Monday, September 26, 2005

Severe Hurricanes Actually Becoming Less Frequent...

Some people are proclaiming that the example of hurricanes Katrina and Rita hitting land with such for and so close together is a another sign of Global Warming.

But, if they had done their homework, they'd find that strong hurricanes have actually been less frequent in the past decade or two (or three?).

Take this well-researched piece from The Drudge Report. Matt Drudge hits the nail on the head as Barbra Streisand tries to rally the troops around a "Global Warming Emergency." While in truth, Katrina and Rita didn't even hit landfall with hurricane category five strength. These recent storms are weaker than the ones that were common while Streisand was growing up...

DRUDGE:
"We are in a global warming emergency state, and these storms are going to become more frequent, more intense," Streisand urgently declares.

But Sawyer did not remind Streisand that a Category 5 hurricane struck the Bahamas with 160 mph winds -- when the singer was five years old, in 1947!

And when Streisand was 8 years old, a Cat 5 hurricane -- named "Dog" -- packing 185 mph churned-away in the Atlantic.

When she was 9, a Cat 5 storm named "Easy" ripped the seas with 160 mph sustained winds.

Streisand was 13 years old when "Janet" hit Mexico with 150 mph winds.

Streisand was celebrating her sweet sixteen as "Cleo" formed with 140 mph.

At 18, Streisand read news about "Donna" AND "Ethel" -- both storms carried 140 mph winds and formed 9 days apart in 1960!

One year later, when Streisand was 19, it happened again: Two Category 5 storms scared the world: "Carla" and "Hattie!"

"Carla" maxed out at 175 mph winds the year Streisand made her television debut on "The Jack Paar Show."

And who could forget Hurricane "Camille" -- which smashed into the United States with 190 mph, just as "Funny Girl" garners eight Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture and one for Barbra as Best Actress.

Up next on the weather warning watch, Streisand says to ABC: "There could be more droughts, dust bowls. You know, it's amazing to hear these facts."

Read the full article here.

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The Global Warming theory has yet to be scientifically proven. But don't get me wrong. I do believe in protecting the environment, just not to the level of the detriment of humans. It sounds strange to say that, but some environmental groups believe in doing anything to protect the environment, even to the point of putting humans at risk in other areas. These kind of priorities need to be based on common sense as well.
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