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About the Weather, Man

by baldilocks

Con­sider this excerpt a pre­am­ble to a question.

There’s no ques­tion that Irma was and con­tin­ues to be destruc­tive. But there’s also no ques­tion that it was not nearly the storm it was pre­dicted by all the experts to be.

Last week, there was talk of mas­sive destruc­tion across [Florida], with dam­age esti­mates rang­ing up to $200 bil­lion. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levin called it “a nuclear hur­ri­cane.” Storm tracks last week showed Irma remain­ing a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane for a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of its trek across Florida. When Irma shifted to the west as it approached, it was described as the “worst-​case sce­nario” for the state.

How­ever, when Irma made land­fall in the U.S., it’s strength quickly dimin­ished and the actual damages

to Florida in dol­lar terms will likely be 75% lower than predicted.

While those dire fore­casts were being made, envi­ron­men­tal­ists and politi­cians were busy pin­ning the blame on global warming.

It was the same after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey caused mas­sive flood­ing in Hous­ton. It’s the case when­ever there is an adverse weather event. If there’s a drought, it’s because of “cli­mate change.” If there’s flood­ing, cli­mate change. Wild fires, cli­mate change. Bliz­zards? Cli­mate change.

So will envi­ron­men­tal­ists credit cli­mate change for Irma’s unex­pected turn for the better?

Dur­ing the onslaught of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey and as Irma was mak­ing its way through the Caribbean, this bit of Face­book logic was mak­ing the rounds.

So, here’s my ques­tion: if Don­ald Trump or some unseen actor can pro­duce hur­ri­canes and other types of weather phe­nom­ena at will, what’s all the cli­mate change fuss about?

Yes, I’m jok­ing. (Can’t be too care­ful these days.)

On a seri­ous note, much of the Caribbean was dev­as­tated by Irma. Pray for them and take action, if you’re inclined to do so.

FUR­THER SERI­OUS­NESS: The task set before Hous­to­ni­ans.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Consider this excerpt a preamble to a question.

There’s no question that Irma was and continues to be destructive. But there’s also no question that it was not nearly the storm it was predicted by all the experts to be.

Last week, there was talk of massive destruction across [Florida], with damage estimates ranging up to $200 billion. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levin called it “a nuclear hurricane.” Storm tracks last week showed Irma remaining a Category 4 hurricane for a significant portion of its trek across Florida. When Irma shifted to the west as it approached, it was described as the “worst-case scenario” for the state.

However, when Irma made landfall in the U.S., it’s strength quickly diminished and the actual damages

to Florida in dollar terms will likely be 75% lower than predicted.

While those dire forecasts were being made, environmentalists and politicians were busy pinning the blame on global warming.

It was the same after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in Houston. It’s the case whenever there is an adverse weather event. If there’s a drought, it’s because of “climate change.” If there’s flooding, climate change. Wild fires, climate change. Blizzards? Climate change.

So will environmentalists credit climate change for Irma’s unexpected turn for the better?

During the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey and as Irma was making its way through the Caribbean, this bit of Facebook logic was making the rounds.

So, here’s my question: if Donald Trump or some unseen actor can produce hurricanes and other types of weather phenomena at will, what’s all the climate change fuss about?

Yes, I’m joking. (Can’t be too careful these days.)

On a serious note, much of the Caribbean was devastated by Irma. Pray for them and take action, if you’re inclined to do so.

FURTHER SERIOUSNESS: The task set before Houstonians.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!