has forced the GOP will cancel the first day of its convention. I love the irony.
Take a look at this Time article
from 2008: "Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes?"
All these hurricanes in such a short period of time begs the question: are storms getting stronger, and if so, what's causing it? According to a new paper in Nature, the answer is yes — and global warming seems to be the culprit. Researchers led by James Elsner, a meteorologist at Florida State University, analyzed satellite-derived data of tropical storms since 1981 and found that the maximum wind speeds of the strongest storms have increased significantly in the years since, with the most notable increases found in the North Atlantic and the northern Indian oceans. They believe that rising ocean temperatures — due to global warming — are one of the main causes behind that change. "There is a robust signal behind the shift to more intense hurricanes," says Judith Curry, chair of the school of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
More recently, James Hansen of NASA, along with Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy, argued that global warming will necessarily cause both hot weather and increasingly violent storms
“The other extreme of the hydrologic cycle, unusually heavy rainfall and floods, is also expected to be amplified by global warming. The amount of water vapor that the atmosphere holds increases rapidly with atmospheric temperature, and thus a warmer world is expected to have more rainfall occurring in more extreme events. What were “100-year” or “500-year” events are expected to occur more frequently with increased global warming.
Of course, most of the right-wingers going to the convention deny that man-made climate change exists. Will the GOP platform reflect that viewpoint? I suspect so. But the Republicans won't have to defend denialism on national television, since that day of the convention has been cancelled by a hurricane.