Thursday, September 4, 2008

アトランタ市のヒートアイランド Atlanta Heat Island Part II

Here, I will talk a little more about hurricanes, and the massive drought in the southeastern United States. In a previous post, I mentioned my belief that the people of the American southeast will have to eliminate the Atlanta heat island to prevent the region from turning to desert.


Well, in the latter half of the month of August, the people of Atlanta did have a great hope. This was Hurricane Fay. Many people thought that it would break the drought and fill Lake Lanier, the primary source of Atlanta water.


In fact, its projected track did have it hitting Atlanta head on. The storm, after leaving Cuba, was forecast to go straight north, parallel to the west coast of the Florida peninsula, and continue north, hitting the city of Atlanta directly.


But something strange happened. I have included a link below that gives you the actual course of Hurricane Fay.


As the Hurricane approached south Florida, it began to cross the peninsula to the east. It then reached the Atlantic Ocean, where it stopped for several days. Then it suddenly turned 90 degrees and headed straight west. Atlanta got very little rain, the drought is still strong. This kind of 90-degree turn is very unusual in a hurricane. It is my feeling that the massive amount of hot air from the Atlanta heat island forced Hurricane Fay to change course.


This is a very bad sign for Atlanta. Very little rain is falling naturally. Hurricanes are being pushed away by the heat island. In any case, simply hoping for a Hurricane is like hoping for a miracle. Hurricanes are rare events, and unpredictable. And the heat island is stronger than the Hurricane.


If Atlantan people do not change their lifestyle soon, and adopt measures to reduce heat, I feel the region will soon become desert.


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