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Sunday night, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas was caught in a fierce storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Winds gusted to 150 miles per hour. Thirty-foot waves rocked the boat. Four passengers were injured, none seriously, according to Royal Caribbean. When your bf sends you the video when his cabin window became a washing machine #anthemoftheseas#50ftwaves#greekpic.twitter.com/fvsAYOwuVy — Angelikoula (@angelgrk) February 8, 2016 The ship's 4,500 passengers were confined to their cabins as the ship tossed and turned. Their photos from after the storm show the devastation during and afterward: water sloshed from pools, deck chairs airborne, and broken glass everywhere. This was as of 7a this morning. All water from the pools is gone. Tons of broken glass. Very surreal experience. #anthemoftheseas A video posted by Joe Garraffo (@joegarraffo) on Feb 8, 2016 at 4:40pm PST "I was terrified — although I did my best to hide it from my wife," wrote Robert Huschka, the executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, who was on board. "The ship rocked side-to-side -- sometimes hanging at an incline longer than seemed safe. Large noises came from within the ship. We heard crew members run through the hallway. My wife and I tried not to look out toward the balcony of our small cabin. Our small son was with us. We each held one of his hands." Yesterday #AnthemOfTheSeas was caught in a fierce storm of the east coast of America. This video by Jacob Ibrag shows the state of the waves. #cruiseships #royalcaribbean #waves #storm A video posted by Cruise Ship Follower (@cruisefollower) on Feb 8, 2016 at 5:24am PST When the Royal Caribbean first docked at New York Harbor in November, a press release announced its arrival this way: "Attention Adventure Seekers: Your Ship Has Come In!" That turned out to be truer than the company ever intended. "None of us really expected an adventure like this," Huschka wrote. "Trapped in a small room, all by myself," wrote Brett Michael Dykes, a New York Times contributor, in notes on the cruise that the newspaper published Monday: Broken glass everywhere. I’d secured most of the breakables in the room but forgot about two cocktail glasses in the bedroom. Boat is shaking. Sound of swirling wind is constant… No other sounds. Eerily silent. No human voices other than the occasional announcement from the captain. The only sounds are those of rancor, things breaking, clanking, etc. This was just a little of what we experienced. #anthemoftheseas #stoptherocking A video posted by Scott-Sandy Graby (@sgraby83) on Feb 8, 2016 at 10:08am PST The National Weather Service had issued warnings about the storm days in advance. It didn't technically qualify as a hurricane, but the wind and waves were equivalent to a Category 1 or Category 2 storm, digital meteorologist Ryan Maue told NJ.com. @RoyalCaribbean How far was the ship leaning? This far! Someone get out your protractor. #anthemoftheseaspic.twitter.com/o4t4TgAcug — Greg (@flatgreg) February 8, 2016 The ship returned to Cape Liberty, New Jersey, where the trip originated, on Monday. #overthis #rocktheboat #anthemoftheseas #damage A photo posted by @leanna_nicole_ on Feb 7, 2016 at 9:30pm PST Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, has called for an investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board. "The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days," he said on the Senate floor Monday. "So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?&quo
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Royal Caribbean should have known better. That's the word Tuesday from weather experts who closely monitored the development of the storm that rocked the line's Anthem of the Seas on Sunday and Monday. The 168,666-ton vessel shouldn't have been allowed to sail southward from New York into the path of the growing weather system, which eventually packed winds of up to 100 mph and created waves in excess of 20 to 30 feet, WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue told USA TODAY. “The risk was easily avoidable as the storm was well-forecast by private and public forecasting outfits,” Maue said. Another climate watcher, Southeast Regional Climate Center climatologist Jordan McLeod, suggested that, at the very least, Royal Caribbean is guilty of poor weather analysis. "Did Royal Caribbean know about the forecast for a potentially dangerous storm in the days prior to the ship’s departure? If so, I would say it was negligent for them to sail through that area given that passenger safety should be their first priority," McLeod said. "If not, I think they should invest either in an in-house meteorological staff or someone to consult with the National Weather Service for cruise-specific weather forecasts." Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez on Tuesday told USA TODAY the line couldn't immediately comment on its decision to allow Anthem to sail toward the storm as it still was gathering information. But in a tweet on Monday, the line said the storm had been "unexpectedly severe," and a Monday statement from the line said wind speeds were higher than what was forecast. Hurricane-force winds and giant waves lashed Anthem for hours during the storm, sending furniture tumbling, smashing glass and collapsing part of a ceiling in a public corridor. While just four passengers were injured, according the line, passengers reported being terrified. Royal Caribbean on Monday canceled the remainder of the sailing, and the vessel is heading back to its home base in the New York area. “The cruise ship can easily take that pounding but the passengers inside surely did not have an enjoyable experience,” Maue noted. “Airlines take exceptional care to route traffic around areas of turbulence or rough air to avoid preventable injuries or damage to the aircraft. In the case of Royal Caribbean, the ship was routed into an area of ocean that would experience hurricane conditions.” Federal authorities soon could be looking into Royal Caribbean's decision to allow Anthem to sail toward a storm so strong that the captain confined passengers to their cabins for safety. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida on Monday called for a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the event. “The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days," Nelson said Monday on the Senate floor. "So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?” Nelson is the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the NTSB. Government weather watchers had raised the possibility of a large storm in the Atlantic as early as Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Prediction Center first issued an alert Friday at 1 p.m. that predicted "developing hurricane-force winds" Sunday in the Atlantic, according to NOAA spokeswoman Susan Buchanan. The first official warning from the Ocean Prediction Center was included in the offshore waters forecast at 3:34 p.m. Saturday, Buchanan said. The warning predicted hurricane-force winds increasing to 63 to 75 mph, in effect through Sunday night. The Ocean Prediction Center warning was issued before Anthem departed Saturday afternoon from its home base in Bayonne, N.J., in the New York area, for what was supposed to be a seven-night cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. It hit the storm less than 24 hours later as it sailed southward off the Carolinas. Royal Caribbean's decision to sail toward the storm could open it to liability from passengers, according to a maritime lawyer who often is involved in litigation involving cruise lines. "A strong case could be made that the cruise line ignored several weather predictions of the storm and imperiled the passengers’ safety," said Jim Walker of Miami firm Walker & O'Neill. "Royal Caribbean is clearly legally responsible for any physical injuries suffered by its guests on the Anthem of the Seas. The only question is whether the cruise line is liable for the purely emotional injuries sustained by the passengers." While there are exceptions, Walker said cruise lines typically are not liable when passengers suffer from fear and anxiety caused by rough weather as long as they weren't physically injured. Still, even if Royal Caribbean faces little liability from passengers, the event could take a toll on its reputation. "Such a visually striking event is sure to bring bad publicity, and so it did," said longtime industry watcher Mike Driscoll, who edits the industry newsletter Cruiseweek. But Driscoll doesn't expect the fallout to be huge. With the New Hampshire primary and the Super Bowl taking up the front pages of many major news outlets, it isn't even the top story of the day, he noted. "No winter season is without a cruise ship nightmare story, and 2016 is no exception," he said. "But (the Anthem event) really isn't as bad as some over the years: (the sinking of the) Costa Concordia, big norovirus outbreaks, etc. ... it will have a short-term effect, but no long-term impact on national cruise business" is expected. Christened in April 2015, Anthem is tied with sister vessel Quantum of the Seas as the third-largest cruise ship ever built. Royal Caribbean said the vessel currently is carrying 4,529 passengers and 1,616 crew members. About the ship USA TODAY Cruise was among a handful of U.S. media outlets to get early access to Anthem before its christening in Southampton, England. For our deck-by-deck tour of the vessel's interior areas and cabins, scroll through the carousels belo
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Earth’s temperature will continue its steady climb thanks to global warming over the next five years, with 2016 likely to rival 2015 as the warmest year on record, according to an experimental forecast released this week by the U.K. Met Office. With its latest annual effort at what is known as decadal forecasting, the Met Office is predicting that global temperatures will continue to rise from 2016 through 2020, with those years likely falling between 0.5° and 1.4°F (0.28 and 0.77°C) above the 1981-2010 average. The range of global temperature predicted for the period 2016-2020 is seen in blue, with the black lines showing observed temperatures and previous predictions in red. Credit: U.K. Met Office For comparison, 2015 was 0.8°F (0.44C) above that average, beating out 2014 by a good margin as the warmest year on record. This five-year forecast isn’t like the ones that appear on the evening news, rather, it is a research effort aimed at improving climate models. The goal is to get models to the point where they can have skill in predicting features like drought or seasonal hurricane activity a few years ahead, said climate scientist Doug Smith, who leads the Met Office effort. Such predictions would allow governments and societies time to prepare, he said. Other climate scientists, though, are wary of just how skillful such predictions can be and cautioned against drawing too firm a conclusion from them. Tricky Predictions Decadal forecasting, which began in 2007, uses the same climate models that are normally run to simulate changes across many decades, but only goes up to one decade out. The goal is to capture natural variations in the climate, like changes in ocean circulation or features like the El Niño Southern Oscillation, that are swamped by the signal of human-caused warming when looking out to the end of the century. Researchers start the model simulations using the current state of the climate system, in particular ocean conditions, “and by doing that, we can potentially predict any kind of natural variability in the climate system” as well as the background warming signal, Smith said. What makes the effort particularly tricky is that the prediction of natural variations like El Niño are typically only accurate on the scale of a few months, so looking out several years presents a serious challenge. “Currently the ability to do that is limited and even marginal, although theory and experiments suggest some skill should be developed,” said climate scientist Kevin Trenberth, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Smith says that over time the Met Office has upgraded its models and they have found that they have some skill in predicting European winters, rainfall in Africa and Atlantic hurricane frequency. In terms of global temperatures, he said that previous forecasts had captured the relative flattening of temperature rise for several years and the subsequent sharper uptick seen over the last few years. Global temperatures are already about 1°C (2°F) above those of pre-industrial times; countries have agreed to try to limit that warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. The Next Five Years In finer detail, the models used by the Met Office suggest that the heat released by the strong El Niño that helped boost 2015’s temperature will continue into 2016, potentially causing it to rival 2015 for warmest year. But the run of consecutive record warm years would likely end there, with the possible shift to a La Niña state later this year. La Niña is the cooler counterpart to El Niño, featuring colder-than-normal temperatures in the eastern portions of the tropical Pacific Ocean. It tends to overall cool the planet. Of course, there is still background warming at play, so 2017 would be “generally warm, but probably cooler than 2016,” Smith said. Trenberth said he thinks the Met Office forecast is likely a bit high, based on previous research he has conducted. He thinks the current El Niño has likely already had its biggest impact on global temperatures and that 2016 won’t beat out 2015. He said he does think, however, that there will a broader shift to warmer ocean conditions that will last for several years and that means that global temperatures will hover around the level they have recently reached before moving upward again, like stairs on a staircase. It is this background warming from the heat trapped by greenhouse gases that actually accounts for most of the predictability in future temperature change, said Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State. While each of the scientists not involved with the Met Office said they saw the potential usefulness of decadal forecasting, they said that any particular predictions at present aren’t at the stage where they can be used for any kind of decision-making. “These exercises are not entirely without merit, but their utility should not be overstated,” Mann said in an email. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said that while he thought the decadal forecasting effort was “interesting science,” it is still in the research phase “and so comes with a lot more caveats and an understanding that it might not have any skill at all.” Smith was more optimistic about the prospects of such forecasting efforts, but also emphasized their experimental nature. “We are developing these products and we are assessing them at the moment,” but they could one day be used to help areas prepare in advance for a busy hurricane season or the onset of drought, he sai
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