Real World Graduation: Question 12

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There are about 85 named storms worldwide each year [1]. Prior to 1950, hurricanes were not officially named.  Hurricanes were given official names after 1953, and the minimum sustained winds necessary to qualify as a hurricane was 74 MPH [2].  In 2002, tropical storms also began to be named (having sustained winds greater than 38 MPH) in an effort to legitimize claims of “man-made global warming” [3 – 5].  Thus, the number of named storms has grown over time, due to the lowering of wind speeds used as the criteria.  Every such storm, whether a tropical storm, or hurricane, has the same characteristics: strong winds, large waves impacting the shore, and a lot of rainfall.  Why does every TV news outlet feel it is necessary to send a reporter to the beach before and after every storm to show viewers that this one will cause high winds, large waves, and heavy rainfall, exactly like all the others that have occurred during the past 100,000 years?

a) Because TV was not around for the first 99,960 years of hurricanes and tropical storms, and they are trying to catch up

b) TV anchors deserve a chance to do a little surfing

c) So there will be a photographic record of the damage, for insurance purposes

d) To conduct interviews with the local people, who can describe what they expect or what they saw afterward from the storm

e) Some combination of c) and d)

[1]     “Number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has doubled over 35 years”, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 16 Sep 2005 press release

[2]   U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

[3]   “NOAA inflating storm numbers and aiding political campaign for carbon restrictions”, The National Center for Public Policy Research press release, 30 Nov 2007

[4]     2007 Hurricane Season: In Like a Lamb, Out Like A Lion?”, The National Center for Public Policy Research press release, 30 Aug 2007

[5]     2007 Hurricane Update, Have Records Been Broken?”, The National Center for Public Policy Research press release, 10 Sep 2007

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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