I saw a tweet from Bill McKibben, author of the climate change book, Eaarth and speaker at Netroots 2012, that we were about to make weather history with the first-ever fourth named storm before July…
Here’s the news from Pennsacola,
Tropical Storm Debby formed on June 23rd about 220 miles SSE of the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Central Gulf of Mexico. Debby was the 4th named storm to form…making history. It was the first time in recorded history that a 4th named storm has ever formed before July 1st.
There are many in the Sunshine State who see these kinds of things as signs of The End Times, so it might be a good time to sell them Rapture Pet Insurance.
Kmareka’s readers know that anomalies happen. And anyway, what is meant by ‘recorded history’? NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is studying records from the mid-1800′s, which is piddling in geographic time.
NOAA is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season. Whether this early start is an outlier or a result of climate change will take a few decades to evaluate.