Jennifer Francis Admits She Does Not Know About SREX
By Paul Homewood
In her interview with GWPF on extreme weather, Dr Jennifer Francis was asked by Dr David Whitehouse to comment on the IPCC’s SREX report.
The SREX Report on extreme weather, published in 2011, concluded:
Projected changes in climate extremes under different emissions scenarios generally do not strongly diverge in the coming two to three decades, but these signals are relatively small compared to natural climate variability over this time frame. Even the sign of projected changes in some climate extremes over this time frame is uncertain.
And, as Roger Pielke Jr pointed out, the Report also states:
There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change.
This, of course, was all very much at odds with Francis’ view, as she had spent most of the interview arguing that extreme weather was rapidly becoming more extreme and more frequent. So, you would have expected her to offer some cogent thoughts when Whitehouse asked her, at about 8 minutes in:
“The SREX Report seemed to conclude that, apart from warmer days and nights, there was no significant trend in heatwaves, tornadoes, hurricanes – is that still the case?”
And Francis’ reply?
“I don’t know enough about what that report said on those topics to be able to respond”
After much umming and ahhing, she finally managed to assure us that her models told her differently. So that’s alright then!
I frankly find it astonishing that a supposed expert on extreme weather is not familiar with the work that has gone into the SREX, even if only to tell us where she differs.