Hurricanes

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Category archives for Hurricanes

Yale Environment 360 interviews the renowned New Yorker journalist, who blames the media and scientists alike for our staggering failure to deal with this issue. Here’s a long quotation: e360: We’ve talked about journalists and generally the challenges in conveying this issue to the public. But what about scientists? I mean, scientists have a responsibility…

Colbert Retorts

My latest Science Progress column is up: It makes the case that Stephen Colbert is the heir to Johnny Carson in terms of talk show promotion of science. It also includes various lame and stupid talking points that I made up and didn’t use on the show, such as the following hypothetical Q&A responses: Didn’t…

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The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, and emotional support for thousands in need after Hurricane Ike. Make a donation here. Photo credit: USGS

I Don’t Like Ike

Tropical Storm Ike intensified into a hurricane today, and then rapidly intensified into a sudden Category 3 storm, our third major hurricane of the year. And instead of recurving northward, as hurricanes at its location tend to do, Ike is forecast to plow straight towards Cuba and Hispaniola, and possibly threaten the United States. All…

Down to the Wire With Gustav

There is so much to worry about with this storm…and also, just maybe, a ray of hope. Gustav has not explosively intensified over the Gulf of Mexico loop current, as feared. It is now a 100 knot Category 3 storm, with some intensification forecast before landfall, but not too, too much. Meanwhile, the landfall forecast…

Gustav Hits Category 4…

The latest report is that maximum sustained winds have jumped all the way up to 125 knots. Frankly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Category 5 at some point on Gustav’s highly ocean-heat laden journey. I just talked to the family in New Orleans. They are in Pensacola, and headed to Atlanta….

Are We Ready For Gustav?

Gustav is now a major hurricane headed toward Louisiana with estimated surface winds of 120 mph. He’s expected to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday. Values of Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential (TCHP) over 80 are often associated with rapid intensification of hurricanes. More from Jeff Masters.

We knew Katrina was coming and now Hurricane Gustav looks set to get uncomfortably close to New Orleans. While models suggest Gustav will just miss the city, Jeff Masters has advised residents to leave given the small chance of a Category 3 storm surge. More at the National Hurricane Center.

In January of 2003, I sat in Joe Kelley’s seminar at the University of Maine as he foretold the devastation that was to come to New Orleans. I’d never heard this chilling story before and listened intently as he explained that as far back as when The Big Easy flooded in the 1920′s, scientists realized…

Time to Worry about Gustav

[Tropical Storm Gustav coming off Haiti and reorganizing.] It has been almost three full years since a major hurricane hit the United States. The last one was 2005′s Wilma. We aren’t really used to this any more. 2004 and 2005 are slipping deeper and deeper into our memories…but they shouldn’t. Now, unfortunately, the current Tropical…