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

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  • DrinkyMcGee

    I blame Glenn Beck.

  • DrinkyMcGee

    I blame Glenn Beck.

  • Haystack

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

  • Haystack

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

    • De Carabas

      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.)

    • Godozo

      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.

  • De Carabas

    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.)

  • Validemail

    that blows….

  • Validemail

    that blows….

  • Godozo

    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.

  • G0tl34d

    its 2012

  • G0tl34d

    its 2012

  • Pants Man

    GLOBAL WINDING! SOMEONE CALL AL GORE!

  • Pants Man

    GLOBAL WINDING! SOMEONE CALL AL GORE!

  • Anonymous

    “Well blow me down”

    —Popeye

  • Anonymous

    Billions of blue blistering barnacles….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Well blow me down”

    —Popeye

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Billions of blue blistering barnacles….

    • tehChromic76

      billions of blue blistering barnacles in ten thousand thundering typhoons

      • GoodDoktorBad

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

  • Anonymous

    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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  • ShadowMyth

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

  • ShadowMyth

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

  • Nivulus

    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.

  • Nivulus

    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.

  • TwistedH8

    HARRP!

  • TwistedH8

    HARRP!

  • http://profiles.google.com/christianco CD Coulon

    billions of blue blistering barnacles in ten thousand thundering typhoons

  • Anonymous

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

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    Wahh.. Makasih Info nya kk ^_^

  • Saywhat

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

  • Saywhat

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

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