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Archives for December, 2006

Dear Readers: This blog has been sleepy for quite some time now, hosting only occasional updates on whatever the hell it is I’m doing at a particular time. That has been a very direct function of workload: I have had to crash like never before in my life to complete Storm World; such crashing has…

Bondo Back at Cat 4

Cyclone Bondo has, for me, underscored just how far hurricane intensity prediction still has to go. It almost seems as though every time this storm is predicted to weaken it intensifies, and every time it’s predicted to intensify it weakens. Most recently, Bondo has jumped back up to 115 knots, or Category 4 strength, even…

This post is to introduce you to Cyclone Bondo, which now has 135 knot winds according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as it approaches Magagascar and Mozambique. The storm is expected to become a Cat 5 with the next advisory. It’s nearly as strong as 2004’s Cyclone Gafilo was when it made a devastating…

Webcast Up; Storm World at AGU

Cyclone Gaflio, South Indian Ocean, March 2004. Well, my first hurricane-related presentation, at the Exploratorium here in San Francisco, can now be watched here…Here for Real Player, here for Windows Media Player….I think it came off pretty well. Lotsa slides, hurricane pictures, and even a movie….enjoy. I think it’s a good start for my speaking…

I’m here in San Francisco–just arrived–and tomorrow will be doing a webcast at a fantastic museum called the Exploratorium. This is an open-to-the-public webcast–i.e., you can come see me in person or you can see me through your computer. The webcast starts at 1 pm PST on Wednesday, the 13th. I will be talking about…

More on Storm World

Harcourt Books now has a description up, so no need for secrecy any longer: Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006…

Killing With Rainfall

Typhoon/Supertyphoon Durian was apparently the deadliest tropical cyclone event in the world this year, due to heavy rains that created mudslides from the slopes of the Mayon Volcano, in turn burying a large number of villages. Jeff Masters has more. This is now a major humanitarian disaster and Masters advises giving to the Red Cross…