Neal on Katrina

Neal Boortz has some great post-hurricane points this morning. Among the topics he covers: Looters, the Oppression Excuse that is being used to explain away looters, the European Left blaming Bush for the hurricane (it's all because of global warming, you know), the government edict that forced casinos to float, and a good defense against a news story claiming that a Louisiana woman now has “nothing”.

Check out the column if you have the time.

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Is there evidence that

Is there evidence that stronger hurricanes are the result of climate change?

As always with the global

As always with the global warming topic, it depends what you read:

- "Despite 1995's activity, a long-term (five decade) downward trend continues to be evident primarily in the frequency of intense hurricanes. In addition, the mean maximum intensity (i.e., averaged over all cyclones in a season) has decreased, while the maximum intensity attained by the strongest hurricane each year has not shown a significant change."
(http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Landsea/downward/)

- "The analysis by climatologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows for the first time that major storms spinning in both the Atlantic and the Pacific since the 1970s have increased in duration and intensity by about 50 percent."
(http://www.livescience.com/forcesofnature/ap_050731_hurricanes_stronger.html)

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That insensitive bastard!

That insensitive bastard! I'm going to complain to his station manager!

I think this raw data sums

I think this raw data sums up the frequency fairly well but does not by any means so any causality:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdec.shtml