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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Best Wishes to Max Mayfield

H/T Drudge Report

I learned today that Max Mayfield has decided to retire from the National Hurricane Center. Yesterday was his last day. I wish him the best and want to add that I appreciate his clear and professional assessment of developing and oncoming storms. Whenever Dr. Mayfield gave a report updating the predictions of an approaching storm I felt as if I learned something. When the global warming alarmists screamed that CO2 "emissions" are the cause of more frequent and more intense hurricanes he, along with a few others used reason and data to show why the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons were within natural variations and introduced us to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

As this article explains, part of his frustration was the "people and politicians who refuse to listen and learn". I remember Dr. Mayfield clearly calling for evacuation of New Orleans as Katrina approached while the city and state governments refused to demand complete evacuation until it was too late. Building codes along the Gulf coast are in major need of overhaul. The areas in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana where Hurricane Rita landed have a large number of poorly constructed homes and businesses. Buildings that look like they are falling down on sunny days, let alone during the wind and floods of a tropical storm. Levees and sea walls have been built around the world using the latest technology but here in the greatest nation on the planet we just pile dirt higher and hope for the best.

I doubt that Dr. Mayfield will ever read this. I hope I will see and learn from him again in the near future and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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