Category 5

I remember years ago I posted that global warming would warm the waters of the Atlantic until, unlike today where the northern Atlantic has cool waters that weaken hurricanes that are bound for DC, NYC and Boston, the warm waters of the future Atlantic will continue to strengthen hurricanes so that they will tend to be category 5 when they strike the north.

I think we may be seeing the first step towards that. The waters of the Caribbean seem to have warmed to the point where it is much much easier for a hurricane to escalate all the way to category 5. Future warming will stretch this zone of warm water farther and farther north.

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11 thoughts on “Category 5”

  1. Baloney.

    Remember? Global warming was invented by the chinese in order to undermine the uhmerican economy.

    What? The Chinese are weaning themselves off coal? Investing in sustainable energy? Don’t you believe them! They’re doing it in order to not consume uhmerican coal that even US coal companies are moving away from.

    Timbuk, seriously, get on the ball! You’re not in tune with today’s alternative universe.

    You know, the one where there are good folks amongst the neonazis chanting against jews.

    ——-

    You’re a scientist. Is there any way to reduce the size of one’s hands surgically?

    Just asking.

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  2. “Timbuk, seriously, get on the ball!”

    Um, I know that was sarcasm, and I’m betting Uzi does, too, but this is Uzi’s post.

    “You’re a scientist. Is there any way to reduce the size of one’s hands surgically?”

    Not surgically that I know of, but maybe by taking estrogen. Drinking women’s pee might do the trick.

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  3. “Um, I know that was sarcasm, and I’m betting Uzi does, too, but this is Uzi’s post.”

    Doh! I could have sworn it was yours, Timbuk. Shouldn’t watch teevee and post at the same time I guess.

    Sorry Uzi.

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  4. I wasn’t offended. I wasn’t sure whether you thought it was written by Timbuk or whether you were just addressing a question to him.

    Wasn’t a lot for me to reply to though. I’m bored with politics right now and don’t feel like arguing about Trump. There’s probably not much to say about the hurricane situation either. I’m still worried about PnH regarding the flooding but not much more to say there either.

    There’s a sequel to Blade Runner coming out in theaters in a couple weeks. If I drive to a nearby city I can see it presented in 2D in a Premium Large Format theater with a 4K projector and a sound system built by the same guys who do concert sound systems for Metallica. Or if I drive to another nearby city I can see it presented in 3D with DBOX seats.

    I have no idea which one to choose. Anyone have any thoughts on which format I should choose to see it in?

    I’m going to face the same choice for Star Wars this winter too.

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  5. Back to the OP…

    We were in Punta Cana in Sto. Domingo in the last week of August. Had a gr8 time…

    With jet lag I would wake up between 4-5 AM and would walk the beach waiting for sunrise. At daybreak groups of a dozen or so workers would rake the beaches because of the accummulation of sargassum.

    They’d dig a 1 meter-or-so whole in the sand and bury the stuff daily. It seems that since 2011 it’s become endemic, and when the waves were up it was almost unpleasant to swim (maybe 2 days of our 10 day sojourn). Some speculate that this is from global warming as well.

    On the other side (here), every summer is getting hotter, with records broken constantly. Winters are far milder than before (in my father’s youth snow was common in Madrid, and it would last for days, now it rarely snows and never lasts more than a few hours).

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  6. I started to post something saying I was OK just in case — and after reading Uzi’s post — I wish I had.

    I kinda feel guilty about saying we were completely fine — no high water, no power outages. The only inconvenience was my oldest son missing two days work (hourly employee) — so — he’ll have less to spend on video games.

    Thank you so much for your concern — I love you, too.

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  7. “we were completely fine”

    Glad to hear it! Don’t feel guilty … everyone gets/deserves a break once in a while.

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  8. Thank god you guys are OK.

    I had survivors guilt of a sort when my dad couldn’t get a ticket on that plane that crashed despite trying as hard as he could for days. Being glad that he couldn’t get an opening on the flight meant being glad that someone else stayed on the plane and died, and I wasn’t comfortable with that.

    I eventually decided to simply wish that the plane hadn’t crashed to begin with regardless of who was on it.

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  9. Glad to hear you’re OK, PNH. And that the worst thing lost were 2 days without pay… obviously it could have been far worse, and no matter how many times we have locked horns, I certainly never wished you and yours ill.

    Hope everything works out fine!

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    Also glad that you don’t live in Puerto Rico where our nutcase potus is making a mark for himself!

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