ExxonMobil and Chevron are some of the most influential climate lobbyists. Yikes


ExxonMobil and Chevron are some of the most influential climate lobbyists. Yikes

These intense hurricanes leave everyone drained, but there is more.

Rising instances of these mega storms are now prompting environmental scientists and researchers to explore on an urgent basis the underlying causes for these storms to occur.

So what's up with the weather?

We had seen a record gap in major hurricanes hitting the USA after one of the worst years on record.

But, just as King Canute could not hold back the tides, Trump and Pruitt cannot make climate change disappear by not talking about it.

Of course, the same can be said of our own state leaders. There's not an increase in the number of hurricanes and tropical storms per year.

Answer: While Irma was without question nasty, it wasn't globally record-setting. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing more than 6,000 people.

Irma is now rated at Category 3, with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

CUDJOE KEY, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Homes, boats, trees and other debris tossed by Hurricane Irma remain stacked up September 15, 2017 in Cudjoe Key, Florida. Irma was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall.

Fowles said he believes the USA government may spend at least $15 billion in hurricane aid.

The wrath of hurricane Harvey and Irma over the U.S. has left many dead and thousands displaced. However, this does demonstrate the accuracy of our long-term seasonal hurricane predictions as this year was predicted to be an above-average hurricane year. Harvey rapidly intensified as it approached land, an incredibly risky trait also exhibited by other hurricanes within the last 20 years, like Wilma in 2005 and Patricia in 2015.

Duke added that she had to talk to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about whether the storms were an "anomaly year or a trend year". Do these events prove our climate is changing? Midterms may provide Dems control - and chance to impeach How Missouri previewed Democrats' Midwestern slump MORE and other Old Testament prophet-wannabes. For example, "wind shear", the variations in wind speed and direction with height, can also cause storms under certain circumstances to weaken or to intensify. Over 65 percent of the people surveyed, for example, supported some level of effort being made to plan for climate change impacts. Storms will get worse.

The historic storm actually grew stronger in the immediate 24 hours before it made landfall in Texas, the bathtub-warm water acting like a ideal fuel for Harvey's fury.

Hurricane Harvey just drowned Southeast Texas. That lack of movement allowed for continued rainfall over many days - and that lead to massive flooding. A study by the Niels Bohr Institute in 2013 predicted that there would be a 10-fold increase in frequency of high-intensity hurricanes if the climate becomes two degrees Celsius warmer.

People who think global warming is a hoax often point to the fact that Earth does go through natural cycles of extreme heat and extreme cold, so how can people know that global warming is caused by humans? Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term". Also, calculations done Monday by MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel show that the drenching received by Rockport, Texas, used to be maybe a once-in-1,800-years event for that city, but with warmer air holding more water and changes in storm steering currents since 2010, it is now a once-every-300-years event.

Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in? Floods are worse; droughts are worse.

"What we need to focus on is access to clean water, addressing these areas of Superfund activities that may cause an attack on water, issues of access to fuel". "Is climate change to blame for powerful hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, and are more soon to come?"

These attempts to deny the science are, not surprisingly, backed up by voices like Rush Limbaugh, who claimed last week that the discussion of stronger hurricanes was based on a "desire to advance this climate change agenda" - and then promptly evacuated his Florida studio.

The weather records that Harvey and Irma set have prompted the World Meteorological Organization to consider retiring those storm names.

In addition, the leveling and paving of roads and housing developments doesn't allow the rains to run off as they would in natural marshlands.