Researchers say they have uncovered the climate system's "missing heat" and, in so doing, have punched a hole in the argument that global warming has slowed or even stopped altogether during the last 15 or so years. (Photo : Eli Duke/ Wikimedia creative commons )
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John Masters has this graphic of the highest gusting storms - the Top 13:
Consider the breakdown by decade, when an asterisk represents a single storm.
There are two ways that global warming influenced this typhoon:
(1) It gathered energy (and therefore windspeed) from the warm water of the Pacific.
This dataset, developed by NOAA/AOML, shows the total amount of heat energy available for the storm to absorb, not just on the surface, but integrated through the water column. Deeper, warmer pools of water are colored purple, though any region colored from pink to purple has sufficient energy to fuel storm intensification. The dotted line represents the best-track and forecast data as of 16:00 UTC on November 7, 2013.
(2) Sea level has risen farther and faster in Eastern Philippines than any other coast, therefore teh storm surge brought on by the storm was so much worse.
A road accident can happen for many reasons - but for all accidents, the speed of the vehicle or vehicles increases the probability of collision, and increase the probability of serious injury and fatality. Global warming influenced Haiyan in teh same way speed influences road accidents and their outcomes.
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Last edited by owedtojoy; 15th November 2013 at 12:30 PM. Reason: Correct table.
Haiyan got misreported in some places (e.g. Associated Press) as a Category 4, but blogger Coby has been on the case.
A Category 5 means the winds were strong enough to knock the wooden buildings and leave the masonry ones standing. Like this (aftermath of Haiyan):
The confusion seems to have arisen over different meanings of "sustained" and "gusts". For the Saffir-Simpson scale, "sustained" means for 1 minute, and Haiyan falls well within its Category 5 range.
AP Misreports Haiyan as Category 4 – A Few Things Ill Considered
Western climo-loons wish to deny poor people access to cheap fossil fuels. And that includes energy intensive materials such as concrete and steel, which are the best defense against tropical storms.
Fossil fuels are a critical part of taking people out of poverty. And poverty is what makes people vulnerable to disease, natural disasters, oppression etc.