Dr. Roy Spencer, a climatologist and leading skeptic who teaches at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and who also does work for NASA summed up his reaction to attempts to link global warming to tornado activity in his typically droll style. In a blog post entitled “MORE Tornadoes from Global Warming? That’s a Joke, Right?” Spencer took the alarmists apart over their latest spurious claim:
“It is well known that strong to violent tornado activity in the U.S. has decreased markedly since statistics began in the 1950s, which has also been a period of average warming,” he wrote. “So, if anything, global warming causes FEWER tornado outbreaks…not more. In other words, more violent tornadoes would, if anything, be a sign of ‘global cooling,’ not ‘global warming.’ He concluded:
Anyone who claims more tornadoes are caused by global warming is either misinformed, pandering, or delusional.
The National Weather Association, a group that represents thousands of operational meteorologists, forecasters, and television-radio meteorologists in the United States, issued a press release that was very critical of the alarmists. The NWA said, in part, that: “no single weather event or series of events should be construed as evidence of a climate trend. Daily weather is subject to extreme events due to its natural variability. It is only the occurrence of these events over decades that determines a climate trend.”
No self-respecting scientist would look at a single climatic event like last week’s tornado outbreak and draw ridiculous conclusions about global climate change. We’ve seen events like this in the past, like the Tri-State Tornado in 1925 (almost 700 fatalities) and the massive Super Outbreak in 1974 (over 300 fatalities). We’ll surely see them again. The only difference between then and now is that while everyone used to ascribe violent weather events to the whims of nature, today we are cursed with a group of dedicated leftists who are determined to use the caprices of the natural environment to score political points.
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