View Poll Results: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    I think the only honest answer is "Maybe." Unless someone has been accurately and faithfully measuring extreme weather events around the world for many decades (which they haven't), I don't see how anyone could possibly know the answer to this question.
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Of course not, though I could be convinced otherwise by some actual numbers.

    Even if there were an uptick in the number of weather events that caused significant destruction, I'd guess it would be mostly a factor of there being more people living in areas susceptible to such events.
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Yes, I blame El Nino.

    On second thought ever since Danarhea moved to texas.....
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    We are ostensibly in a more active hurricane cycle right now that is related to El Nino.

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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Here is a list of all the extreme weather for 1600- present.


    Here is the source for the image

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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by RyrineaHaruno View Post
    Here is a list of all the extreme weather for 1600- present.


    Here is the source for the image

    You know why that graph is complete bull ****?
    Prior to cataloged weather events, people weren't always around all those storms and hurricanes, nor did they even know what a hurricane, etc was.

    The majority of the increase in weather phenomenon is mostly because people are there to experience it and we have the tools to detect them.
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    I love how the graph acknowledges that its numbers are absolute garbage, then nevertheless says "How, we must ask, is global warming affecting the frequency of natural hazards?"
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You know why that graph is complete bull ****?
    Prior to cataloged weather events, people weren't always around all those storms and hurricanes, nor did they even know what a hurricane, etc was.

    The majority of the increase in weather phenomenon is mostly because people are there to experience it and we have the tools to detect them.
    Some food for thought...

    We've had seismographs since the 19th century and the technology has only improved since then.

    Thermometers have been around for hundreds of years.

    We've had radar since the 1940s, which was later improved to better detect weather and became more widely used.

    We've had weather satellites since the early 1960s.


    I doubt anyone would not know what a drought, tsunami, extreme cold, extreme heat, tornado, flood, wild fire, etc. are when they see one. It is however likely, as you suggested, that many of the extreme weather in the early 1900s was either not witnessed or not reported.

    I'd like to see a better break down of this graph to see what it is claiming there is more of as of recent.

    Yes, some of the early 1900s data could be ignored with their lack of weather detecting technology. Who knows if they even kept close record of weather in the early 1900s? But I feel our weather detecting capabilities were top notch after the 1960s. I wouldn't be able to confirm if this graph accurately shows the number of extreme weather in our recent history however, so until I see a better explained graph I'm going to ignore it.

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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Some food for thought...

    We've had seismographs since the 19th century and the technology has only improved since then.

    Thermometers have been around for hundreds of years.

    We've had radar since the 1940s, which was later improved to better detect weather and became more widely used.

    We've had weather satellites since the early 1960s.


    I doubt anyone would not know what a drought, tsunami, extreme cold, extreme heat, tornado, flood, wild fire, etc. are when they see one. It is however likely, as you suggested, that many of the extreme weather in the early 1900s was either not witnessed or not reported.

    I'd like to see a better break down of this graph to see what it is claiming there is more of as of recent.

    Yes, some of the early 1900s data could be ignored with their lack of weather detecting technology. Who knows if they even kept close record of weather in the early 1900s? But I feel our weather detecting capabilities were top notch after the 1960s. I wouldn't be able to confirm if this graph accurately shows the number of extreme weather in our recent history however, so until I see a better explained graph I'm going to ignore it.
    100 years of weather is a terrible way to measure, whether or not, the extremes have increased.

    What if 100 years prior to that we had 200 years of extreme weather phenomena?
    That would certainly change the results.

    It's just really, really stupid for someone to claim we have more extreme weather now compared to...... when?
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    Re: In your opinion, are there more extreme weather events these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    100 years of weather is a terrible way to measure, whether or not, the extremes have increased.

    What if 100 years prior to that we had 200 years of extreme weather phenomena?
    That would certainly change the results.

    It's just really, really stupid for someone to claim we have more extreme weather now compared to...... when?
    I agree.

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