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Matt Lauer’s voice over to begin Today,
“Good morning, feeling the heat. Two-thirds of the country dealing with the hottest weather of the year.”
Matt, it is summer.
Here is an excellent interview with a well-respected atmospheric scientist. Please note the comments with regard to the accuracy of global climate models (GCMs). In the comments section, one questioner asks why we don’t receive short term (seasonal) forecasts from the GCMs. I can answer that one: Because they are horribly inaccurate. That is the dirty secret of the climate models. They can’t make accurate forecasts for 90 days but we are supposed to believe their forecasts for 90 years.
Two recent articles have been brought to my attention that demonstrate, at least to date, there no increase in major storms due to ‘global warming.’
The first (hat tip: Roger Pielke, Jr.) has insurance executives — because there is so much money sloshing around because of a lack of major catastrophes — actually hoping for some big storms:
In other words, they can’t raise their prices because their competitors have enough money (because they have not been paying large storm claims) to keep rates low. So, no one can raise their prices.
The second article discusses a new movie about ‘climate change.’ The article begins with this paragraph:
It states — as fact — the “number of severe weather-related disasters” is increasing. Of course, there is no scientific basis for that statement plus the above article from the insurance industry trade publication contradicts that claim.
The article goes on to say,
filmmaker Michael Nash travels around the world for 18 months “in search of the truth about our changing climate and the future of mankind”
OK, for a year and a half, he’s traveling around the world actively looking for the “truth” about climate change. Does he find any of these “disasters”? Apparently not,
The footage he gathers, however, is often surprisingly mundane, since the crew never seems to experience any catastrophic climate events.
Does it ever occur to anyone that the reason “the crew never seems to experience any catastrophic climate change events” is because there aren’t any?
Note: I am not claiming that man does not affect the climate. Of course we do (as I have written many times)! But, the alleged ‘global warming catastrophe’ does not exist. Apparently Mr. Nash never realized the emperor has no clothes.
On many occasions, I have criticized climate science for its overreliance on obviously flawed computer models. This story from the Wall Street Journal explains how hard work in a hostile location may lead to higher levels of understanding the workings of our climate system.
Roger Pielke, Sr. has a post, Climate Policy ≠ Energy Policy , that is a must-read for policymakers.
No, I’m not talking about “Cap and Trade,” but rather the decision by the Miami Dolphins to charge $5 more per ticket to sit on the shady side of Sun Life Stadium where, they say, temperatures are “as much as 15° cooler.” That is a dubious claim (it may feel 15° cooler in the shade on a cloudless day), but I give the Dolphins credit for creativity in their pricing.
Hat Tip: Sports Illustrated.
For more on “Sun Life Stadium” from Dave Barry, click here.
Wichita has experienced the wettest three consecutive years in its history. Courtesy of the National Weather Service in Wichita, here are the statistics:
1) 2007-2009: 129.25 Inches
2) 1949-1951: 119.52 Inches
3) 1997-1999: 117.15 Inches
And, we may receive an additional few hundredths before 2010 gets here.
Wichita is not the only city that has been wet. St. Louis may set or be very close to a similar record.
UPDATED on New Year’s Eve: Looks like 129.32″ will be the final value because of the light snow that occurred between the original posting and the end of the year. We are not expecting any additional precipitation between now and midnight.