Hurricanes Bigger than Irene

Warning: what you don’t know can still kill you

Earlier this summer I attended Florida’s hurricane conference, where I met with leading forecasters while researching this article for Scientific American: “Are Category 6 Hurricanes Coming Soon?”

Stormy weather in North Miami Beach
Stormy weather in North Miami Beach

Needless to say, it’s a disturbing thought. Run for the hills! Or if you live in the flatland called Florida, duck!

With Hurricane Irene gobbling up the Bahamas like gumdrops, we are being hit with another type of inundation. Disaster Drama. Oh how TV news loves to scare us, keep us glued to the set, and then retract overblown statements.

But don’t completely ignore them. Look at weather.gov. If Hurricane Irene is one day away from you, drop everything and get ready. As this article suggests, “run from the water, hide from the wind.”

Next I’ll share some interview material that didn’t make it into this article. Meteorologists are very careful not to link any one hurricane, an event of weather, to global warming, a measure of climate. They get very touchy about that.

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