Where did all the global warming hurricanes go? (My Forbes article)

by Michael Fumento on December 30, 2009

in Blog

The cover of Al Gore’s new book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, features a satellite image of the globe showing four major hurricanes – results, we’re meant to believe, of man-made global warming. All four were photoshopped. Which is nice symbolism, because in a sense the whole hurricane aspect of warming has been photoshopped.

As I note in my article in Forbes, it was all really based on just two data points – with the names “Katrina” and “Rita.”

Now with both greenhouse gas emissions and levels in the atmosphere are at their highest, but this year had the fewest hurricanes since 1997, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the first time since 2006 no hurricanes even made landfall in the U.S.; indeed hurricane activity is at a 30-year low.

Whoops! So much for Gore’s cover and all the hullabaloo.

In a 2005 column, I gave what now proves an interesting retrospective.

“The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name was global warming.” So wrote environmental activist Ross Gelbspan in a New York Times op-ed that one commentator aptly described as “almost giddy.” The green group Friends of the Earth linked Katrina to global warming, as did Germany’s Green Party Environment Minister.

The most celebrated of these commentaries was Chris Mooney’s 2007 book Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics and the Battle Over Global Warming. Mooney, for the record, is also author of the best-selling book The Republican War on Science.

Yet there were top scientists in 2005 such as Roger Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, publishing data showing the Rita-Katrina blowhards had no business building a case around two anomalies. But his paper was squelched by Kevin Trenbarth of “Climategate” fame.

It’s fascinating stuff. Read it!

Richard Lawson December 31, 2009 at 1:35 am

I have a short essay on hurricanes and global warming here.


There is no consensus on the relation of hurricanes to AGW, except insofar as warmer sea surface temperatures are expected to contribute at least to increased intensity, if not to frequency.

Beautiful Girls Gall January 3, 2010 at 1:31 am

Global warming is becoming such an obvious problem that someone somewhere other than the US Preisdent needs to step up to help drive the bus!

ssm January 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Where did all the global-warming *warming* go?

Greenhouses warm, they do not whipsaw from hot to cold and back. This is now becoming the coldest winter in about the last half century in many, many places on the globe. What will they say now?

Kontii January 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm


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hmmm good

Ferboli January 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

what is ?

duh January 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Adding ice cubes in the water makes the water cold. Cold water cools the air. Glaciers have/are breaking off into the ocean.

Water cools or warms the air above it. What happens to typhoon seasons with cooler oceans and warmer polar seas?

What will be the weather system as the oceans cool and the polar seas warm?

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