Of all the global climate related news we cover at World Climate Report, we seem to spend more time on hurricanes (a.k.a., tropical cyclones) than any other subject. We could feature a prominent scientific article on hurricanes every month, and despite the evidence to the contrary, popular presentations on the consequences of increased greenhouse gas concentrations never fail to include something about the great threat we face from more and more hurricanes. As we have noted many times before, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly states in the Summary for Policymakers “There is no clear trend in the annual numbers of tropical cyclones.”
An article appears in a recent issue of the prestigious Nature magazine that at first might change the minds of the IPCC with the first sentence in the abstract stating “Hurricane activity in the North Atlantic Ocean has increased significantly since 1995.” The article is by a group of scientists from institutions in Sweden, Puerto Rico, Florida, Colorado, and Texas who focused their research of hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean. What starts out looking like a dream come true for the global warming crusade soon deteriorates into their nightmare.