You may think you are warning of impending danger, but you are actually doing nothing more than fear mongering. Florida (the entire Eastern Seaboard, actually) has always been hit by hurricanes. So it will be hit by at least one hurricane next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on.

The people who live there know this. They are prepared. You mention the fact that 77 people died. You neglected to put that in proper perspective. Considering the amount of damage wrought, the fact that only 77 people died is a great tribute to the preparedness of everyone in the affected area.

In any given season, there are generally between two and four Cat-4 hurricanes. Hurricane Ian is the second of this season. You may or may not have heard of the first one, Hurricane Fiona. It crossed the Dominican Republic as a relatively mild Cat-1 and then headed north, where it spent the rest of its fury hundreds of miles from any land.

Climate scientists warn us not to attribute any Global Warming effect to any storm or flood or drought...any individual occurrence of a weather event. Apparently, this warning falls on deaf ears more often than not.

The temperature of the Gulf is currently a little higher than average. Last year if was a little cooler than average. What is important is the trend and that has been flat for at least as far back as the 1930s. Regardless, there has not been any correlation between the warmth of the Gulf waters and the appearance or severity of hurricanes. If it was really the "rocket fuel for hurricanes," then why is 2022 the mildest hurricane season in the last 20 years?

(Btw, when you say "rocket fuel for hurricanes," are you quoting a climate scientist or did that particular bit of hyperbole spring from your own imagination?)

Besides all that, you don't even have the "scary scenario" correct. Global Warming will effect colder climates first. This will appear as milder temperatures at the polar regions and shorter, milder winters. This will reduce the relative temperature differencial between the tropics and the polar regions which will result in fewer and milder hurricanes.

Warmer climates are more stable than colder climates. If you want to be a climate prophet rather than a Chicken Little, you should learn a little more about, you know, climate.

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Tomm Carr

A retired software engineer who hates retirement with a passion. My hobbies are economics, philosophy and futurism.