Did climate change affect hurricanes Irma, Harvey?

Did climate change affect hurricanes Irma, Harvey?

As Jeff Tittel, executive director of the Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter argued this week, Trump's budget "actually shows contempt for people dealing with natural disasters and climate impacts". Not surprisingly, Bloomberg recently reported that most of the world's biggest investors now consider climate change when making investment decisions. The National Climate Assessment reported that in the USA, "more than 5,790 square miles and more than $1 trillion of property are at risk of inundation from sea level rise of two feet above current level by 2050". The same is true for whatever rebuilding super-hurricane Irma necessitates.

The second hurricane called IRMA in the movie struck the United States on 9/11, and guess when this storm is suppose to hit "U.S."?

"The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is a dire reminder of how important it is to have a fully staffed and funded EPA that can respond quickly to protect communities after disasters, whether from accidental releases of unsafe pollutants at chemical plants or flooding of toxic Superfund sites", said Reps. The Post noted separately that the storm had delivered the Houston area its third "500-year flood" in three years - that is, storms so bad they have a 1 in 500 chance of happening in a given year and local area.

In September 2017, rumors emerged on social media that a 2005 movie predicted current events by featuring two hurricanes named Harvey and Irma - and that this somehow proved that the hurricanes were both human-engineered. As with a baseball player juiced on steroids setting records for the number and length of home runs, it's the wrong question to ask whether any given home run is "caused" by steroids. There is much that we know based on physics, and we should state those things clearly and immediately, as they can provide insights that can help guide people as they begin to recover and plan for the future.

Could global warming have affected Irma's record strength, or Harvey's rapid intensification, just before landfall?

Gleick was being facetious, but only slightly. "Burning coal, oil and gas warms our planet and that way supplies energy for the build-up of ever more powerful tropical storms", Anders Levermann, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told Bloomberg. Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh have made equally ridiculous statements. Trump resists change. He resists science, change, most importantly the reality that extreme weather isn't a fluke.

The strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean was Hurricane Allen, which briefly registered maximum sustained winds of 190 miles per hour as it moved through the Yucatán Channel in early August of 1980. "During peak season around 96% of all Atlantic major hurricanes (categories 3, 4 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale) occur". It looks like this trend will continue.

For the first time in 166 years of weather records, two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States during the same year.

While there is tremendous agreement among scientists about the basic science of climate change, politics and social media have created an atmosphere where a lot of incorrect information is being bantered about. We need to start planning and rebuilding for this. Recent polls have found that a majority of Americans are concerned about global warming and believe action should be taken to address it.

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