Articles Tagged: Extreme Weather

Nearly 3,500 Days Since Major Hurricane Strike… Despite Record High CO2

As Subtropical Storm Ana churns off the southeast U.S. coast, the global atmosphere has exceeded 400 ppm carbon dioxide content for the first time in…well…who knows? And also on tap for this month (May 25th, Memorial Day) is another milestone: 3,500 days since the last time a major hurricane (Cat 3 or stronger) struck the […]

President Obama, consult Groucho Marx

President Obama recently stated that climate change was personal to him because it caused his daughter’s asthma. He has also made a number of other claims to justify his crusade to reduce CO2 emissions and suppress fossil fuel use. If he only made one factual error it would be easy to dismiss because no one […]

Northeast Snowstorms & Atlantic Water Vapor: No Connection in Last 27 Years

One of the theories of how snowstorms can be made worse is that warming oceans provide more moisture for fuel. While the theory sounds logical and even attractive, there are many ingredients that go into snowstorm formation. There has to be a synoptic scale disturbance feeding off the temperature contrast between the land and ocean, […]

The Little Blizzard that Couldn’t

It was going to be epic. The worst evah. Two feet of snow or more for New York City with blizzard conditions. But as I blogged about yesterday, the forecast uncertainty with this particular storm was unusually large. As early as yesterday noon it was looking like NYC might only get 6-12 inches. Yes, we […]

Storms are Normal: The Nuclear Weapons Equivalency

One of the popular (but incorrect) memes of the global warming movement is that storminess is getting worse. While attractive on an emotional level, there is little to no evidence that supports the meme. Whether it be tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, or any other class of weather event, there is simply no convincing evidence that […]

Spencer Discusses Extreme Weather & Typhoons

Institute Director Roy Spencer discusses the typhoon in the Philippines, links to climate change, and whether skeptical scientists deserve to be heard on national news reports. It’s a provocative conversation on CNN’s Piers Morgan show. http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/11/piers-morgan-opens-the-floor-for-a-feisty-debate-on-climate-change/?hpt=pm_mid

Hurricane Irene and Natural Disaster Fanaticism in the Climate Debate

Presidential politics have given media a new reason to cover climate change. By focusing on perceived differences on the issue among Republican candidates (ie Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, etc.), the most recent surge in news coverage misses a very important distinction. The question at hand is not what role human activity plays in […]

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