The Agonizing Loveliness Of Global Warming Maps

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The maps over at GlobalWarmingArt are astonishingly fierce and beautiful, including this map showing the intensity of tropical storms. Other maps, below, show rising global temperatures and melting icecaps.

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The Astronomy Picture Of The Day site featured one of these maps the other day, and it's easy to see why. They're startling and informative, but also eye-catching. They dramatize our nascent climate clusterfuck in a way that's hard to look away from.

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Illustration for article titled The Agonizing Loveliness Of Global Warming Maps
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This map shows the tracks and intensity of all recorded tropical storms, cyclones, and hurricanes. The more intense storms, as defined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, are plotted in front so as to emphasize areas where powerful storms can develop, but not all disturbances in these areas will develop into major storms.

So how exactly does this show the increased intensity of tropical storms due to "global warming"?