View Full Version : 'If We Did More on Climate Change, Wed Have Fewer of These Hurricanes'

10-11-2018, 03:31 PM
Amid daylight assessments of the toll inflicted on the southeast by Hurricane Michael, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor today that "if we did more on climate change, wed have fewer of these hurricanes and other types of storms."

"Everyone knows that, except for a few. Why? Why wont they admit the truth? Maybe there are two words that explain it: oil industry," he said.

Michael made landfall close to a Category 5 storm on Wednesday afternoon, ripping apart Florida panhandle buildings and severely damaging Tyndall Air Force Base.

Two deaths have been reported due to the hurricane, which inflicted heavy winds and rain across Georgia and the Carolinas this morning on its march up the coast. More than 900,000 homes and businesses were without power this morning.

"This year has seen huge a number of powerful storms and hurricanes buffet the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf. Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and now Michael have wrought severe damages. According to NOAA, 2017 was the most expensive year on record for disasters in the US. At some point, we have to acknowledge that the intensity of these storms is much greater than in past years and is a symptom of a changing climate," Schumer said. "Climate change is real, it is being driven by human activity, it is happening right now. These are facts; they are not in dispute. Our scientists know it, our businesses know it, the world knows it, and the American people know."

I believe the recording of hurricane strengths only go back 100 years (?) or so. Were there any stronger storms before then?

Were there any stronger storms back in the 16th and 17th centuries ?


10-11-2018, 03:48 PM
As with thermometers, accurate wind speed instruments - anemometers - are a fairly recent invention. While some designs were developed as early as the 15th Century, accurate linear anemometers were designed in the 1920s and 1930s. The other side of the, "How much data do we have?" coin is wide distribution of those accurate instruments, which, obviously, was more recently than the inventions. All in all, we have less than one century of actual measured data. Before that we have more subjective observations from people who incidentally happened to go through hurricanes, going back to the very early 16th Century or very late 15th Century.

All in all, Chuckles is a wind-bag politician hot-airing about matters of which he is basically ignorant. Unsurprisingly.

10-11-2018, 03:57 PM

Now Cuckie shoe, show me all the increased storms? Note the graph is in energy so its looking at how many and how strong.