It is not surprising that many people believe that extreme weather events are on the rise. The media constantly exaggerates their weather reporting.
Consider Hurricane Igor, which has 100 MPH winds – a category 2 hurricane. If it drops five more MPH, it will be a category 1. (Update : Igor is now a category 1 hurricane, with 85 MPH winds.) By contrast, a major hurricane is category 3, 4 or 5.
So how is the press reporting on it?
Fox News :
Bermuda has been extremely lucky in dodging major hurricanes barreling up the Atlantic Ocean but is not likely to dodge Hurricane Igor, which is on course to make a direct hit on the tiny island sometime Sunday night into early Monday.
Is the author being intentionally deceptive, or does he not understand what a “major hurricane” is?
(CNN) — Bermuda, which hasn’t seen a major hurricane in some seven years, is about to get walloped by Igor, which forecasters termed large and dangerous Saturday night.
If Bermuda does suffer a lot of damage from Igor, it will be because of the path of the storm, just west of the island. The storm surge is greatest in the northeast quadrant. But Igor is not a “major hurricane.”
The press is complicit in convincing people that the climate is changing. Disaster stories sell.