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BBC & Guardian Not Telling The Truth About Cyclone Pam

March 20, 2015
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By Paul Homewood


Two examples of how we are not being told the truth by the left wing media about Cyclone Pam.

First, the BBC, in their report on 16th March, showed the above chart. By claiming that windspeeds of 300 km/h, just below those of Tip, they can give the impression that Pam was one of the strongest storms ever.

However, their figure of 300 km/h is grossly overstated. The true figure, as confirmed by NOAA within hours, was 145 kt, equivalent to 268 kph. As we have already seen, this is not an uncommon event, even in the South Pacific.

The BBC also state that the low pressure reading makes it one of the most intense tropical storms.

This is another grossly inaccurate claim, as there have been at least 37 typhoons in the NW Pacific alone since the 1950’s with pressure lower than this.

Then we have the Guardian, and their “blame it all on climate change” report, also published on 16th March.


They claim that Pam was “the most powerful cyclone to hit the South Pacific since records began”.

This is categorically not true. Based on 1-minute windspeeds, we know that, just since 1989, there have been three stronger cyclones in the South Pacific, and Pam also ties with Ron.

Year Sustained Wind
Orson 1989 180
Ron 1998 165
Zoe 2002 180
Monica 2006 180
Pam 2015 165

History shows that these sort of events happen all the time, but you won’t hear that from the BBC or Guardian.

  1. Bloke down the pub permalink
    March 20, 2015 1:39 pm

    Prince Charles tells the Americans that they need to lead on environmental protection because of the gathering storm. I guess the meme needed strengthening.

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    March 20, 2015 2:42 pm

    I actually do not believe NOAA either, the steady wind speed measured by Nuschool, which I have found very accurate, was about 100-125Km/H, the gusts would have to double that to get anywhere near 268Km/H.
    The satellite values do not seem to represent what is being found when the Cyclones pass over ground based measuring systems, all of the Cyclones & Typhoons of the last 2 years have been overhyped WindSpeed wise.
    Does Vanuatu have any weather stations at all?

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    March 20, 2015 2:54 pm

    Interesting, read this article about actual ground based readings.
    A Port Vila central weather station recorded 59Mph.
    Another Port Vila weather station recorded 76Mph with gusts up to 99Mph before going off line, whatever that means.

  4. tom0mason permalink
    March 20, 2015 3:12 pm

    The BBC and The Guardian like two synchronized swimmers in a sea of filth try to stay afloat while performing to Schoenbergesque Teutonic drinking songs.

    Yes, it is just wrong but amusing to watch from the safety of a fair amount of distance.

    • tom0mason permalink
      March 22, 2015 2:02 am

      And what has happened to the idea of dispassionately and disinterestedly reporting the verified facts?

      No not these days. No today’s news reporting is all about opinions and feeling — Facts? Who needs facts when the right sophistry mixed images of a helpless situation will emotionally move people. It’s just disaster porn for the masses and they love it. Makes them ‘feel’ involved, all from the cosy comfort of their favorite chair.

  5. March 23, 2015 1:59 am

    Reblogged this on Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch and commented:
    Further evidence regarding the ‘climate change’ scam.


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