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The Age Of Disinformation

May 30, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




As we know, the usual suspects have been trying to pretend that the Houston floods are unprecedented and caused by “climate change”.      

Steve Goddard and I have showed that this is just nonsense.

It is good, therefore, to see that a proper meteorologist, James Spann, has come out to say the same thing:-


The Age Of Disinformation

I have been a professional meteorologist for 36 years. Since my debut on television in 1979, I have been an eyewitness to the many changes in technology, society, and how we communicate. I am one who embraces change, and celebrates the higher quality of life we enjoy now thanks to this progress.

But, at the same time, I realize the instant communication platforms we enjoy now do have some negatives that are troubling. Just a few examples in recent days…

I would say hundreds of people have sent this image to me over the past 24 hours via social media.




Comments are attached… like “This is a cloud never seen before in the U.S.”… “can’t you see this is due to government manipulation of the weather from chemtrails”… “no doubt this is a sign of the end of the age”.

Let’s get real. This is a lenticular cloud. They have always been around, and quite frankly aren’t that unusual (although it is an anomaly to see one away from a mountain range). The one thing that is different today is that almost everyone has a camera phone, and almost everyone shares pictures of weather events. You didn’t see these often in earlier decades because technology didn’t allow it. Lenticular clouds are nothing new. But, yes, they are cool to see.

No doubt national news media outlets are out of control when it comes to weather coverage, and their idiotic claims find their way to us on a daily basis.

The Houston flooding is a great example. We are being told this is “unprecedented”… Houston is “under water”… and it is due to manmade global warming.

Yes, the flooding in Houston yesterday was severe, and a serious threat to life and property. A genuine weather disaster that has brought on suffering.

But, no, this was not “unprecedented”. Flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 was more widespread, and flood waters were deeper. There is no comparison. In fact, many circulated this image in recent days, claiming it is “Houston underwater” from the flooding of May 25–26, 2015. The truth is that this image was captured in June 2001 during flooding from Allison. [Note – there is no link to this, so the provenance is uncertain]



Flood events in 2009, 2006, 1998, 1994, 1989, 1983, and 1979 brought higher water levels to most of Houston, and there were many very serious flood events before the 1970s.

On the other issue, the entire climate change situation has become politicized, which I hate. Those on the right, and those on the left hang out in “echo chambers”, listening to those with similar world views refusing to believe anything else could be true.

Everyone knows the climate is changing; it always has, and always will. I do not know of a single “climate denier”. I am still waiting to meet one.  

The debate involves the anthropogenic impact, and this is not why I am writing this piece. Let’s just say the Houston flood this week is weather, and not climate, and leave it at that.

I do encourage you to listen to the opposing point of view in the climate debate, but be sure the person you hear admits they can be wrong, and has no financial interest in the issue. Unfortunately, those kind of qualified people are very hard to find these days. It is also hard to find people that discss climate without using the words “neocon” and “libtard”. I honestly can’t stand politics; it is tearing this nation apart.

Back to my point… many professional meteorologists feel like we are fighting a losing battle when it comes to national media and social media hype and disinformation. They will be sure to let you know that weather events they are reporting on are “unprecedented”, there are “millions and millions in the path”, it is caused by a “monster storm”, and “the worst is yet to come” since these events are becoming more “frequent”.

You will never hear about the low tornado count in recent years, the lack of major hurricane landfalls on U.S. coasts over the past 10 years, or the low number of wildfires this year. It doesn’t fit their story. But, never let facts get in the way of a good story…. there will ALWAYS be a heat wave, flood, wildfire, tornado, tyhpoon, cold wave, and snow storm somewhere. And, trust me, they will find them, and it will probably lead their newscasts. But, users beware…

  1. Joe Public permalink
    May 30, 2015 10:54 am

    “In fact, many circulated this image in recent days, claiming it is “Houston underwater” from the flooding of May 25–26, 2015. ”

    Strangely, neither TinEye nor Google Images find recent occurrences of that particular image. Except for:

  2. Kartoffel permalink
    May 30, 2015 11:38 am

    E pur si muove. Galileo Galilei, that’s what he said some time ago / 100 reasons why climat change is natural

  3. manicbeancounter permalink
    May 30, 2015 12:00 pm

    This clear disinformation (based on past information deficits from lack of instant photography) is in clear contrast to the claims by many climate alarmists (especially Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook) that it is the “sceptics” who misinform. Climatology is about long term average trends. Whilst the statistics showing these may have issues (such as with surface temperatures) it is clearly not part of climatology to pick out isolated incidents and claim that they are evidence of climate change. It is only by putting such incidents in a wider empirical context that we can see the significance of that event. And to show the onset of significant adverse climate change, we need a range of different series that show adverse trends. The only attempts to put extreme events into the an academic context is a disclaimer to say that a particular extreme weather event is NOT evidence of adverse climate change, but that scientists believe (or the climate models pronounce) that similar events WILL BECOME more frequent and severe in the future.

  4. SteveB permalink
    May 30, 2015 3:18 pm

    See here for images of Tropical Storm Allison (including one of the images above):

    The main site is worth a glance. Seems to me to suggest that flooding from storm surges is not an uncommon problem in the Houston area.

  5. SteveB permalink
    May 30, 2015 3:39 pm

    The problem for Bill Nye and his ilk is that a quick search of the internet reveals articles like this one that puts the recent flooding into context:

    Each time someone tries to link a naturally occurring weather event to “climate change” it simply weakens their argument, but it seems that Bill and his buddies are to dumb to understand that.

    • May 30, 2015 4:35 pm

      Yes. Nye, Holdren, Hayhoe, Sci Am, and all the fellow travelers seem not to realize how easy it now is to fact check their assertions and their previous predictions. And the longer this continues, the harder their fall will be.

      • Alan permalink
        June 3, 2015 2:13 pm

        Unfortunately, many are too lazy to even bother ristvan. It is far simpler to say “Well I saw it on the BBC so it must be true” etc etc

  6. May 30, 2015 10:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  7. Kartoffel permalink
    May 31, 2015 7:48 am

    you must show your children : ” animation coral atoll formation ” and for a start you should tell them about Milankovitch Cycles …this is how it goes, the disturbing world of the Internet

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