Here we go again: a new study is being used to push the climate change narrative, and they are using the hurricane rating system to do it.
Yes, you heard that right. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has claimed the world’s most intense hurricanes, already a force to be reckoned with, are becoming even more formidable due to the rising temperatures in our oceans and atmosphere, hinting at adding a category six.
Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Jim Kossin, a retired federal scientist( a fed basically) and science advisor, have presented evidence that these supercharged cyclones are not just a theoretical concern. They found that the most intense tropical cyclones are gaining higher wind speeds and more intensity, a trend they predict will only continue as our planet warms.
Using a hypothetical Category 6, defined by a minimum threshold of 192 mph, they analyzed hurricanes and typhoons since the start of the modern satellite era around 1980. Astonishingly, all five storms that met this criterion occurred in the last decade, signaling a clear escalation in storm intensity (imagine that, yes, sarcasm).
Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to note that the study isn’t suggesting we officially adopt a Category 6. Instead, it aims to spark a conversation on how we communicate risk in our warming world. As Jim Kossin puts it, the traditional Category 5 rating underestimates the danger these superstorms pose.
This is part of a reflex narrative that the study aims to use as “evidence” to support the next destructive hurricane that hits the United States. Notice how they are moving language from hurricane categories to “superstorm.” This is just like the same nonsense over the gas stove ban.
But why stop at Category 5? The concept of a Category 6 isn’t new. Climate scientist Michael Mann has been vocal about the emergence of these “monster storms,” a direct consequence of human-caused warming. His commentary alongside the study presents an objective case for expanding the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to reflect the reality of climate change.
Again, notice the language change is not about categories. It’s “monster storms.”
It’s crucial to remember, though, that the Saffir-Simpson scale, while a useful tool, only measures wind speed. It doesn’t account for other deadly aspects of hurricanes, like storm surges and rainfall-driven flooding. This is why the National Hurricane Center focuses on conveying the full range of hazards rather than just the wind category.
Folks, a category five hurricane is wind speeds over 157 mph. In other words, this thing is big and bad; get out of the way. You don’t need another category, and if you decide to stay put when a Cat 5 comes ashore, that’s on you. Everything else is alarmist.
This is all about relabeling things to fit an agenda.