Expect More Houstons

From Bloomberg:

The winds that roared out of a supercell thunderstorm Thursday night leaving a deadly trail across Houston are on the rise in a warming climate, though researchers are still teasing out the exact relationship between a rapidly heating planet and relatively small-scale weather patterns.

Power remains out for almost 700,000 customers in the Houston area after an intense storm swept through the area with winds in excess of 75 mph (120 kmh), downing trees, blowing out windows and leaving at least four dead. Economic losses and damages could be between $5 billion and $7 billion, according to an initial AccuWeather estimate.

Here’s a visual aid from A.B. Smith, “2023: A historic year of U.S. billion-dollar weather and climate disasters,” NOAA (Jan 8, 2024) .

From the same document, a Year-to_Date visualization. Note that costs accumulate starting in July, and we’re still in May in 2024.


I’m glad the current administration has a group of people in charge that believe in science. If you doubt the relevance of my charge, think back to this document, released four years late, and only under court order, suppressed by the G.W. Bush Administration.

[link to document]

Now we have Florida Governor De Santis banning the term “climate change” from state statutes (as well as banning wind turbines in state waters and eliminating grants for energy conservation).

(By the way, if you think it’s only scientific eggheads that worry about climate change, see CBO here, here, and here . On macro modeling, see CBO-OMB (2024).)



8 thoughts on “Expect More Houstons

  1. pgl

    Houston alas got rocked again and it may happen again next week. I think Moses lives in Norman OK so my question is whether he is doing well.

  2. pgl

    Israel’s Gantz demand Gaza day-after plan by June 8, threatens to quit Netanyahu cabinet


    Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz demanded on Saturday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commit to an agreed vision for the Gaza conflict that would include stipulating who might rule the territory after the war with Hamas. In a news conference, Gantz said he wanted the war cabinet to form a six-point plan by June 8. If his expectations are not met, Gantz said, he would withdraw his centrist party from the conservative premier’s emergency government.

  3. Moses Herzog

    Republicans banning language now. How does the great DICKLESS Des Sanis (excuse my words to Menzie’s wife and all female readers) rectify this with the First Amendment?? Asking for Rand Paul.

  4. Ivan

    When I see these kinds of charts I always think about those morons who for decades whined that we could not afford to do anything about greenhouse gases.

    1. pgl

      I might be tempted to say that I miss CoRev but truth be told, this place is a lot better that he no longer can post his trash.

      1. Moses Herzog

        This scores big in the “not meant to be humorous but hilarious” column, OMG, Thanks for the laughs at the end of my drinkies here. Oh My hahahahah!!!

  5. Baffling

    There is no doubt extreme weather events have increased along the gulf coast iver the past few decades. It is an irrefutable fact. To deny is to deny reality.
    It is also a fact that population has exploded in these areas that are highly impacted by these extreme weather events. Again an irrefutable fact.
    The question becomes, does the government want to address this issue head on? Or should the government follow the lead of many partisan republicans who would like to bury their head in the sand rather than accept these facts.
    I will point out that the areas most affected by these weather and population changes are also red leaning areas. The longer we wait, the more costly the fix.

    1. Ivan

      “The longer we wait, the more costly the fix.”

      Or maybe not. We could just let it all wash into the sea. Those who don’t “believe” in global warming would be the last to move away and the first to wash into the sea. Two problems solved for the same dime.

      It’s already becoming impossibly expensive to get homes insured in Florida. But, hey, they voted for the little clown in white rain boots.

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