Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier

Occluded Mesocyclone TornadoMason Inman writes on National Geographic:

The world has gotten stormier over the past two decades — and the reason is a mystery, a new study says.

In the past 20 years, winds have picked up around 5 percent on average.

Extremely strong winds caused by storms have increased even faster, jumping 10 percent over 20 years, according to the new analysis of global satellite data.

The study, the first to look at wind speeds across such a large swath of the planet, bolsters some earlier findings, according to study leader Ian Young, of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

“Some regional studies had found similar results, so we suspected there may be an increasing trend,” Young said.

Read More: National Geographic

32 Comments on "Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier"

  1. DrinkyMcGee | Apr 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    I blame Glenn Beck.

  2. DrinkyMcGee | Apr 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    I blame Glenn Beck.

  3. Haystack | Apr 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm |

    Isn’t this what you’d expect with global warming pumping more energy into the atmosphere?

  4. Haystack | Apr 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    Isn’t this what you’d expect with global warming pumping more energy into the atmosphere?

    • De Carabas | Apr 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |

      Actually the reverse is true. At higher temperatures there should be more uniform humidity, more precipitation, and less wind due to overall higher pressure. At lower temperatures the lack of humidity means lower pressure which means faster winds. If there were any possible way to blame this on global warming then global warming would be the only possible explanation you were presented with, especially in a national geographic article. Note the inverse is not true. Higher winds does not disprove global warming. You cannot prove a negative.(i.e. Global Warming does not exist, or Global Warming is not man-made.)

    • If I remember my classes right, wind develops from the difference in air pressure, and that seems to develop from temperature differences (highs from cool areas, lows from warm areas). And since the temperature difference between the poles and the equator seems to be dropping one would think there would be less wind.

  5. De Carabas | Apr 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm |

    Actually the reverse is true. At higher temperatures there should be more uniform humidity, more precipitation, and less wind due to overall higher pressure. At lower temperatures the lack of humidity means lower pressure which means faster winds. If there were any possible way to blame this on global warming then global warming would be the only possible explanation you were presented with, especially in a national geographic article. Note the inverse is not true. Higher winds does not disprove global warming. You cannot prove a negative.(i.e. Global Warming does not exist, or Global Warming is not man-made.)

  6. Validemail | Apr 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm |

    that blows….

  7. Validemail | Apr 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm |

    that blows….

  8. If I remember my classes right, wind develops from the difference in air pressure, and that seems to develop from temperature differences (highs from cool areas, lows from warm areas). And since the temperature difference between the poles and the equator seems to be dropping one would think there would be less wind.

  9. its 2012

  10. its 2012

  11. Pants Man | Apr 4, 2011 at 4:36 am |

    GLOBAL WINDING! SOMEONE CALL AL GORE!

  12. Pants Man | Apr 4, 2011 at 12:36 am |

    GLOBAL WINDING! SOMEONE CALL AL GORE!

  13. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    “Well blow me down”

    —Popeye

  14. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 6:45 am |

    Billions of blue blistering barnacles….

  15. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 4, 2011 at 2:45 am |

    “Well blow me down”

    —Popeye

  16. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 4, 2011 at 2:45 am |

    Billions of blue blistering barnacles….

  17. Anonymous | Apr 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm |

    An article from National Geographic. Note the reverse is not true. Stronger winds will not refute global warming. Can not prove a negative. (That is, global warming does not exist, or global warming is not man.

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  18. ShadowMyth | Apr 5, 2011 at 12:02 am |

    If you study the effects of chemtrails you will find your answers.

  19. ShadowMyth | Apr 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm |

    If you study the effects of chemtrails you will find your answers.

  20. The same day this article was posted, a 60mph “gust” of wind from a building storm blew down several trees and ripped the lamp off of a light post near my house. I had a “ya don’t say?” moment.

  21. The same day this article was posted, a 60mph “gust” of wind from a building storm blew down several trees and ripped the lamp off of a light post near my house. I had a “ya don’t say?” moment.

  22. TwistedH8 | Apr 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |

    HARRP!

  23. TwistedH8 | Apr 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |

    HARRP!

  24. billions of blue blistering barnacles in ten thousand thundering typhoons

  25. Anonymous | Apr 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm |

    Tintin and Captain Haddock could solve this -no problem….lol

  26. Wahh.. Makasih Info nya kk ^_^

  27. I always thought it was the release of the hot air in D. C.

  28. I always thought it was the release of the hot air in D. C.

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