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The Other Thing Michael Brune Did Not Tell You

January 26, 2013

By Paul Homewood–Watch-Now-A-Really-Short-Climate-Debate-on-CNNs-Piers-Morgan–Climate-Depots-Morano-vs-Sierra-Club-Warmist-Michael-Brune


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!

  1. January 26, 2013 2:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.

  2. Andy DC permalink
    January 27, 2013 12:02 am

    If you go back further to the 1880’s and 1890’s, there some extremely active seasons with respect to landfalling hurricanes, many of them major

    I believe 1886 had 7 landfalling hurricanes, including a catastrophic one that wiped Indianola, TX off the map.

    Another season, 1893 had a landfalling hurricane at NYC with 80 mph winds. Also had two major hurricanes hitting Georgia and South Carolina, one of which killed well over 1,000. In addition another major hurricane hit Louisiana killing approximate 2,000 and another CAT 2 that hit Alabama. Also a strong tropical storm hiting Delmarva.

    That is all in one season!!

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