Quietest Hurricane Season in 10 Years

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Nov 27, 2006 9:07 AM

But the beauty of global warming is that you can blame anything on it! It's just like Bush.

Warmer than usual? Global warming!

Colder than usual? Global warming!

That little irony caused the enviros to change the "it" term to "climate change."

More hurricanes than usual? Climate change!

Fewer hurricanes than usual? Climate change!

Someone accused me the other day of being "anit-science" when it comes to global warming. Nah, not anti-science, but I am pro-skepticism, and climate change fanatics really push the envelope when it comes to narratives I'm willing to buy.

The idea that every single change in the environment and weather patterns can be attributed to global warming and human activity despite the fact that we've only been measuring such changes reliably for a couple of generations is about as believable as the idea that Bush is to blame for every single unfortunate incident to befall the United States and its denizens over the past six years. Of course, it's the same people who believe both, which makes me even more skeptical of the climate change fanatics. If your neighborhood climate change activist is wearing a "Buck Fush" T-shirt, it makes him somewhat less credible.

Anyway, no matter the cause, the good news is-- fewer hurricanes:

Barring a last-second surprise from the tropics, the season will end Thursday with nine named storms, and only five of those hurricanes. This year is the first season since 1997 that only one storm nudged its way into the Gulf of Mexico...

Storms were starved for fuel after ingesting masses of dry Saharan dust and air over the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say the storm-snuffing dust was more abundant than usual this year.

In the season's peak, storms were curving right like errant field goals. High pressure that normally hunkers near Bermuda shifted far eastward, and five storms rode the clockwise winds away from Florida.

Finally, a rapidly growing El Nino, a warming of water over the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifted winds high in the atmosphere southward. The winds left developing storms disheveled and unable to become organized.

Update: Global warming causes alarming nationwide outbreak of on-time flights over holiday weekend!

A dry and relatively mild weekend made for calm airports, railyards and roadways from Boston to Atlanta to Chicago to Dallas.