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        Born in Africa, a killer in America
        Apparently, 4 out of 5 storms that affect the US (including Hurricane Katrina) start in Africa. Claire Soares of The Christian Science Monitor has an article here about a NASA-backed study of storms that start off the coast of West Africa.

        For about a month ending in mid-September, the NASA-backed researchers will collect information about the initial stages of a storm. Once the storm's life cycle is complete, and scientists know whether it ultimately intensified or weakened, they will look back over the early data and try to pick out the characteristics that gave birth to a big storm.

        Personally, I'm all for some technology which would "shoot down" storms in the Atlantic before they reach the US. I'm just a little fed up of "preparing" for bad weather every summer.

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          At 7:30 AM, Blogger Black River Eagle said…

          This is a very interesting post Fikirte about how weather off the coast of West Africa affects hurricanes and tropical storms in the Carribean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. The CSM article states that only about 5% of the storms ever make it to hurricane strength, but what if that changed suddenly to 8-10% developing into hurricanes? Yikes!!

          The problem with scientists finding a way to "shoot down" these violent storms is that it could create a host of other problems with the delicate climate zones on Earth. On the other hand, what if we could figure out a way to "turn the storms" so that drought-stricken areas on the African continent could receive much needed rains? The Sahel and the Sahara regions would become a green paradise!

          Nice blog you have here Fikirte, very nice indeed.

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