Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Where are the Hurricanes?

Thus far the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane season has been quiet as a proverbial mouse. That is not to say that things won't change. August and September are always the peak months of tropical development. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that this year has already not lived up to last year and the pre-season "hype". Today NOAA revised it's seasonal forecast downward, a few days after Dr. Gray out in Colorado did the same.

Wind shear has hindered development in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Water temperatures are not as warm as last year in parts of these regions either. I still expect significant storms to develop in the weeks to come.

Here's my little 'jab' at those who are sold on global warming as a cause for last year's spike in hurricane activity: Has the globe cooled this year?

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