Oh, those crazy kids!
Here’s a satellite picture of Ophelia, Nate, and Maria in 2005. This from a new study issued yesterday by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which reports that global warming "increases the risk of further enhancements in hurricane activity," in the characteristically cautious language of scientists.
Or, as the press release puts it, a little more bluntly:
The study contradicts recent claims that natural cycles are responsible for the upturn in Atlantic hurricane activity since 1995. It also adds support to the premise that hurricane seasons will become more active as global temperatures rise. Last year produced a record 28 tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma all reached Category 5 strength.
I’ll see if I can get into the study and report further. For now: