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Archives for February, 2007

Recently the White House assured us that president Bush has “consistently acknowledged climate change is occurring and humans are contributing to the problem.” But perhaps it all depends on what the meaning of “contributing” is. After all, here’s Dick Cheney: I think there’s an emerging consensus that we do have global warming. You can look…

Favio Devastation Becoming Clear

This from Reuters AlertNet: On Thursday, the cyclone Favio demolished large parts of the southern coast in the province of Inhambane. Winds reportedly hit 240 km/h as the storm tore through the tourist town of Vilanculos heading north past outlying villages, destroying schools, hospitals and the homes of thousands of people in its path….In the…

Strong Hurricanes, Weak Categories

As Cyclone Favio makes landfall in an already flooded Mozambique–striking the provinces of Inhambane and Sofala as a Category 3–I am prompted to reflect a bit on what the South Indian cyclone season of 2006-2007 has shown us so far.

Here They Come

First, the good news: Favio has weakened back down to Category 3 as it approaches landfall in Mozambique. Certainly no one is out of the woods yet; but there no longer seems much chance of a Category 4 landfall in the next 24-36 hours. That’s the good news. However, as we get into the peak…

Chicago Talk Tonight

As mentioned before, tonight I’ll be participating in the Bookslut.com reading series here in Chicago, along with two distinguished science writers, Deborah Blum and Jennifer Ouellette. Here are the details: 7:30pm Hopleaf Bar 5148 North Clark Street, Second Floor I have actually prepared the trial version of a new talk for this event. You see,…

Spectactular Cyclone Favio Image

Click here or here for the high resolution version of this NASA graphic. Meanwhile, here’s a pic from Meteo France with a much broader view of the South Indian basin, showing both Favio as well as another potential cyclone forming closer to Diego Garcia…. UPDATE: According to the latest advisory from JTWC, Favio is now…

Look Out for Cyclone Favio

According to the latest advisory from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, this storm, currently passing south of Madagascar and entering the Mozambique Channel, is a strong Category 3 (105 knot or roughly 120 mph winds) possibly on its way to Category 4. What’s troubling about that is the projected track for Favio, shown below in…

Picking a Fight

Since the release earlier this month of the new IPCC Summary for Policymakers (PDF), I have been watching closely to see if the document sparks any prominent quarrels between scientists over the relationship between hurricanes and global warming. Frankly, I thought the IPCC’s claim that global hurricanes have “more likely than not” intensified due to…

Back Into the Vortex

Dear Friends: I’ve been having a massively fun time blogging like hell these past few weeks. It feels like old times. However, I now have to go (kicking and screaming) back to work for a bit, to put finishing touches on Storm World. The idea is to be at least mostly done with various editing…

This Darwin Day: Don’t Be a Dodo

It’s Darwin Day, and while I’m not closely involved in any of the stuff taking place around the country this year, I do have a very strong recommendation about how to celebrate: Go and check out one of the many Flock of Dodos screenings that are occurring. And watch the trailer on YouTube to get…