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This is not good. The pressure reported by the National Hurricane Center was 976, then 972, then 967….meanwhile, the storm has developed a perfect eye: The Advanced Dvorak Technique, a computer program being run by folks at the University of Wisconsin that assesses storm intensity, now shows a major rapid intensification burst: I can only…

Good Golly Miss Dolly

This storm, heading for the Mexico-Texas border, is now a hurricane. Our second of the 2008 season, and it’s not even August yet…. Eric Berger has some interesting discussion of just how busy this year is starting out. Only three years in recorded history have been busier so early, and two of them are the…

[Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures: A Whole Lot of Energy Just Waiting for a Storm] I’ve just blogged over at the Daily Green about the latest tropical developments. I’m a bit stunned that we’re on our fourth named Atlantic storm–and likely soon enough, our second hurricane–and it isn’t yet August. This isn’t good people. This is…

Bemoaning Bertha

Right now, Hurricane Bertha is a reintensifying Category 1 over the open Atlantic. But on Monday, the storm rapidly intensified to Category 3 or possible Category 4 status before a subsequent rapid weakening occurred yesterday. Bertha was odd to begin with–having formed extremely far east for so early in the season, or indeed, for any…

Meet Tropical Storm Bertha: Chris may be driving across the desert, but he’s always got an eye to developing storms and has asked me to post the latest while he’s offline. Bertha has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and according to Jeff Masters, this is the first time we’re observing a tropical depression east…

…we learn that New Orleans still can’t necessarily withstand a strong Category 2. In other words, three years after Katrina, we still don’t have the protections we were supposed to have before the storm hit. Gotta love the Corps, and its masters–Bush and Congress. All this, and I’ve been hatching plans to head back New…

It doesn’t look like much, and probably won’t amount to much either. Nevertheless, the National Hurricane Center just renamed the remains of East Pacific Tropical Storm Alma–after crossing over Central America, this storm is in the Atlantic and should be called Arthur. I’m not even going to post a picture, because the cloud blob is…

The Intersection just got an email from Oxfam America, asking for our help getting the word out about the urgent need to help cyclone survivors in Myanmar. To quote in brief: “In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis – which struck Myanmar on May 3, washing away entire communities – conditions remain dire for millions of…

Did Nargis Kill 100,000?

That’s what CNN is suggesting. This puts the catastrophe at tsunami scale. And it suggests that Nargis could rank among the top three or four most deadly cyclones of modern times. My god. Courtesy of Weather Underground, the deadliest cyclones list: 1. Great Bhola Cyclone, Bangladesh, 1970, 550,000 2. Hooghly River Cyclone, India and Bangladesh,…

MSNBC’s Alan Boyle, author of Cosmic Log, just interviewed me about the ever worsening Nargis catastrophe. You can hear the audio here, and excerpts here. An excerpt: Q: Is this another sign that the global warming nightmare is coming upon us? Mooney: I’d be careful about saying that. There’s good evidence that global warming should…