Friday, July 28, 2006

Hurri-blogging

Also, hurried-blogging. The AP has a story about some new research on trends in hurricane strength.

MIAMI -- Scientists linking the increased strength of hurricanes over recent years to global warming have not accounted for outdated technology that may have underestimated storms' power decades ago, researchers said in a report published Friday. The research by Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center challenges two studies published last year by other respected
climatologists.

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The study claims historical storm data has been rendered out-of-date by new technology that better estimates the strength of hurricanes. He pointed to advancements in the quality of satellite imagery that is used to estimate a storm's strength when it can't be directly measured by aircraft or on land. In short, Landsea said, there were far more Category 4 and 5 storms in decades past than previously thought, because satellite imagery has improved so greatly.
Of course, this being science, and science being hard, another researcher has already fired back.
[Kerry] Emanuel [of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] discounted the Science piece and said he put considerable effort into accounting for changes in estimating storm strength.

``They ignore the most significant finding from my Nature paper _ that Atlantic hurricane activity is highly correlated with sea surface temperature, which is comparatively well-measured,'' Emanuel said by e-mail from the Queen Mary 2, where he is lecturing on storms. ``This cannot be explained away by invoking rather qualitative arguments about data quality.''
Of course, this new research could alter Emanuel's earlier work, which the article describes as "the first major research to challenge the belief that global warming's affect on hurricanes was too slight to accurately measure and that climate change likely won't substantially change tropical storms for decades."

Incidentally, the improbably named Chris Landsea created a bit of a fuss back in 2005 for publicly withdrawing from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He "[came] to view the part of the IPCC to which [his] expertise [was] relevant as having become politicized."

I hope to return to this in coming days. Hopefully I can shake off the mid-summer blogging doldrums.

Hat Tip: Drudge. Go ahead and click over. He needs the traffic spike.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Soccer Blogging?!

Soccer blogging! WTF? Anyway, slightly over five minutes into the World Cup Final and the Italians are looking like a bunch of thugs. They've already leveled a cheap shot on one of the French stars, trying to split Henry's head open with a forearm shiver, received a yellow card for another foul, and been hit with a penalty kick for another foul! Damn! I guess I'm going to have to cheer on the French. I hate that!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

My New Favorite Comic Strip

Dinosaur Comics! Dinosaur Comics concerns the adventures of three talking dinosaurs, T-Rex, Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus. Also, things get stomped. A young Canadian named Ryan North creates this wonderful madness. Now for some samples!

In this strip T-Rex and Utahraptor figure out what God is really up to. (This also falls into line with my wife's First Principle of the Universe: God ... plays ... jokes! I think I'll add a post about the things I believe to be true to the long list of posts that I have started, but not yet finished. Maybe I should rename this blog Unfinished Blogpost Theatre.)

This strip discusses the two very best things to be in this life.

A series of strips that begins here (just keep hitting next at the bottom of the strip until you reach the end of the story arc) explores whether or not goatees automatically make one evil. (Signs point to Yes!) (I may need to grow one of those.)

I hope you enjoy T-Rex's exuberance and lust for life as much as I do. If so, you can always petition your local paper to include it in their comics section.