberto strengthened from a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph to a Category 1 hurricane with 85-mph winds before crashing ashore. It did not grow into a hurricane until after midnight.
"That has never before happened" in the more than 150 years that scientists have been tracking hurricanes, said James Franklin, a senior specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"It's very, very rare to see a storm go from a depression to a hurricane in this short a time," he said. "It's only happened four times before since 1851, and this is the only one to do this just before landfall."
Expect more of the same, while Bush and the right-wing sycophant liars fiddle with our future.
The truth bears repeating:
Humberto strengthened from a 30 knot depression at 1500Z September 12 to a 75 knot hurricane at 0900Z September 13. No tropical cyclone in the historical record has reached this intensity at a faster rate near landfall.
-- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
UPDATE: Wizbang Blue's Steve Crickmore points us to this bit of bad news for BushCorp. from ThinkProgress:
In an interview with the BBC, Professor John Marburger, Bush's chief science adviser, said it was an "unequivocal" fact that climate change is man-made and that greenhouse gases emitted by human activity are to blame.
I think there is widespread agreement on certain basics, and one of the most important is that we are producing far more CO2 from fossil fuels than we ought to be. And it's going to lead to trouble unless we can begin to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we are burning and using in our economies. [...]
The CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and there's no end point, it just gets hotter and hotter, and so at some point it becomes unliveable.[...]
Just this past February, Cheney asserted, "There does not appear to be a consensus" that global warming is "caused by man." Bush has repeatedly echoed Cheney's line that there is a "debate" over the science.
A video clip of the interview is available at ThinkProgress.
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