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Archives for July, 2007

Man. Japan is getting it bad lately. Just weeks after Supertyphoon Man Yi, another powerful storm is barreling in. Here’s the latest satellite image of Typhoon Usagi, just pronounced a Cat 4 with 115 knot sustained winds by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, with an expected intensification to supertyphoon status in the next 24 hours:…

In my previous post, I went into some detail about the intense argument between Greg Holland and Peter Webster on the one hand (PDF), and Chris Landsea on the other (PDF), over whether the total number of Atlantic storms is increasing. And I concluded, somewhat unsatisfyingly, that there may be limits placed upon the extent…

Science Simpson Style

Last night at 8:00, I saw The Simpsons. Rewind four hours and I was sitting at my desk writing about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Turns out they are very much related. Sort of. A little Marine Bio 101: Dead zones are areas of the ocean devoid of fish, shrimp, and marine…

The National Hurricane Center just named our third Atlantic storm, Chantal, off the eastern seaboard. Chantal is heading across the Atlantic along with the westerlies, possibly destined to become a quite powerful extratropical storm as it travels towards Iceland and Europe. It is not a threat to the USA. Anyways: Meet Chantal, currently on a…

Are carbon sequestration initiatives providing incentives that decrease land productivity and limit the habitat of endangered species? We spend a lot of time here discussing wind and water, but I’d like to turn your attention to another force of nature.. FIRE! When I was in South Africa earlier this month, it struck me that carbon…

It may seem a strange question to be asking in a season that, so far, hasn’t yet seen an Atlantic hurricane. But while the weather in any given year can be tricky and unpredictable, there’s no doubt that we’re currently in an active period for Atlantic storms in general–and now, a new paper (PDF) from…

Look Out for Typhoon Usagi

It’s a long ways out, to be sure. A lot could change and most certainly will. Nevertheless, this storm, which has just formed, is currently forecast to be a Category 3 at landfall and to strike Japan. For more information check out the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Tropical Storm Risk. The official tracking agency…

Read it here. The review is by the New Orleans Times Picayune‘s Pulitzer winning writer John McQuaid, who is the coauthor of a really great book that helped me a lot with my own research, Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms. Here’s an excerpt from McQuaid’s review:…

Last Saturday night, party animals that we are, some friends and I went on Rhapsody and searched for pop songs that mention “hurricanes.” Sweet Jesus, there were a lot of them. And a large percentage used “eye of a hurricane” as a bad love metaphor. So we were inspired to make a hurricane music soundtrack,…

Exciting news in the world of climate policy.. a proposal that’s not only progressive and practical, it’s possible! You’ve likely heard a bit lately about carbon caps and carbon trading. These programs set overall authorized caps on emissions and allow the buying and selling of emissions credits. While Europe has been at this for a…