Couric the Green Climatologist Frets Seven Hurricanes "A Lot," Ignores Historical Data

<p>It was just a comment made in passing, but it was very revealing in its own way. </p><p>On this morning's Today show, in discussing incipient Hurricane Rita, Katie Couric observed &quot;if Rita turns into a hurricane, it will be the seventh.&quot; She then added pointedly added &quot;there have been a <i>lot </i>this year!&quot;</p><p>We can all read Katie's 'subliminable' message: </p><p>&quot;Gotta be the global warming/Bush's failure to sign the Kyoto Treaty/hole in the ozone layer/Halliburton/VRWC/Republican SUVs and who knows, probably the lack of 'free' national health care.&quot;</p><p>There's only one small problem with Katie the Climatologist's theory. Far from being &quot;a lot,&quot; seven hurricanes in a year is very typical, and far from the recent high of 12, which occurred 36 years ago.</p><p>Have a look at the chart below, which shows this. The peak of 12 came 36 years ago in 1969. Next highest was 11 in 1949 - tied 10 years ago during the administration of VP Al Gore. </p><p>Oh well, Katie. At least your heart is in the right, green, place.</p><p /><table height="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><div align="center"><img height="380" hspace="10" src="http://www.iso.com/studies_analyses/hurricane_experience/imgs/fig4.gif" width="576" vspace="10" /><br /><a href="http://www.iso.com/studies_analyses/hurricane_experience/exhibits.html">... Back to Table of Exhibits</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table><p /><p />

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