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Letters from the November 5, 2005, issue of Science News

4:18pm, November 1, 2005

Wind or fury?

("The Wind and the Fury" (SN: 9/17/05, p. 184) states, "In 2004, Florida suffered its worst hurricane season in 118 years, with nine hurricanes, five of which were classified as major." While it's true that 9 of the 15 named tropical or subtropical storms that formed in the North Atlantic basin last year strengthened into hurricanes, 6 of them actually became major hurricanes and only 4 of these hurricanes—Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne—directly affected Florida. According to the National Hurricane Center, only six hurricanes struck the United States at all last year.

Sean Potter
Chevy Chase, Md.

I have spent the past 30 years as a geoscientist studying the history of Earth and take great exception to a statement in the article: "Scientists are divided on whether climate change, induced by industrial and automotive release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,

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