And you can see one-third of Bangladesh under water.
Limbaugh announced on his show Thursday that he would be evacuating South Florida, where he lives and broadcasts from, and would be off the air for the next couple of days as he rides out Hurricane Irma in a presumably safer location. Good lord, we've basically lost the fourth largest city in the U.S. How long will we continue dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with no regard as to the consequences? Once hurricanes form, warmer ocean temperatures provide more fuel. "That's the reason they develop only above water warmed to at least 26°C".
What you will hear very little about is why these kinds of unprecedented, record-breaking weather events are happening with such regularity that "record-breaking" has become a meteorological cliche. "The climate alarmists offer a vague prediction: Hurricanes may or may not happen in any particular year, but when they do, they will be more intense than they would have been if GHG [greenhouse gas] levels were lower", McKitrick notes. "In fact, the truth is the greatest enemy they face and they treat it that way".
During that same show, Limbaugh went on to pat himself on the back for predicting a slight change in the forecasted course of the hurricane based exclusively on gut instinct, thereby outsmarting the "big data analysts" who failed to call the 2016 election. "I didn't say I'm trying to replace the hurricane center or any of these experts".
Harvey was spawned from a tropical wave that developed to the east of the Lesser Antilles. The frequency or intensity of major storms is down since 1970.
Trenberth's observations contrast with that of Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Climate change gets credit for the pattern of increasingly devastating hurricane seasons, not necessarily for any one hurricane.
He also claimed to have read the paths of the hurricane and was certain it would curve into the Atlantic and not hit the US.
Follow Irma and developing storm Jose's trajectories here. That occurred on September 4 and 5. Several evangelical Christian leaders in Texas blamed Hurricane Harvey on gay people, and conservative outlets like Breitbart pushed editorials denying the link between hurricane intensification and climate change.
So the answer to the question "are these unprecedented back-to-back storms a sign of climate change", is No, nature cooked them up, and Yes, climate change nearly certainly made them worse. That statement is similar to what Georgia Tech's Webster and other researchers concluded in 2005. This is important for hurricanes in particular. "That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations". As long as we're doing that, we're signing up for more of the same - and worse.