A new study by high-level federal scientists may just vindicate those who doubt global warming is behind huge storms. The research meteorologist looked at the patterns of hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and concluded that warmer temperatures will actually reduce the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic and those that connect with the coast.
Since Hurricane Katrina, scientists — including the one behind this new study — have tied the rise of hurricanes to global warming and hotter waters that fuel them. Even Al Gore the climate wizard himself has tied big storms to high temperatures.
In the study he argues ''against the notion that we've already seen a really dramatic increase in Atlantic hurricane activity resulting from greenhouse warming.'' The findings published yesterday in the Nature Geoscience, predict by the end of the century the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic will fall by 18 percent, and that we're merely in the midst of a multidecade cycle. Until the end of that cycle however, storms will continue to be wetter and fiercer.
Critics say the method used doesn't accurately model storms — and that the number of storms isn't as significant as the severity. With hurricane season kicking off on June 1, does this study finally take the wind out of the global warming bluster? Is it one dissenting opinion that stands out for being contrary, or is it an example of truth bucking the eco-trend?