What’s the connection between Super Typhoon Haiyan and climate change? Despite the conflicting headlines connecting climate change to massive storms, the science really is unclear. And this is a problem that science writers need to be clear about. Tom Yulsman of Discover Magazine rounds up some very controversial and frankly terribly dishonest headlines about climate change and typhoons. Check it out if you have a chance.
Very, very interesting. "There are, in fact, conflicting reports about Haiyan’s strength at landfall. Remote sensing by satellites indicated peak wind speeds of 190 to 195 miles per hour, prompting Jeff Masters, director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, to say it was the ‘strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history.’ Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration pegged the storm’s peak gusts at 171 miles per hour."