Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Weather Firsts

Who thought global warming was a myth ... Some weird weather events

- A week ago, Cyclone Gonu was recorded as the strongest tropical storm since 1945 in the Arabic Gulf region. It peaked as a Category 5 along the coastline of the Gulf of Oman. It was the first cyclone in recorded history to enter the Gulf of Oman.

- Eastern Australia was battered by heavy rains and suffered major flooding and landslides this past weekend. So great was the impact that some compared it to 1989’s earthquake, near the same location.

- In 2004, Cyclone Catrina became the first cyclone to form in the South Atlantic and also hit Brazil.

- In 2005, Hurricane Vince became the first cyclone to hit the Iberian Peninsula.

- In 2006, super typhoon Chanchu formed in the South China Sea, hitting China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Taiwan.

What worries me is that these events might just be the tip of the iceberg as sea waters further warm up, which is happening according to the UN.


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