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A simple, factual timeline of Hurricane Dorian and #Sharpiegate

I try not to get involved in the day-to-day madness that has engulfed the United States’ government in the last three years on this blog. The mission is science, and that is as true now as it ever has been. But when people *ahem* start altering weather maps and passing them off as real, which is a felony, as a hurricane climatologist, I take that personally. So here is a really simple timeline with a few really simple maps to straighten this all out. Here is a time-lapsed map showing Dorian as it moved toward and then away from Florida. … Continue reading A simple, factual timeline of Hurricane Dorian and #Sharpiegate

The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900: A Review of “Isaac’s Storm”

Erik Larson’s 1999 “Isaac’s Storm” guides readers through the experience of the most deadly storm in U.S. history. Here are my thoughts on the novel and it’s translation into modern times. Continue reading The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900: A Review of “Isaac’s Storm”

Epic Map Fails (News Edition)

During my morning catch-up routine, I was floored by this gem of a graphic:   MSN isn’t the first news station to botch a map. In fact, it’s a regular occurrence at FOX and CNN. It’s not a surprise considering the U.S. is next to last in the world when it comes to geography. Here’s a collection of some of the most epic map fails.    Continue reading Epic Map Fails (News Edition)

On closer examination, Obama’s remarks not-so-promising

When I heard President Obama dedicated eight sentences to resolving climate change, more than any president in years past and the issue most-highlighted in his 2013 Inaugural Address, I was elated. Environmentalists like myself have grown impatient with Obama’s lackluster … Continue reading On closer examination, Obama’s remarks not-so-promising