Hurricane a coming

But not at us in south Florida. No, it's Iran who gets to experience the love this time around. That's right. Iran.

An unusual event is happening over the next 48 hours, as the first tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds, and major hurricane-force winds at that, is approaching the Gulf of Oman, to strike the eastern coast of Oman, curve northward, and make landfall on the coast of Iran. In the tropical cyclone best tracks and the modern era of weather satellites, there is no record of such an occurrence.

Emphasis mine.

Wonder if that NASA dude still thinks global warming isn't a problem?

Well, he does, sort of.
NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in the closed-door meeting Monday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena that “unfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical, and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it.”

“All I can really do is apologize to all you guys.... I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this,” he said.

So he's not sorry for being an idiot--in fact, he's not even admitting to his idiocy--he's just sorry it turned into a big deal. Great.

By the way, do you think a hurricane hitting a major oil producer who just happens to have never in the time period we've been tracking this stuff been hit by a hurricane is going to do anything to oil and gas prices? Say what you will about the local response to Katrina two years ago (and if you say much bad, I may hurt you), at least they've been through it and know what to expect. Lord knows what's gonna happen on the Iranian coast. Hopefully their government is getting them the hell out of the way.

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