American Elephants


Historic. Remarkable. Devastating. Destructive. World Ending. by The Elephant's Child

(Chicago, 1871. A city destroyed. Very low CO2.)

We are indeed watching historic hurricanes, but not in size or — destructiveness. Irma comes in only 7th in the list of hurricanes that have made landfall on the U.S. We had quite a respite from serious hurricanes, but now they’re back, but not because of global warming.

This year we have not only have almost instant coverage and constant updates, but we have film from the intrepid pilots who fly over the hurricanes. We have pictures from the Space Station and satellite pictures delivered instantly to your computer or cell phone. 

But hurricanes are unpredictable. Irma was a Category 5, degraded to a 4, then a 2.  Was supposed to go up the east coast of Florida, made a turn and is heading up the west coast, expected to hit Georgia and the Carolinas, then last I saw is turning west towards the more central states. Unpredictable.

Will more information make us brighter? Probably not. Irma pulled the waters out of Tampa bay, and some residents promptly went down to the shoreline to see the water pull so far back. STORM SURGE! A storm surge can be 12 or 15 feet above normal. All at once. One of the brighter souls suggested shooting this #*”! storm, and many thought that was an excellent idea, while officials shrieked no! no! the bullets can be blown right back at you. Looters are busy and busy being taken in. Some wag remarked — At least bookstores are safe!

For more serious and informed information, and a bracing dose of common sense, visit Climate Depot or Watts Up With That  where you will find the silliness debunked and links to the comments of climate scientists who are experts in this stuff. Read the comments too:

The WashPost ist buyed by Al Gore and his co-operates. That`s the real fight Pres. Trump has to fight against the fake news media. But Trump is a scotch fighter with german blood, he will stand this media storm. Scotchs have been fighting over hundreds of years against the normans, saxons and vikings on the british islands and Scotland is still standing until today. It is, in line with Ireland ( which is an island) and Wales the last bastion af the once great celtic nation.

With a period of low hurricane activity, people have forgotten how bad it can be, and they are scared that it’s all falling apart: Here’s Peter Brannen from the Guardian: “This is how Your World Could End.” And as a rebuttal, here’s the always sensible Christopher Booker: “Hurricane Irma’s numbers simply do not add up  although the global warming brigade would like them to.”

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I have a sister in North Tampa (Lutz), and the power just went out at her house. She’s going to bed (she says that if she sees a school of fish swim by her window in the morning, she’s sleeping in). My grandmother lives on the opposite coast, and several of the permanent residents where her condo is have been complaining about not being able to use the pool because it’s so windy! That’s the attitude of a lot of Floridians.

Politico has a piece about Florida being the “paradise that was not meant to be”, saying that all people were not meant to live there. Everyone goes on and on about how everything is going to be destroyed down there.

I was in Deerfield Beach when Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead, FL, and it nearly wiped the town out. 25 years later, they were calling for the same thing. People are going to lose houses, and businesses will be disrupted or destroyed, but chances are, the people will stay.

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Comment by Lon Mead

I have been in Miami once to get on and off a Caribbean cruise very briefly, so I am very ignorant about hurricanes and tornadoes, cyclones (all the same thing?), Forest fires, earthquakes being snowed in, or floods I know how to deal with, well, flooding western rivers, not city floods. Hope your family stays fine, and doesn’t suffer much damage.

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