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Cyclopsychic research breakthrough proves hurricanes/global warming connection

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:16 PM GMT on April 01, 2008

A stunning new breakthrough in hurricane research has conclusively settled the matter: global warming is making Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms more frequent. The new research, accepted for publication later this millennium in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, offers incontrovertible proof that global warming has increased Atlantic named storms by 57-67% over the past century. Using the pioneering new techniques of cyclopsychic storm detection and psychomortorodentiatempestology, the researchers, Professors Peter Webcaster and Judith Flurryfury of the Georgia Institute of Technophobia, and Dr. Greg Hallmonitor of the Colorado Association for Research and Modeling of the Atmosphere (CARMA), showed unequivocally that the lack of satellite measurements and aircraft reconnaissance in the early part of the hurricane record led to only a modest undercount of Atlantic tropical storms. Thus, more than half of the observed increase in named storms in the past century can be attributed to global warming.

"It's well-known that the number of Atlantic named storms has risen from 7-9 per year 100 years ago to 14-15 per year during the present active hurricane period that began in 1995," commented Professor Webcaster in an interview today. "Some MEEAT-loving hurricane researchers (Measure Everything, Everywhere, All the Time) have claimed that this rise was not real, since satellites and reconnaissance aircraft were not around to detect storms early in the hurricane record. We've made efforts in the past to quantify the number of 'missed' historical Atlantic storms using estimates of historical shipping traffic density, and computer regression models that compare recent well-observed storm activity to past storm activity. However, these studies have been pooh-poohed by the MEEAT men, who refuse to believe any science that comes out of a model. So, I began thinking about how we could actually go about observing historical Atlantic storms that were 'missed'. I began thinking the problem in a new light after watching my favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Timescape", where subspace entity mistakenly lays her eggs in the warp core singularity of a Romulan warship, creating a temporal anomaly that forces time to flow backwards. This inspired me to think outside the box, and it occurred to me that paranormal methods might offer a way to see back in time and make actual observations of past storms--and offer a technophobic solution to the problem, as encouraged by the charter of my university, the Georgia Institute of Technophobia."

Figure 1. Cyclopsychic observations of "missing" Atlantic tropical storms during the 20th century. All observations were performed by trained cyclopsychic Madame Cyclotropia. Note the significant drop in "missed" storms beginning in the 1940s, corresponding to the advent of aircraft reconnaissance, and in the 1970s, when satellite coverage of the Atlantic Ocean began.

Webcaster teamed with Hallmonitor and Flurryfury to experiment with a variety of paranormal techniques to make actual observations of past "missing" storms, using Ouija Boards, crystal ball gazing, the Magic Eight Ball, and channeling of restless dead spirits. Initial experiments proved discouraging, though, when the researchers attempted to perform the study themselves. "We were feeling depressed about how the research was going, having just stayed up late one Friday night in Greg's lab in Boulder trying to get the dang Magic Eight Ball to say something other than just REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN LATER," related Dr. Webcaster. "So, we decided to give up for the night and down a few shots of grape jello spiked with grain alcohol and delve into Greg's extensive collection of Zippy the Pinhead comic books. After a few jello shots and Zippy comics, we got feeling pretty loose, and, Yow! Decided to trek down to Pearl Street to check out the weekend psychic fair. Well, we got to staggering around the tents of the psychic fair, belting out the sorrowful lyrics of our own version of "Somewhere over the rainbow" we made up:

Somewhere, over the ocean
Back in time
Cyclones formed and decayed
Unseen by humankind

Somehow, we'll find out how many
Before we die
But it doesn't look good
'Cause the Magic Eight Ball lies!

Suddenly, we saw a mysterious shadowy figure beckoning to us from the entrance of a nearby tent, which was emblazoned with the words, Madame Cyclotropia: Psychic Readings for Troubled Atmospheric Scientists. 'I can help you find your missing storms', the seer in the shadows croaked, 'for I know much that is hidden. Come into my lair, and I will reveal the key to unlocking the mysteries of storms long past'. Greg and I looked at each other, shrugged, walked in her tent, and the rest is history."

Once in Madame Cyclotropia's tent, the researchers quickly realized that their limited scientific training could not hope to allow them to conduct rigorous paranormal research. Only a true cyclopsychic with "The Gift" could see back into the dim mists of time to divine the existence of heretofore unknown tropical cyclones. Using her cyclopsychic gift, Madame Cyclotropia correctly divined the past tracks of numerous known storms the scientists challenged her with. However, when asked to divine the existence of "missing" Atlantic storms that had not made it into the official database, she prophesied that she would only be able to do so if the scientists would write her into their latest grant proposal. This grant proposal would surely get funded, she predicted. The scientists eagerly agreed, and headed back to the lab to work on the new proposal.

Webcaster, Hallmonitor, and Flurryfury's proposal, titled, "Using a Trained Cyclopsychic to Divine Past Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity", was submitted to the Foundation for Atmospheric Research for Science and Education (FARSE) in early 2007 and accepted later that year. After receiving their grant money, the scientists began spending long nights in Madame Cyclotropia's tent, documenting her revelations from the four primary cyclopsychic techniques: Ouija Board, crystal ball gazing, the Magic Eight Ball, and channeling of restless dead spirits. According to Dr. Hallmonitor, "We were thrilled when the first three techniques we tried all yielded virtually identical results, showing the robustness of our experimental methodology. The three techniques all showed a noticeable drop in the number of "missed" storms in the 1940s, when aircraft reconnaissance became available, and in the 1970s, when satellites coverage began over the Atlantic Ocean. However, when we tried to channel restless dead spirits, we ran into a roadblock. We couldn't find any restless dead spirits with an interest or knowledge of historical Atlantic hurricanes. We happily attributed this to the propensity of dead meteorologists to wind up inside Heaven's Pearly Gates, but were sad that our research would lack this crucial final proof of its validity. We were about to give up when Peter then hit upon the idea of contacting the spirits of groundhogs, who are known for their weather prognosticating ability. Some of these prognosticating rodents might have unfinished business that would keep their restless souls adrift in the ether, available for consultation on weather-related matters. We coined word psychomortorodentiatempestology to describe this exciting new branch of hurricane science, and set off in search of gifted groundhogs spirits with this special skill."

Figure 2. Wee Willy One and Chucky before their departure into the hereafter. Which rodent's spirit would you trust to get accurate weather information from?

Indeed, Madame Cyclotropia was able to contact the spirit of "Wee Willy One", a famed albino groundhog that had once burrowed under the fair gardens of Wiarton, Ontario, and provided weather forecasts each Groundhog's Day up until his death in 2006. Wee Willy One proved to be testy and uncooperative, though, deliberately delivering incorrect storm information. The researchers sought out help from cyclotherapy experts from the Center for Disease Control's Weather Related Illness Division to determine if cyclotherapy might help Wee Willy One overcome his bad attitude. Cyclotherapist Dr. Sandy Chirpchuckle diagnosed Wee Willy One as a cyclopath suffering from rare form of cyclopsychosis. Ordinarily, cyclopsychosis manifests itself only in hurricane scientists and weather enthusiasts during the long, dull months prior to hurricane season. The despondent victims of cyclopsychosis spend long hours in front of flickering computer monitors in dark, gloomy rooms, obsessively poring over maps and statistics of hurricanes long gone by. The victims tend to become highly antisocial but never violent, and can be successfully treated with cycloactive drugs. However, Dr. Chirpchuckle diagnosed Wee Willy One with an extremely rare case of "shadow" cyclopsychosis, brought on by the cyclological trauma being rudely hauled out of his burrow each February 2 so that a bunch of cockamaimie humans could see whether he saw his shadow or not. "Shadow" cyclopsychosis is incurable, both in this world and the hereafter, so Madame Cyclotropia was forced to seek out other groundhog spirits. After months of effort, she finally found the spirit of "Chucky", a friendly groundhog that had once burrowed under the gardens of Nashville, Tennessee. Chucky eagerly provided accurate information on the "missing" Atlantic tropical storms that was precisely in agreement with the data collected from the other cyclopsychic techniques. "We were ecstatic," exclaimed Dr. Hallmonitor. "More jello shots!"

Hurricane experts world-wide are hailing the new findings. "These exciting results conclusively prove that even us blind squirrels can find some nuts," enthused renown hurricane expert, Dr. Kerry Readthemanual of the Massachusetts Institute of Technophobia. Dr. Readthemanual has been a leading proponent of the global warming/Atlantic hurricane link. Even former critics are praising the new findings. Dr. William Graymatter, Professor Über-Emeritus of Colorado State University's Center for Hurricane Observation, Measurement, and Prediction (CHOMP), said in an interview: "I've been in the hurricane business for 113 years, and I know good research when I see it. The findings of Webcaster, Hallmonitor, and Flurryfury are based on solid observational evidence and white magic. There's no black magic involved, such as the use of a computer model, so their results are impregnable."

Dr. Chris Blandsee, Chief Scientist of the Natural Hurricane Center's division of Global Warming Isn't Responsible for the Recent Upswing in Atlantic Hurricane Activity, and Even If It Was, We Wouldn't be Able to Tell, Since the Quality of the Atlantic Hurricane Database is Too Poor to Use for Such Purposes (NHC/GWIRRUAHAEIIWWWATSQAHDTPUSP), has also been critical of past research showing a link between hurricanes and global warming, maintaining that global warming isn't responsible for the recent upswing in Atlantic hurricane activity, and even if it was, we wouldn't be able to tell, since the quality of the Atlantic hurricane database is too poor to use for such purposes. It was his Congressional testimony, along with that of former NHC director Max Minefield, which inspired President Bushwhacker's administration to rename the National Hurricane Center the "Natural Hurricane Center" last year. (This action was also urged by the Government Anagram Accountability Office (GAAO), which found that the letters in "National Hurricane Center" could be rearranged to spell the ominous phrase, "Errant Herculean Inaction"--and also the disturbing, "Teenier Charlatan Unicorn", and the clearly unacceptable, "Inhale Cocaine, Errant Runt!", while the letters in "Natural Hurricane Center" could be rearranged to form phrases much more in harmony with the NHC mission, such as "Natural, Neater, Crunchier.")

Dr. Blandsee grudgingly gave ground in his comments today. "It looks like Webcaster, Hallmonitor, and Flurryfury (and don't try to say her name three times fast) have done some pretty rigorous scientific work," he conceded. "But they've written what is probably the longest and most excruciatingly dull hurricane science paper of all time. All those old storms and their analyzed tracks that they talk about, on and on and on, year by year by year. Ugh! A lot of good trees died to publish that paper. It was even duller than some of my clunkers!"

What's next for the pioneering researchers? "Well, CARMA and the Georgia Institute of Technophobia are collaborating on a grant proposal with Dr. Graymatter and Phil Flossblack of CHOMP to apply cyclopsychic methods in a new way--improvement of seasonal hurricane forecasts," said Dr. Flurryfury. "We've submitted a proposal to FARSE titled, 'Gray Magic: Using Cyclopsychic Methods to Improve Seasonal Hurricane Forecasts'. Lord knows, the forecast busts of the past two hurricane seasons have shown that Flossblack and Dr. Graymatter could use some supernatural help with their predictions."

April Fools!
Meff Jasters

Hallmonitor, G.J., and P.J. Webcaster, 2007, "Heightened tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic: natural variability or climate trend?" Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A 365, Number 1860, 15 November 2007, Pages: 26952716 DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2007.2083

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858. BahaHurican
8:38 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Mind u, Zoo, the island is about 21 miles long, so you can drive east west for a 40 mile round trip. However, if you took a trip straight down the middle, you'd never get more than about 4 miles from the sea on the north or south. New Providence is shaped like an eye.
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857. Ivansrvivr
12:39 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Surge isn't like a wave. more like a riverflood. there is no big crest in storm surge.
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856. hahaguy
7:39 PM EST on April 04, 2008
yes ivan thank god
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855. BahaHurican
8:37 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Australia has a surge record of 40+ feet. Surge took people off cliffs.

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854. Ivansrvivr
12:36 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Baha you are correct that haiti also contributed to jeannes weakening but once free from Haiti, jeanne strengthened slowly thank the Lord.
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853. zoomiami
12:37 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Largest wave I've ever seen was off the Jersey coast during a NEaster - it was a rogue wave, about 40" high - very scary watching that come in.
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852. BahaHurican
8:26 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Zoo, I was reading some old AMA journals from the '20s and '30s. It's interesting to see concepts that we take for granted being expresses as astounding new "discoveries" . . .
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851. Ivansrvivr
12:32 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Bouey reports 8 hrs befoe ivan's landfall indicated 40+(i believe 48) foot seas. The surge that washed the I-10 bridge 10=miles inland in Pensacola bay was 20+ ft with 20 ft wave action on top. The big hill that P'cola sits on saved it from being totally destroyed by surge.
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850. moonlightcowboy
7:31 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
I have a friend who is a longtime oil rig consultant - nice guy, been in the biz a long time. He told of a Katrina story where wave height had to exceed 100 feet out in the GOM. Quite a story.
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849. zoomiami
12:32 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
I didn't realize that - I've only been to Nassau once - didn't really have a sense of the size. Key West is very much like that - I lived there for two years, 5 miles is about as far as you can go in any one direction.
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848. KoritheMan
12:31 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Hey, everyone! Just crated a new blog. Feel free to check it out, although this one is VERY long. I don't expect anyone to read all of it, I just decided to try something different for a change. XD
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847. BahaHurican
8:20 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Zoo, it's hard to be more than 4 or 5 miles away from the coast here, since New Providence is only about 7 miles wide at its widest :o). I live about 2 1/4 miles from my nearest approach to the sea.
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846. zoomiami
12:21 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
This is interesting - very old, but shows the older storms with the technology they had then. Link
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845. fire831rescue
12:20 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
It's me again. Haven't had a look at the globasl models, but wht I have been going off of for my take on the 2008 season is the fact that 2007-2008 season so far mirros 1996-1997 season. That's why I say the GOM has a good chance of getting hit this year.
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844. Patrap
7:18 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Wind can do much damage , even away from the Coastline..inland. But only twice has Surge flooded New Orleans in its History...1965,and 2005.

The surge from Betsy in 65 actually had the Miss River flowing upriver at New Orleans at its height.Link
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843. zoomiami
12:16 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Thanks for the sites Pat - they are good reading. The flooding in Katrina really got to me - even though we have dealt with a lot of hurricanes - we've not really dealt with a lot of water. For the most part our storms have been about the wind.
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842. Patrap
7:14 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Margies Katrina Surge Series,..Best ever compiled I feel..Link

Lower Jefferson Parish Surge Link
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841. zoomiami
12:15 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Baha - how far from the water do you live?
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840. BahaHurican
8:11 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
835. zoomiami 8:09 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Baha - you're scary - answering the question before its asked!

Hey, great minds think alike! LOL
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839. Patrap
7:10 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Storm Surge Video,,In their own words..Link

More,in their own words,August 29,2005 Link
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838. NorthxCakalaky
12:10 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Tornado warnings around Charlotte,N.C. These storms should miss east, but still more storms are on the way.

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837. BahaHurican
8:06 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
I found the pictures of the post-Katrina flooding of intense interest, not just because they are so . . . unbelievable, but also because I know similar damage is possible here in a worst case scenario.

While most of our populations live on the larger islands with at least a few places higher than 40 feet, most HOMES are in the low areas near the coast. Plus some of the islands are very thin - 2-5 miles wide - making comparisons to Key West et al very realistic.
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836. Patrap
7:10 PM CDT on April 04, 2008

Better Predictions for Hurricanes' Deadly Storm Surges

By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer

posted: 22 March 2007 02:01 pm ET Link
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835. zoomiami
12:08 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Baha - you're scary - answering the question before its asked!
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834. zoomiami
12:06 AM GMT on April 05, 2008
Does anyone have info regarding the height the surge on the ocean reaches as it precedes the hurricane? In some of the information I see wave heights up to 40 or 50 feet - but I don't think that is the height of the "wall" of water moving ahead of a storm.
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833. BahaHurican
8:03 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
A general explanation of storm surge from here:

Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is tremendous.

The level of surge in a particular area is also determined by the slope of the continental shelf. A shallow slope off the coast (right, top picture) will allow a greater surge to inundate coastal communities. Communities with a steeper continental shelf (right, bottom picture) will not see as much surge inundation, although large breaking waves can still present major problems. Storm tides, waves, and currents in confined harbors severely damage ships, marinas, and pleasure boats.
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832. Patrap
7:04 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Certainly Baha..thats a fact. All the factors of Direction,Strength,,speed..angle, come into play for a given storm.Good and Bad according to ones location.

Thats the main reason I focus on incoming Impacts and after effects. They where the storm meets Humans and Commerce...
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831. BahaHurican
7:54 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
The reason why I asked about the continental shelf is because of the various "banks" on which Bahamian islands are located. These are areas of very shallow water (hence our name baja mar), with the islands usually situated along the edge. Depending on which direction the storm comes from, surge can be a major problem. Both Frances and Jeanne created problems for Grand Bahama because 1) it is extremely low-lying and 2)The Little Bahama Bank extends well to its north. With the There were extensive portions of the island, especially at East End and West End, where the land was completely inundated by the storm surge. And these storms were at the most low cat 3 as they crossed that island.

Think of the Bahamas as an extensive barrier island system. Really, we have some of the same problems as LA, including the increased population in low-lying areas.
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830. Patrap
7:00 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Post Hurricane Katrina Flights Over Louisiana's Barrier Islands Link
NWRC Rescue Link

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828. weatherguy03
7:54 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
April 9th. on CSU forecast.
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827. Patrap
6:49 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
The SLOSH data sets are available..where, Im not quite sure for that area.

Certainly,,heights in very localized island areas can see heights to High levels, but they rarely reach heights seen along the coastal Continental shelves. and inlets Such as Galveston,Tampa,..Mobile etc.

Heres a interesting PDF:Link
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825. BahaHurican
7:45 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Still, Pat, when the island's only 10 or 15 feet above sea level, the effect is basically the same. Rollover.

I'm also interested in the role of continental shelves / sea banks on surge. Wouldn't that increase surge buildup?

Sure wish I could get a SLOSH type program running for the Bahamas.
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824. KarenRei
11:31 PM GMT on April 04, 2008
"WWbe, I have the 1979 Nat Geo mag which the Cover story is GLOBAL COOLING! Is another Ice age ahead? The GW pendulum is simply taking you for a ride."

Funny you should mention that. I must refer you to this recently published paper on the "Scientists in the 60s and 70s believed we were headed for global cooling" myth, where they surveyed the scientific literature at the time:


Read it. And then never repeat the myth again, please.

[quote]Wizards and snake oil salesman - guru's and religious fanatics. That is what a scientist is who actually believes he can predict the future - and gather unto himself a faithful following of disciples.[/quote]

You've heard of the term "convergence" before, right? And know that convergence is a testable hypothesis, right? Nah, I expect way too much of you.

[quote]Now while I am not a GW believer[/quote]

It's funny how you hear people talk about how they're not "GW believers". How often do you hear people say, "Now, while I'm not a Big Bang believer"? Not bloody often. The science behind the Big Bang and alternative hypotheses that has been proposed over the ages is at least as complicated as that of GW, and no larger percent of astrophysicists believe in it than GW (nearly all), but most people take it in stride. Why? [i]Because it doesn't contradict something they want to believe[/i].

If you're going to just take the near consensus of science's word for something on one very complex topic without even questioning it, why, suddenly, do you become so incredible about it on another topic?

There are about 40-50 accredited, published scientists who oppose *some* aspect of GW (most of them not denying it outright, but only taking the position that there's not enough data to prove we're the cause yet). There are *several thousand* published authors in the field on the other side of the fence. And you side with the handful.

Have you ever even read the IPCC reports? I mean, they summarize virtually every published paper on the subject, so one would expect that if you want to take a stand on this issue contrary to what the overwhelming majority of scientists in the field accept, and you don't have time to read the huge numbers of published papers on the subject, you'd at least read a summary. That'd be *way* too much to ask of you, wouldn't it? Even if I gave you a link, right?


All the IPCC reports are is a summary of the published literature. That's it. The technical reports are summaries of the papers, the technical summary is a summary of the technical reports, and the summary for policymakers is a summary of the technical summary that doesn't use any big words. So, if when reading the technical reports, you doubt something, all you have to do is crossreference it with the paper, and you have, right there, what the paper says. I've done this many times, and not once found any distortion of what the paper says to the technical summary. Which is to be expected, since more often than not, the original authors added input to the process.

Of course, it's completely your call if you want to uncriticially accept everything that science says *except* where you don't like what they're saying, without having read any significant fraction of the papers on the subject, or even a summary of those papers.
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823. zoomiami
11:46 PM GMT on April 04, 2008
Along those lines, Pat, I was surprised to find out that Key West cannot have a significant amount of standing water due to sea level - once it gets so high - it runs back off the other side! One of those useless facts you pick up along the way.
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822. Patrap
6:40 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Thats not entirely the case.One needs a significant Coastline for a surge to Pile up against. The Islands dont equate to surge Height as much as a Larger coastline does. Sure energy tends to go around Islands due the lack of coastal area to pile up upon. A Island wont have near the surge a Coastal area will ..due to Hydro forces spilling around the island.
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821. hahaguy
6:42 PM EST on April 04, 2008
was there anything else that weakened frances besides the dry air
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820. BahaHurican
7:35 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Cat 5s are bad in the Bahamas almost entirely because of the surge. In contrast with Haiti, everything is so low that, like Cayman, a cat 5 storm surge can potentially wash over a number of Bahamian islands from sea to sea without much of an obstacle. While most larger islands here have a few hills around 100 feet high, many settlements are located within 30 feet of sea level, easily within the destructive range of storm surge. This, plus freshwater flooding, is responsible for the worst effects during cat 5s.
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819. hahaguy
6:36 PM EST on April 04, 2008
i've always thought the bahamas are a hurricane magnet
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818. BahaHurican
7:31 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Yeah. Those are cat 5s that have hit the Bahamas, as many as either the US or Mexico has seen since record-keeping began. They ALL passed within that 100 mile space northeast of Nassau.

Proof that the Bahamas is "hurricane" central.
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817. hahaguy
6:24 PM EST on April 04, 2008
r those cat 5's i see
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816. BahaHurican
7:20 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
I live in Nassau, which is on the island of New Providence.

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815. Patrap
6:16 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Runoff Flooding and surge are always the majority taker of lives in the Basin..sadly.

SPC Storm Reports from Today. Link
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814. zoomiami
11:13 PM GMT on April 04, 2008
2004 is the year that I'm thinking about - had friends that had a house & business on off Abaco some place - had to rebuild everything.
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813. charley11
11:07 PM GMT on April 04, 2008
Jeanne was a monster. It killed over 3,000 people! Twice as many as Katrina. It would have been so much better if it had spent less time over hispanola. Florida and the bahamas don't get mudslides, so no crowded villages being buried in the blink of an eye.
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812. Patrap
6:13 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
Actually..the Watch Boxes go all the way to N. Carolina Now.. Link
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811. hahaguy
6:12 PM EST on April 04, 2008
baha which island you on in the bahamas
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810. BahaHurican
7:11 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
Geez, Pat! That's about three times the watch area from before!
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809. BahaHurican
7:06 PM EDT on April 04, 2008
We've had some bad stuff in the last 10 years, but 2004 was the worst because we got Frances and Jeanne hitting Grand Bahama / Abaco within 3 weeks of each other. Other bad years were 1999 with Floyd and 1996 with Lili (which hit the central Bahamas).

BTW, these islands are both larger than New Providence, but are less populated since Nassau is on New Providence.
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808. Patrap
6:09 PM CDT on April 04, 2008
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