2006 has been a really bad year if you are that evil foe of mankind — Global Warming. (Someone should make a cartoon character!)
First, early snows in the Midwest. And now the news that the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season was a total dud. (h/t – Cake Or Death?)
Zero: The number of storms that formed in October, the first time since 2002 that no storms formed that month. Also, no Category 4 or 5 storms formed this year for the first time since 1997.
So what happened? Lots.
Storms were starved for fuel after ingesting masses of dry Saharan dust and air over the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say the storm-snuffing dust was more abundant than usual this year.
In the season’s peak, storms were curving right like errant field goals. High pressure that normally hunkers near Bermuda shifted far eastward, and five storms rode the clockwise winds away from Florida.
Finally, a rapidly growing El Nino, a warming of water over the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifted winds high in the atmosphere southward. The winds left developing storms disheveled and unable to become organized.
As they say about the stock market: Past results are no indication of future performance.
Unless you are Al Gore and his band of Loony Liberals who have a lot of money riding on scaring the American public about every cloud and breeze that comes by each year.
Here is my key question: If the over-active 2005 Hurricane Season, featuring Katrina, was Bush’s Fault…. does he get credit for the lack of storms in 2006? Or is that Nancy Pelosi’s success?
Global Warming (with his black cape flowing behind): And I would have ruined the Gulf Coast this year too… if it weren’t for you pesky kids!