Episode #563

News Items

Who's That Noisy

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones all refer to the same weather phenomenon, differing only by their location in the world. http://www.siue.edu/MLTE/Thematic%20Units/The%20Weather%20Around%20Us/hurricane_facts.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    The deadliest hurricane in the US was the 1900 Galviston hurricane which killed 8-12,000 people, while the deadliest hurricane in the world was in 1970 in Bangladesh which killed an estimated 500,000 people. https://weather.com/tv/shows/hurricane-week/news/most-devastating-hurricanes-20130713#/1 https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/deadlyworld.asp

  • Item #3 Fiction

    Most deaths due to hurricanes are caused by flying debris or collapsed structures.

  • Item #4 Science

    In 2015 Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane on record, with maximum sustained winds of 215 mph (345 km/h), although it caused almost no deaths. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Patricia

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.’ - Werner Heisenberg