Nov
30
2007

Is the number of hurricanes rising, or are we just getting better at counting them?
Is the number of hurricanes rising, or are we just getting better at counting them?Courtesy NASA

The 2007 hurricane season ends today, and by most accounts it was fairly typical, with 14 named storms and 5 hurricanes. But Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, thinks those numbers are inflated. He argues that several of the named storms were not, in fact, strong enough to merit special designation.

According to the article, better storm-tracking technology has allowed scientists to identify and accurately measure weather events which, in years past, might not have merited “storm” designation, or might have been missed altogether.

Some people argue that this is an example of “climate change hype” – exaggerating the number of strong storms to make climate change look more severe than it actually is. Blogger Glenn Reynolds has perhaps a more charitable explanation: people in any profession want their field to seem important. If you’re in the hurricane business, then you get more attention – and more funding – if there are more hurricanes.

Earlier Buzz discussions of the 2007 Hurricane season can be found here and here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

I'm glad that I don't live somewhere where I can be in a hurricane I'm so scared of that.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I WOULD BE SCARED TOO.I LIVE SOMEWHER NOT CLOSE TO AN OCAEN. SO A AM HAPPY LOL

posted on Sun, 03/23/2008 - 12:00pm
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

i think that it would be a great learning experience to live through a hurricane but it would be pretty scary to witness to. dont get me wrong hurricanes cause a lot of damage and they also kill a lot of ppl but i think that it would be awesome.

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:23am
lucy's picture
lucy says:

i think hurricanes are scary but i wouldn't know for sure because i haven't been through one but i think its something we should all be caution about

posted on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 6:09pm
Emily P.'s picture
Emily P. says:

I feel bad for the people that died in the hurricanes.

posted on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 11:37am
dj 1013's picture
dj 1013 says:

who doesn't feel bad for them I think it's sad what happend to them but lets stop feeling sad for them and start helping them you can do so much just by thinking of what you can do to help them and fallow through with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 1:04pm
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

ya i agree

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 3:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i would be scared to death if i had to go through a hurricane

posted on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 4:55pm

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