Friday, October 28, 2005

Alpha and Omega - the beginning and the end

Hurricane Beta. And it's still a long way to November 30th - the expected end of the hurricane season.

1933 was the last time there were 21 storms recorded and we didn't use the current naming system then, so if you're trying to remember the last time we named storms after the greek alphabet, don't. It's never happened.

Possible understatement of the season:

"Trends in human-influenced environmental changes are now evident in hurricane regions"
- Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research


Rob said...

As a guy that has spent most of his life in Florida I can definitively say, without any reservation: "Holy crap! That's a lot of storms!"

Jon said...

I agree, it is a lot of storms.

However, I think it is premature to equate the record year with human influences. A more shocking trend would be a noticed average increase in storms over the next 10 years.

Allie said...

I think that they are trying to have the reader draw the conclusion that this isn't just this year, that our "influence" is having an impact AND that this year, hopefully, it will be obvious and people can stop denying that global warming is an issue. That was my take anyways.