How to end much of the fear of a Hurricane to this hemisphere?
Most of the worst storms that impact the Gulf Coast come from the extreme Western Atlantic or Caribbean.
Hurricanes form around areas of extremely low pressure over warm ocean waters,
(like those in the Caribbean and South Atlantic)
in the summer and fall.
Most Caribbean hurricanes actually begin life as tropical waves or depressions over the eastern Atlantic
(sometimes off the west coast of Africa).
and follow the trade winds west, gathering strength and often reaching their peak of power in the Caribbean basin.
Occasionally storms also form locally over the Caribbean itself.
Build and you might even buy to build, wind-generators and Solar Farms in the tropics of West Africa and the edge of the two deserts in West Africa.
Because the hurricanes in the Atlantic usually start as a dust storm in those deserts and do not become a major storm until it reaches the warming waters
(Global Warming) in the Atlantic.
Drastically reverse Global Warming!
What can residents in the Gulf region expect future storms to be like?
Two weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, leading hurricane expert Dr. Kerry Emanuel published
that he had discovered statistical evidence that hurricanes were indeed affected by global warming.
Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He found that the duration and intensity of hurricanes worldwide have increased by about 50 percent since the 1970s.
And that this trend directly corresponds with a global increase in tropical sea surface temperature.
The Kalahari Desert occupies approximately 900,000 square miles of land in southwestern Africa including almost all of Botswana, about half of Namibia and portions of Angola and South Africa.
The Kalahari Desert is home to a number of wildlife reserves such as the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which protects a diverse range of exotic and endangered animals, including the African Wild Dog and the Blue Wildebeest.
The Kalahari Desert is also home to the originally nomadic hunter-gathers known as the Basarwa or popularly known in the media as the “Bushmen.”
The Namib Desert begins where the Kalahari Desert ends.
Considered to be over 50 million years old by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Namib Desert is popularly known as the oldest desert in the world.
Its formal name derives from the fact that it occupies nearly all of present day Namibia’s coastal region.
The Namib Desert is over 30,000 square miles large and gets less than five inches of rain a year.
According to National Geographic, the Namib Desert is also home to the Sperrgebeit, one of the world most famous diamond deposits.
The Gulf of Mexico has seen some of the most destructive hurricanes on record.
Dr. Emanuel will share his groundbreaking research on how climate change can affect hurricane activity and discuss its implications for the Gulf region.