TAMPA — Clearly too many computer geeks calling themselves climate scientists have too much time on their hands. One sure way to spice up an otherwise dull academic existence and get some publicity is to predict something outrageous, secure in the knowledge that gullible journalists will go along with the gag.
The tag-team of Ning Lin of Princeton and Kerry Emmanuel of MIT have come up with a doozy. This brash pair claims that before the end of this century Tampa might be hit with something they call a gray swan cyclone, packing 235 mph winds and producing a 36-foot storm surge.
Wow! That’s some prediction. But hey, if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly. My guess is this event will take place just after they get rid of all the alligators in the New York City sewer system. I’d worry about it more if I hadn’t already died from acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer, pesticides, and the Alar from all those apples I eat.