The Intersection

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 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific debate. As Mooney puts it: “Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds.”

Mooney–a native of New Orleans–has written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?

I’m a bit nonplussed about the bit referencing Gore’s movie, but anyway, that’s what it says. The book is also now available for pre-order on Amazon.

In addition, info about Storm World will be distributed at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco next week, as well as other relevant upcoming scientific conferences. I will be on hand in San Francisco, attending and reporting on (among other things) the two panel sessions (link, link) on hurricanes and climate, and maybe the poster session as well.

While out in SF, I’ll also be talking about this subject and others at a great museum, the Exploratorium. This is an open-to-the-public webcast starting at 1 pm PST on Wednesday, the 13th. I may even be busting out a new slide show for it.

Even amid all of this, I’ll still be putting final touches on the book (though it’s about 95 percent done, those last 5 percent are a real pain). Thanks to everyone who’s emailed to wish me luck and to offer support so far. It’s made a big difference. You’re awesome, and I’m doing my best to give you the final product that you all deserve.


  1. #1 mainsailset
    December 5, 2006

    It’s great to see the pre-order available in time for Christmas presents!
    Off topic, sort of. (Beware my non-scientific approach to the question) I have always wondered what impact on the salinety of the Gulf that these monster hurricanes have and thus the creatures who call the Gulf home? It is fascinating to me that these storms travel over the huge ocean masses sucking, agitating and tormenting the seas then ending their lives dumping huge amounts of “fresh” water on the lands.

  2. #2 Dano
    December 5, 2006


    When are you coming to Denver so I can get an autograph on your new book [not a typo]?



  3. #3 Chris Mooney
    December 7, 2006

    Um, no current Denver plans I’m afraid….

  4. #4 devildoc
    December 7, 2006

    Mr. Mooney,
    I read your book and I think its total bovine droppings.Science is a matter of interpretation. You can show the same data to two different people and have they will have different views.In my opinion you are just a whiner. The scientists are academics that are complaining,because they are being ignored.
    As far as hurricanes go, hurricanes are nothing new Massive hurricanes were hitting the U.S. before global warming was a term.

  5. #5 Dano
    December 8, 2006

    Excellent, Chris – you are making the denialists uncomfortable.

    I’ll look forward to your trip to Denver in the future.



  6. #6 Jon Winsor
    December 10, 2006

    Science is a matter of interpretation. You can show the same data to two different people and have they will have different views.

    The so-called laws of nature were nonsense. The law of gravity was nonsense. “If I wished,” O’Brien had said, “I could float off this floor like a soap bubble.” Winston worked it out. “If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens.”

    George Orwell, 1984

    (Did someone tell the shuttle astronauts before they climbed aboard?)

  7. #7 Jon Winsor
    December 10, 2006

    Or if you need to bring things up to date, this quote is from the Iraq Study Group’s report:

    “Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimises its discrepancy with policy goals.”,,1968203,00.html

  8. #8 Jon Winsor
    December 15, 2006

    But then again, it sometimes surprises you how many things get regarded as matters of opinion these days:

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