Sunday, September 2, 2012

Issac, Leslie, and Katrina: Still Lessons of Hubris

In my last post I talked about a variety of issues related to sports, politics, and climate change.   This post is meant as a follow up.

The GOP convention got off with a one day delay, a mild walkout by Maine Ron Paul supporters who were naive enough to want real democracy at the convention, a truth-stretched VP acceptance speech by Paul Ryan, and a strange speech by Clint Eastwood to an empty chair.  Maclachlan still looks good in Romney's role if HBO want's to do a movie in a Blue Velvety/Twin Peaksy fashion.

This week it's the Democrats turn in Charlotte, North Carolina which is also no stranger to hurricanes.  Tropical storm Leslie (they are named in alphabetical fashion) is in the Caribbean now but is not expected to hit Charlotte though the remnants of Isaac might (see map in previous post).  Another storm Kirk blew harmlessly out to sea.  This convention could be a snooze fest then for four days.

Comparing this hurricane season to 2005 when Katrina hit New Orleans seven years to the day before Isaac.  As stated before this season has had about about the same number of storms as 2005 did so far as the lettering of storms indicates.  What is often not discussed is that in 2005 there were so many named storms in the Atlantic that the National Weather service used up the letters of the alphabet and had to go to the Greek alphabet all the way to Zeta (Omega is the last letter).  The strongest storm that year was Wilma, not Katrina, which was in October of that year. 

Isaac caused flooding in the deep south (in states that could benefit from Medicaid expansion) but nowhere near the damage Katrina did because they were better prepared in New Orleans.  In the upcoming election there may be some discussion of the role of government in diagnosing, combating, and remedying the problems caused by climate change but I heard little at the GOP convention.  Will there be this week in Charlotte?

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