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Where Does Katharine Get This Tripe From?

March 20, 2013

By Paul Homewood




Katharine Hayhoe, Climatologist at Texas Tech University, was interviewed by Yale 360, an environmental propaganda outfit, in 2011. We have already seen that her claim, that “rising winter temperatures in Texas are a sign of climate change”, simply does not hold water as NCDC records going back to 1895 show no such increase.

But it appears this was not the only instance where she got her facts wrong.


She was also quoted as saying:-

The Northeast is particularly vulnerable to heavy precipitation events, not just rainstorms, but snowstorms. We’ve already seen a 50% increase in precipitation in the Northeast.”

Time to check the facts again, methinks!




It is certainly true that precipitation has increased in recent years, but 50%? The long term trend is 0.51”/decade, which equates to an increase over 117 years of about 13%.

Even taking the trend since 1980 only produces an increase of about 14%.


Ironically, the the headline for the interview read, “How to talk to a climate sceptic”.

Perhaps Katharine could start by checking her facts first and telling the truth?

  1. Ray permalink
    March 20, 2013 1:41 pm

    She presumably means the increase from about 34 inches in 2000, to about 56 inches in 2010!
    Or she *might* mean an increase of 50% in “heavy precipitation events”.
    Do the data exist for that?
    Similar claims are made regarding heavy rainfall events in the UK, but such events usually increase during periods of high rainfall.

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    March 20, 2013 2:59 pm

    Can you ask her?

    • March 20, 2013 4:17 pm

      She refuses to talk to me since I reported the Guardian to the PCC for printing inaccurate information regarding Texas temperatures!

      (And I mean this literally)

  3. John F. Hultquist permalink
    March 20, 2013 3:46 pm

    Tripe has made a long and honorable contribution to humanity. Comparing a “climate scientist’s” drivel to a useful product in a disparaging manner cannot go uncorrected!

    “Climate scientists” just make stuff up and feed it to the press – facts and science have nothing to do with this – there is no sense looking for an explanation.

    • Ray permalink
      March 20, 2013 4:11 pm

      The problem is that most of “the press”, don’t bother to check the veracity of the statements being made.

  4. March 20, 2013 8:28 pm

    Gee a lady green with only two names! I guess she has not snagged a man yet.

    These people make up whatever numbers they wish or pick sites to fit their hypotheses that they mistakenly call “theories.”

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  5. Andy DC permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:21 am

    Heaven forbid the Northeast has a dry year or two, like in the 1960’s you won’t hear the end about climate change induced drought! Unless the weather is perfectly normal, which it seldom is, these people will always have something to complain about. Plus line their pockets in the process.

  6. Brian H permalink
    March 21, 2013 4:34 am

    So the article recommends, “Lie like a rug.”??

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