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Are Global Warming and Katrina Linked?

By James K. Glassman - September 9, 2005 12:00 AM

Shortly after the Gulf Coast was slammed by a Category 4 storm, environmental activist Ross Gelbspan wrote  in the Boston Globe that the hurricane was "nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service Katrina, [but] its real name was global warming." The idea that Katrina and global warming are linked has been parroted by politicians and pundits since then. Is there any truth to it? According to many experts, the answer is no.


To learn more TCS Host James K. Glassman interviewed:


Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University. Professor Gray has worked in the observational and theoretical aspects of tropical meteorological research for more than 40 years. He has been with Colorado State University's Dept. of Atmospheric Science since 1961, and has been a professor since 1974. Dr. Gray's hurricane forecast has gained international attention, and won him the Neil Frank Award of the National Hurricane Conference in 1995.


Dr. James O'Brien, Director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University, where he is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography.


Dr. Roy Spencer, is a principal research scientist for University of Alabama in Huntsville and is the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA's Aqua satellite. In the past, he has served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Click here to listen to an excerpt from this interview.

Transcripts of the interviews may be viewed here:


Interview with Dr. William Gray


Interview with Dr. James O'Brien


Interview with Dr. Roy Spencer


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