Happy Halloween everyone. Now, we all love horror stories, especially disaster type stories. The fires in California. Cat 3 Hurricane Katrina. Tsunami. Earthquakes.
Well, now there’s Tropical Storm Noel, which is currently responsible for 81 deaths, all from flooding.
What’s special here? That a tropical storm makes news. Noel is generating lots of rain, which isn’t unusual for a tropical storm. It’s maximum sustained winds have been between 50-60 miles an hour around its eye. And its never reached hurricane force. But it has made the news. Why?
Well, the entire hurricane season has been a bust. There’s been a few Cat 1 hurricanes, and a dozen tropical storms, but none have been that spectacular. No damage, no great deaths- no Katrina, in other words. There’s nothing here that boosts the idea of Death by Global Warming, either. So there has to be a manufactured disaster, and that’s what we’re getting with Noel.
The storm will never reach hurricane strength, and if it did, it would be a minimal Cat 1 at best, which won’t cause much damage at all. But the fearmongers in the media have to make something of this storm. And that’s why we’re getting news stories about it.
Last season was a bust, too. And this year was supposed to make up for it as there was no El Nino to suppress hurricane formation. So with warmer oceans and a warmer atmosphere, we’re supposed to see devastating storms, right? Well, not right. And the number of storms was up there– it was just that few actually formed hurricanes because the warmer seas did not actually produce stronger, more threatening storms! And that’s important in and of itself.
Now we may get a few big storms here in November. The 2007 Hurricane Season doesn’t end until November 30th. But it looks like it’s a big fizzle.