Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pardon Me If I'm More Than *Slightly* Confused

So in September of 2005 after Katrina hit, scientists all over the world claimed that "Global warming is going to cause more hurricanes and much stronger hurricanes!" Predictions of the "one of the strongest hurricane season ever" were prominent in every prediction, and 17 named storms were predicted, including 9 hurricanes, and 5 over a Category 3. "The United States will be pounded," they said.

In actuality, there were only 10 storms, 5 hurricanes, which included 2 over a category 3 hurricanes. But only 2 tropical storms hit the United States. Everything else ran into a weather system which pushed them back out to sea.

Then came the 2007 hurricane season. Again, predictions were doom and gloom. Initially at 14 named storms, with 7 hurricanes and 3 majors, it was increased to the same as 2005.

Then when all was said and done, there were 15 named storms, only 6 'canes, and 2 major ones. One of which was Dean that plowed into the Mayan Riviera, and Felix who hit Nicaragua, but again, the season was weaker than had been predicted.

Now in 2007 and 2008, scientists have begun to claim that "Climate change" (aka Global Warming) is actually causing fewer hurricanes.

On top of that, a new study has shown that increased sun spot activity may actually cause Global Cooling.


Seriously though. With all the contradictions given about "Climate change" and "Global Warming" I just cannot bring myself to believe it one way or another. I do realize that the Earth's climate is dynamic. But how much change is attributed to human activity is where I'm still skeptical.