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Excerpt: "The three storms collectively represent the most hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, in terms of strength and size, in recorded history. That's just one of many milestones."

Three hurricanes are all threatening land at the same time. That's never happened before. (photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty)
Three hurricanes are all threatening land at the same time. That's never happened before. (photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty)


Irma, Jose, Katia: We've Never Seen This Kind of Hurricane Power in the Atlantic

By Kate Yoder, Grist

09 September 17

 

he three storms collectively represent the most hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, in terms of strength and size, in recorded history. That’s just one of many milestones.

As National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake pointed out, the three hurricanes are all threatening land at the same time. Again, that’s never happened before.

Florida is bracing for monster storm Irma, which is expected to bring devastating winds and storm surges to the state on Saturday. And Jose just strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Saturday, marking the first time the Atlantic has seen two hurricanes this intense at once.

And though Jose hasn’t broken as many records as Irma, it’s forecast to hit some of the same Caribbean islands that Irma battered just a few days ago: Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla, St. Martin, and St. Barthélemy.

Hurricane Katia is also heading toward a place just ravaged by disaster. An 8.1-magnitude earthquake, one of the strongest in Mexico’s history, shook the country’s western coast on Thursday night. The quake caused at least 32 deaths, toppled buildings, and cut power for more than 1.8 million. Now, the country braces for Katia, expected to hit Mexico’s Gulf coast on Saturday as a Category 3 storm and bring life-threatening floods.

It’s almost as if something is going on with the climate.


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+7 # bread and butter 2017-09-09 13:21
The earthquake has nothing to do with that - unless the subject is fracking.

But the climate IS changing. The globe IS getting warmer.

We CANNOT have an honest discussion about any of this with Republicans.

Upton Sinclair put it perfectly:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

We need to DRAG the Republicans along kicking and screaming. We can't do that with Democrats too willing to cut deals with them, collude with them, and ALSO get all their money from the fossil fuel industry.

It's time to FORCE this issue LOUDLY.
 
 
+5 # Moxa 2017-09-09 14:12
Something IS of course going on with the climate. Each time we have a "100-year storm", I wonder if this is the time the penny will drop with the climate deniers? Usually the deniers are written off as stupid or at least very ignorant. But I wonder if anyone can be THAT stupid. I think there must be other explanations for the denial, which reason or even experience can't touch.

I think for most politicians it is a question of merely supporting what they think are their best interests, in terms of staying in the good graces of their donors. Perhaps some others are just so horrified at the idea that the world could become uninhabitable in a relatively short time, that they would rather not know about it.

Deniers are quick to point to whatever scientific evidence they can dredge up to justify their non-belief. But if they look to science for validation then they must have noticed that there is nearly 100% consensus among reputable scientists. So why don't they listen to them?

Even if there were only a small chance that the scientists are right, you would think it would be enough to motivate people to err on the side of caution.

I think we have to look suspiciously at climate change denial. It isn't what it seems. And we should not consider it another equally valid viewpoint, as so many in the media do. For even in the extremely unlikely case that all the scientists are wrong, we have nothing to lose by acting. Otherwise we stand to lose EVERYTHING.
 
 
+2 # Wise woman 2017-09-10 12:30
Moxa, you are correct. It's unfathomable that people could be that stupid. What I think it is, is ties to big money or a fear so great of the outcome, that they feel paralyzed to do anything about it. To combat that fear, they do the obvious - numb their minds through binging on food, TV, alcohol, drugs or shopping all of which do nothing at all constructive. It's the tail wagging the dog.
 

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