The Other Thing Michael Brune Did Not Tell You
By Paul Homewood
When Bill Nye pulled out (or was pulled out) of his latest encounter with Marc Morano on the Piers Morgan Show, he was replaced by Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s Executive Director.
We have already seen how Brune seemed reluctant to tell viewers that long term drought trends, in the USA in recent years, were, in fact, towards less severe ones, or that droughts are cyclical events which are tied into Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.
His second example of “the extreme weather that is here” was Storm Sandy. So what do the official figures from NOAA say about hurricanes and tropical storms, that landfall in the US?
Their “US Climate Extremes Index” includes an indicator for hurricanes/tropical storms, defined below:-
The sum of squares of U.S. landfalling tropical storm and hurricane wind velocities scaled to the mean of the first five indicators.
Since 1910, there have only been 23 years, which were less extreme than 2012, (and two of these were in the last 3 years).
Apparently the “New Extreme” is less extreme than the “Old Extreme”.
Meanwhile, when asked to discuss the facts, Brune tells us “Sure, well, actually I don’t want to waste any time on this”.
I think we know why, Michael!