With three major hurricanes having terrorized residents of the southeast just this summer alone, many are predictably wondering if man-made global warming is the culprit.  But the answer is a firm “no,” according to Oregon state climatologist George Taylor, writing for Tech Central Station.  To begin with, Taylor points out that major Atlantic hurricanes have not greatly increased in recent years, with the 1940’s and 70’s as high points, and the past decade about average.  But even more important is the fact that climate models, for all their problems, are unanimous in predicting that any global warming would take place in the polar regions, meaning less north-south temperature differences, and fewer, not more, hurricanes.

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