Don’t Mention Low Tornado Numbers–It’s Not Fair!!!
By Paul Homewood
Dr Marshall Shepherd is President of The American Meteorological Society. Yesterday he complained on Twitter
“science lit very clear that tornado activity-climate change links weak, why r certain groups making record low tornado news “
Other contributors, notably NOAA’s tornado expert, Harold Brooks, pointed out that it might have something to do with the fact that alarmists had made a big deal about high tornado numbers a couple of years ago! To which Shepherd replies
“Exactly Harold, and I made the same point then as well, I think the tornado issue has been abused on both sides of climate disc”
So, just to put the record straight, sceptics are not claiming:-
1) Global warming will necessarily result in less tornadoes.
2) Lower tornado numbers are evidence of global cooling.
What we are pointing out is that there is absolutely no evidence at all to support alarmist claims that tornadoes are getting or will get worse. NOAA themselves say that there has been little trend in the last 55 years and the figures suggest a decline since the 1970’s in tornado numbers.
So, how on earth can this be interpreted as “abuse of the tornado issue”? Since when is putting the record straight, and correcting false statements, abuse?
But perhaps the most remarkable tweet from the good doctor was this:-
“Just follow the science literature. This graphic highlights what we know about links http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/images/gw/Extreme-Weather-and-Climate-Change-Infographic.jpg …”
And his link is this one from the Union of Concerned Socialists Scientists.
“Limited Evidence” of AGW increasing tornadoes? Limited? There is NO EVIDENCE!! None, Zilch, Nada, Bugger All.
It is sad when the President of the AMS cannot see the difference between one side making wild statements with no basis in fact, and the other side, which uses facts to put the record straight.
It is even sadder when he himself then goes on to quote one such claim.