Wednesday, August 02, 2006


From here:

Tropical storm Chris approaches hurricane strength

Last Updated Wed, 02 Aug 2006 08:23:34 EDT

Weather forecasters said Wednesday that tropical storm Chris could reach hurricane strength in the eastern Caribbean by Thursday. (Read the entire story)

Folks... note the name. Tropical Storm Chris.

As in "C".

As in the third letter of the alphabet.

In other words, Chris is only the third named tropical storm of the season. No hurricanes. Zip. Zero. Nada. And this is already August 2nd.

The first named storm of 2006 season was tropical storm Alberto, which struck Florida in mid-June before plowing north past North Carolina's Outer Banks. It was blamed for one drowning.

Tropical storm Beryl followed, causing some damage on the New England seaboard and dumping heavy rain on Atlantic Canada.

Ooooohhh... so Like I'm quaking in my toque, eh?

Even the chicken littles at NOAA were having dire predictions about this year:

Residents in Hurricane Prone Areas Urged to Make Preparations

NOAA illustration of Hurricane Katrina aftermath in Biloxi, Miss.May 22, 2006 — NOAA today announced to America and its neighbors throughout the north Atlantic region that a very active hurricane season is looming, and encouraged individuals to make preparations to better protect their lives and livelihoods. May 21-27 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view of Hurricane Katrina aftermath in Biloxi, Miss. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

During a news conference at the NOAA National Hurricane Center, Deputy Secretary of Commerce David A. Sampson noted, "Preparation is the key message that President Bush wants to convey during National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The impact from these storms extends well beyond coastal areas so it is vital that residents in hurricane prone areas get ready in advance of the hurricane season."

"For the 2006 north Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six could become 'major' hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher," added retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. (read the entire article)

To give you a better perspective on things, I direct your attention to this:Okay, even if compared with the total average hurricanes during the years 1886 and 2000, we've still got a ways to go. So where are the hurricanes? Where are the dire doom and gloom chicken little predictions that unless we signed Kyoto, we'd be getting more numerous and severe hurricanes, year after year? Last year, we had 27 named storms, 15 of which became hurricanes. By their logic, we should at least have 28 named storms this year!

Remember Germany's criticism of Bush for not signing Kyoto?
By neglecting environmental protection, America’s president shuts his eyes to the economic and human damage that natural catastrophes like Katrina inflict on his country and the world’s economy. ...many Americans have long been unwilling to follow the president’s errant environmental policy. Indications are multiplying that Bush has more than Katrina’s headwind blowing in his face... . When reason finally pays a visit to climate-polluter headquarters, the international community has to be prepared to hand America a worked out proposal for the future of international climate protection. The German Government stands ready. (Translation of quote by Richard Bartholomew)
Or for that matter, rocket scientist Cindy Sheehan?
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who was camped outside President Bush's Texas ranch for the past few weeks, says Hurricane Katrina is all President Bush's fault, insisting that the president is "[now] heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused."

And let's not forget that paragon of knowledge and virtue, Robert Kennedy Jr:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind”

As Hurricane Katrina dismantles Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, it’s worth recalling the central role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and kiboshing President Bush’s iron-clad campaign promise to regulate CO2.
Right now the only "whirlwind" to be reaped is the remnants of the hot air still floating about that emanated from doom and gloomers during the 2005 season, trying to make political hay while the hurricanes flew in a year that was an anomaly at best. According to Kennedy and the rest of the enviro-whackos, we should have been blown off the face of the earth by this part of the season, New York City should be an underwater museum, and we should have already been experiencing hurricane Omega-squared.

So where is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. now? Where are the chicken littles at NOAA, who think they can predict global warming weather catastrophes for generations into the future, but can't even predict weather with any degree of accuracy within a mere three months into the future?

Where are the hurricanes

(Filed under enviro-whackism)