|16 Sep 2005 @ 13:42, by swanny|
Well it strikes me as ill advised to rebuild
the Gulf Coast under the mounting evidence
that it is becoming more prone to such devestations.
It is sort of like tempting fate or foolish bravado.
Even Jesus who was not an architect but a humble
carpenter suggested building on a solid foundation
and I wonder if this is well... at least questionable.
""""""" Peter Webster, professor at Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, along with NCAR's Greg Holland and Georgia Tech's Judith Curry and Hai-Ru Chang, studied the number, duration, and intensity of hurricanes (also known as typhoons or tropical cyclones) that have occurred worldwide from 1970 to 2004.
Peter Webster discovered that the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes worldwide has nearly doubled over the past 35 years, even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped since the 1990s. The shift occurred as global sea surface temperatures have increased over the same period. The research appears in the September 16 issue of Science.
"What we found was rather astonishing," said Webster. "In the 1970s, there was an average of about 10 Category 4 and 5 hurricanes per year globally. Since 1990,
the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled, averaging 18 per year globally."
Category 4 hurricanes have sustained winds from 131 to 155 miles per Hour. Category 5 systems, such as Hurricane Katrina at its peak over the Gulf of Mexico, feature winds of 156 mph or more. """""""
From the Globe and Mail
"We'll Do What It Takes"
Friday, September 16, 2005 Page A1
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to shore up his storm-savaged reputation as a crisis-hardened leader, U.S. President George W. Bush launched a sweeping national effort yesterday to rebuild a new and better New Orleans and Gulf Coast.
"This great city will rise again," said Mr. Bush, a sombre, solitary figure delivering a televised address intended both to rally nationwide support for a massive rebuilding effort and focus the remaining years of his presidency on a noble, domestic cause. "Not just rebuild, we'll build higher and better," the President said, proposing a 21st-century urban homesteading plan to give free lots to poor people to build new homes.
"We will do what it takes . . . we will stay as long as it takes . . . to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives," the President said. But he offered few specifics and no price tag for a reconstruction effort that many believe will top $200-billion (U.S.).
In the 22-minute speech, theatrically staged with the President standing alone in a relatively untouched part of flood-ravaged New Orleans, Mr. Bush promised an urban renaissance that would address poverty, race and the country's gaping disparities largely ignored during his five years in the White House. """"""""