Hurricane Center Too Quick To Label Storms

Heretical meteorologists are charging the National Hurricane Center with inaccurately labeling depressions or non-tropical systems as tropical storms which are then named. Why is it important?

The number of a season’s named storms forms the foundation of historical records used to determine trends in hurricane activity. Insurance companies use these trends to set homeowners’ rates. And such information is vital to scientists trying to determine whether global warming has had a measurable impact on hurricane activity.

Of course, the NHC denies it, but it sounds to me from the article that this shouldn’t be all that difficult to prove with numbers. The criteria for declaring that a weather system is a tropical storm are pretty specific.

Any meteorologists among the morons?

~ by Gabriel Malor on November 29, 2007.

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