Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Do Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More People...?

...because...sexism?

I'd bet no.

Apparently they looked at storms since 1950--but male names weren't used until 1978. From reports, I don't see any indication that they controlled for severity of the storm.

I mean, it's not the craziest conclusion I've ever heard. But it's exactly the kind of conclusion that people would love to prove, and exactly the kind that sends me to yellow alert.

My only point: I don't believe it, and you shouldn't either until more people get their eyes on the study, and we hear more analysis of it.

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