Fleeing Gilbert : At 350 PPM CO2


During September 1988, Jamaica was hit by the second largest Atlantic Hurricane of the satellite era – Hurricane Gilbert. I was living in Houston at the time, and forecasters were predicting a direct hit on the city.  But white privilege rescued us, and Gilbert went to Mexico instead.


September 16, 1988 – Nation/world | Chicago Tribune Archive

Jamaica was devastated by Gilbert, and the Prime Minister said that it looked like Hiroshima.

Sep. 14, 1988 11:37 PM ET
KINGSTON, JAMAICA KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Prime Minister Edward Seaga said Wednesday that Hurricane Gilbert caused $8 billion damage here, with half this Caribbean island nation’s homes badly damaged and one out of every five dwellings destroyed.

He said eastern Jamaica, where Gilbert first came ashore, was hardest hit and looks ”like Hiroshima after the atom bomb.”

The state-operated Jamaican Broadcasting Corp., operating by generator, reported that at least 19 people were killed in Jamaica by the storm’s fury.

The storm also killed five people in the Dominican Republic on its sweep westward through the Caribbean before slamming into Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula Wednesday morning with 160 mph winds.

Jamaica’s Premier Reports Island Devastated by Hurricane With AM-Hurricane Gilbert, Bjt


If only we could go back to safe levels of CO2, like in 1988.


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12 Responses to Fleeing Gilbert : At 350 PPM CO2

  1. Jack Striker says:

    >>“But white privilege rescued us, and Gilbert went to Mexico instead.”

    The Deplorable Climate Science Blog: Come for the climatology establishment being furious, stay for the miscegenation establishment being furious, too!

    Not catchy, but still, that was hilarious.

  2. RAH says:

    Levi at Tropical Tidbits says that “there is no way” Matthew can continue to track SW as it is now. Right now according to the models, Kingston, Jamaica is in the cross hairs. The question of if this hurricane will strike the US is still open though currently the major models all have it tracking to the NE off the coast. But apparently what it comes down to is how fast the hurricane moves along it’s track. Slower movement increases the probability of it hitting the US eastern seaboard next week.


  3. RAH says:

    BTW at this time, though a CAT IV, Matthew is a much more compact storm than Gilbert was.

  4. Robertv says:

    Whatever the destruction avoid any ‘help’ from the Clinton Foundation.

  5. RAH says:

    Don’t look now but the forecasted track for Matthew is changing. All of the projections not show the track further east of what it was once it turns north. The European model first showed it going further east and the NHC track has also shifted a little east of Bermuda.

    The way I see it, the further east it tracks the better though if the Models are right the Bahamas are going to take a direct hit.

    Joe Bastardi also believes that Matthew will weaken to a CAT III soon and does not expect it to get back to a CAT IV until after it passes over the Bahamas.

  6. john says:

    Typhoon wind turbine can power Japan for 50 years from one typhoon says Japanese engineer.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey john! I watched the video and (nothing personal!) but I am deeply unimpressed. The biggest reason is that the idea you can get 50 years of power from one typhoon completely ignores the “Oh yeah? How are you going to store it?” I could just as well say, “One major hydrogen bomb will power Japan for 50 years!” — but is that practical? Also, the video mentions how the turbines will be kept from over speed by braking. Well, if you slow the turbine, you can’t extract all that 50 years worth of energy. Second, if you use frictional braking, all that energy that you don’t collect will show up as heat; not good for machines and prone to failure at the worst times. Vertical axis turbine have been around a long time and have their own problems; they tend to be inefficient, they must be kept lower to the ground, otherwise the height of tower plus vertical axis becomes unwieldy, they may be cheaper for one-off, backyard models, but not so for mass produced items. As for the magnus effect, yes that has been thought of years ago for wind turbines.

      The best place I ever saw that magnus effect used was a sailboat back in the 1920s.

      I cannot help but think that the video describes something completely impractical — and I really LIKE weird inventions!

    • RAH says:

      They’re FOS. Not a single major Ensemble indicates a strike on the US at this time so to definitively declare it is going to hit the US is just plain irresponsible fear mongering. This one shows is the nearest to the US all the rest show it further out.

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