Friday, September 23, 2005

Where was Kennedy in 1960?

posted by Rob at 7:51 AM

Someone please ask Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Al Gore and CNN to explain these stats (via WeatherMatrix.Net).

There were two Category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic in 1960, and another two in 1961. Between 1950 and 1960 there were 10 such Cat 5 storms. Fast forward to 1985 to present - and a time when CNN says "hurricanes have become significantly stronger." In the past 20 years we've had ... wait for it ... eight such storms, only two of which were in the 1990s.

The TimesOnline over in the UK today had a Q&A yesterday on Rita and global warming:
Although this has been an exceptional year in terms of the number of storms, there have so far not been as many as there were in 1995, when we had 19. There have been similarly active seasons dating back decades. In both 1960 and 1961 there were two Category 5 storms in the Atlantic region and in 1933 there were 21 storms.

If you discount Ophelia, which grazed the Carolinas, three hurricanes have so far made landfall over the US this year. In 1886, records show that there were seven.
I'll admit it can be argued that Bush and some Republicans come across as "anti-science." But this is just one example of the left and some Democrats being "anti-history."


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