Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

The trend lines for both hurricanes and tropical storms are down slightly. There is no truth that there are more of them or that they are more common. Or more powerful.

The earth has had extreme weather events forever and will continue to have them. This is in part due to the fact that our earth is hot in the middle, turns once every 24 hours and gets energy from the sun. 

This is a picture of all the motions and different components that make weather events. Or just gives us regular weather.

Most of the world most of the time has regular weather. We have warmed about a degree and a half since the Little Ice Age, which is a good thing. This chart doesn’t show it, but water vapor is the most abundant, important greenhouse gas. Water vapor is 75-100 times more of it than carbon dioxide.

Hurricanes and tropical storms have a slight downward trend.

We have had more than our fair share of years recently without any major hurricane touching down. Now we have one and something is blamed….

Hurricane Ida has caused billions in damages, people lost their lives in winds and floods, and now are living in the heat without electricity. It is a tragedy. It is a naturally occurring disaster. Hurricanes and storms have been doing this since the beginning of time. 

Long before the addition of man-released carbon dioxide, the 1780 hurricane season was the deadliest with over 25,000 deaths and very busy with a lot of hurricanes. There were four different hurricanes with at least 1,000 deaths each. This has never been repeated, only 1893 and 2005, each had two hurricanes that caused more than 1,000 deaths. 

The earth is a big place. There will always be a weather event somewhere.