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CNN Lies About Oklahoma Easily Exposed

August 18, 2015

By Paul Homewood 





As I mentioned a few days ago, some CNN hack has been trying to expose wicked climate deniers in Oklahoma. 

He tries to do so by relating global warming to weather conditions there, such as heatwaves and droughts:


Intense drought hit Oklahoma again in the 2010s, this time breaking records. In 2011, the state experienced "the hottest summer of any state since records began in 1895," according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and Woodward saw 61 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit). The drought dried up streams, turned the short-grass prairie into straw and then helped it to light ablaze.

It’s impossible to say climate change caused these or any other particular weather events, but it is making these sorts of extremes more likely.

Climate scientists expect droughts, heat waves and extreme rain events only to get worse out here. The Southern Plains averages seven days per year above 100 degrees Fahrenheit — but that number is expected to quadruple by 2050, according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment.


So naturally I could not resist introducing a few facts of my own!



First off, let’s look at daily record high temperatures at Ada, Oklahoma.




We can see that the 1930’s and 1950’s saw vastly more records than anything in recent decades, both in summer and also other seasons. Remember that these numbers include ties, so statistically there should be as many now as a century ago.


What about the hottest days? Woodward County sits in the NW part of the state, close the city of Enid, one of the longest running USHCN sites in the state.

One of the charts which USHCN provide shows the whisker plot of daily maximum temperatures there.




Clearly, nothing in recent years, even in 2011, has matched the intensity of the heat in either the 1930’s or 50’s, or for that matter the early 20thC.


USHCN statistics show that in Enid days over 100F are quite common, on average there are 15 each year. When we look at the distribution of really hot days, however, the idea that climate change is burning up Oklahoma is shown to be typical warmist bilge. ( One wonders whether our friend Katharine Hayhoe inspired this?)





But what about droughts, I hear you ask!




In true Hayhoe fashion, you could argue that droughts have got worse since the 1980’s. But a proper scientist would look at the entire record and acknowledge that long term trends are actually seeing a reduction in drought. Again, we see that earlier, and regular, droughts in the 1910’s, 30’s and 50’s were far more severe than anything seen recently.



And extreme rain events? By now, I suspect you will know which way this one is going!





Enid broke all of its rainfall records on Oct 12th, 1973, but again we see that most of the other extreme rainfall days occurred in much earlier decades.



Someone is obviously feeding Sutter with this garbage, and it is a good guess that the guilty party is Hayhoe, as she is the only “scientist” named in the article. This certainly has her modus operandi all over it.

Evidently the good people of Oklahoma understand their history well enough to know when they are being lied to.

  1. August 18, 2015 10:26 am

    If we ever see a repeat of the 1930s Dust Bowl it will send the panic into overdrive. More research is needed on the weather patterns then and now

    • August 18, 2015 1:14 pm

      There was also serious drought in Canada at the same time. (Unfortunately I lost the reference!!)

  2. Jackington permalink
    August 18, 2015 11:17 am

    This is scandalous – I hope your riposte comes to the attention of the good citizens of Oklahoma; maybe via WUWT?

  3. August 18, 2015 11:33 am

    “We can see that the 1930’s and 1950’s saw vastly more records than anything in recent decades, both in summer and also other seasons. Remember that these numbers include ties, so statistically there should be as many now as a century ago.”

    Are you sure that the “records” include ties?

    • August 18, 2015 1:16 pm

      Yes. You can tell by adding up the number of daily records, usually come to 400 +.

      It also mentions this fact in their blurb.

    • August 18, 2015 1:20 pm

      Also, if you go into the link, click”get data” on left, it gives you the actual temperatures for each day: some days show up as ties

      • August 18, 2015 2:50 pm


        It seems strange that they would classify a tie as a record.
        Maybe it’s an attempt to give the impression that it’s getting hotter when it isn’t.
        As you say, if ties are included the number of “records” should be fairly constant, when in fact, it’s declining.
        It should only be declining if they are genuine “records”.

  4. August 18, 2015 3:04 pm

    I did a similar analysis for Lincoln Nebraska, with similar results to Oklahoma here. Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska, which has well maintained station records going back to about 1890.
    Written up in the climate chapter of ebook The Arts of Truth.

  5. August 18, 2015 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Real Science.

  6. John F. Hultquist permalink
    August 18, 2015 6:50 pm

    When I talk to people that buy into global warming I think that 99.7% are responding as though it is a religion. Like “original sin” there is their guilt. I’m not sure exactly what they think, maybe that having become better off then most people in the world they have harmed the world and those people. In any case, they want to feel better about themselves and by accepting the religion of global warming they can lessen their guilt. Indulgences?
    Very few people are capable of doing the sorts of analyses Paul Homewood and others do – such as in this post. In the US, there is the National Public Radio and a person I know listens to the talk parts where he hears the sermons every day. He told me last month, again, that the Arctic Ocean ice was almost gone. And again, I explained that was not true. This gets old.

  7. sean2829 permalink
    August 18, 2015 9:46 pm

    Come on, did anyone take this seriously after the CNN reporter cited Hayhoe and Lewandowski?

  8. Andy DC permalink
    August 19, 2015 10:39 pm

    There was a localized area in Oklahoma, Arkansas and northern Louisiana where in 2011, some of the 1930’s records were broken. But the 1930’s heatwaves were on a far more massive scale, from Canada to Texas and all the to the east coast.

    Saginaw, in northern lower Michigan, where a 95 degree day is unusual, had an entire week during July 1936, where the maximum temperature averaged 106.5, with a high of 111. One station in North Dakota reached 120 and another 121. Chicago Midway Airport had 12 straight 100+ degree days. There is nothing in recent years remotely comparable to the 1936 heatwave in most places.

    1950’s heatwaves were pretty incredible as well, St. Louis reached 115 in July 1954. Not the phony balony heat index, the actual temperature!

    • Charles permalink
      August 20, 2015 8:53 pm

      Maybe I am missing something, but wouldn’t the number of new records be greater in past years, even if the climate was absolutely stable?

      Using temperature as an example, a new record would only be set if the temperature exceeded the maximum temperature previously recorded. The higher the previous temperature, it becomes less likely that another hot day would be exceed the previous record. Ties would not really make any difference.

      • August 20, 2015 9:15 pm

        Ties do make all the difference!

        There should be just as much chance of a record of, say, 100F being set this year as in 1934, everything else being equal.

        Put another way, you say it is less likely that another hot day would exceed the previous record. That is perfectly true, but it is just as likely to tie it.

      • AndyG55 permalink
        August 20, 2015 9:36 pm

        Ties are easy to avoid..

        BOM (Australia) got past that in 2013 by just adding 0.5ºC to the automatic weather station value at Observatory Hill in Sydney. No reason.. just add 0.5ºC

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