The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yesterday announced that they were expecting more than the average number of hurricanes this year, up to 11. And three to six of those could be "major." The reason is higher than usual ocean water temperatures and favorable atmospheric conditions. (Not so much "favorable" to those on land, mind you.)
Of course, it's less the number, but more the intensity of the hurricanes, and as Gerry Bell, a forecaster for NOAA said, "It only takes one hitting you to make it a really bad year." Last year, for instance, only two hurricanes formed in the Atlantic. One, though, was Hurricane Sandy. Over 650,000 homes were damaged, and 8 million people lost power.
Coming on the heels of the giant tornado in Oklahoma, one sits waiting for three things: 1) those Climate Change deniers to keep ignoring science to the detriment of society, 2) conservatives in Congress refusing to aid those in desperate need, and 3) Pat Robertson blaming it on sinners, unless they're predominately white and conservative.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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