Irene a Hurricane?

On the first reports of Irene growing from a tropical storm to “up to” a class 3 hurricane I said to myself this is going to be yet one more opportunity for the media to hype up a non-hurricane since the doomsayers forecast of bigger, stronger and more dangerous hurricanes due to man made global warming has never come to pass.   Several times since Katrina tropical storms have come flying in and the media hyped them up only to be let down with the storms usually not even making category 1.

Now let me make sure to point out I’m not here to say a tropical storm hitting anywhere isn’t damaging and certainly isn’t a joy ride. But in the case of Irene when Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane? Answer, there is little evidence she ever met the definition.

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