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CO2 and Atlantic Hurricane Activity

by critic411 / December 3, 2008 8:29 PM PST

The official end of the 2008 Atlantic basin hurricane season occurred last Sunday (November 30). This year was an active and destructive season. My colleague, Phil Klotzbach and I were very happy to see that our forecasts for this year?s activity worked out well, as did NOAA?s seasonal hurricane forecast.

President-Elect Barack Obama said last week that ?storms are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season? (implying that this is due to CO2 increases). He is repeating what Al Gore has been saying for years and what was implied by thousands of media reports after the damaging Atlantic seasons of 2004-2005. Polls have shown that a relatively high percentage of US citizens think that human-induced global warming has increased hurricane activity.

Yes, the Atlantic has seen a very large increase in major hurricanes during the 14-year period of 1995-2008 (average 3.9 per year) in comparison to the prior 25-year period of 1970-1994 (average 1.5 per year). But, have rises in CO2 been, in any way, been responsible for the recent large upswing in Atlantic basin major hurricanes since 1995?
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The official end of the 2008 Atlantic basin hurricane season
by JP Bill / December 3, 2008 10:37 PM PST

And I slept right through it. (not the whole season...just the official end).

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(NT) As I recall, the year after Katrina there were none.
by Cindi Haynes / December 4, 2008 5:52 AM PST
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