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2016’s Record Warmth Brought Record Crop Yields, Fewer Storms

January 21, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From the Daily Caller:


Climate scientists declared 2016 the warmest year on record, sending shockwaves through the media, which immediately began attributing the warming to fossil fuel use.

Earth is “heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization,” The New York Times warned. Global average temperature was less than a one-hundredth of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than 2015.

While the media worried about anthropogenic global warming scenarios, some good news in 2016 was likely missed: record crop yields and relatively fewer storms.

Global crop yields hit record levels, according to United Nations data. Production of wheat, coarse grains and rice are forecasted to be higher in 2016 than the previous year. The United Nations expects cereal production to be 1.7 percent, or 44 million metric tons, higher than 2015.

U.S. corn and soybean yields hit record levels in 2016, according to U.S. government data. Corn production rose 15.1 billion bushels, or 11 percent, from 2015, and soybean production rose another 4.31 billion bushels, or 10 percent, over the previous year.

University of Colorado professor Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. noted the record crop yields and few natural disasters.


Pielke was chased out of climate research in 2015 after being attacked by Democratic lawmakers and some of his colleagues for questioning claims global warming was making extreme weather worse.

Pielke explained that while 2016 had record-high temperatures, it wasn’t a very extraordinary year for tropical storms.

Fewer major tropical cyclones made landfall in 2016 compared to 2015. In fact, tropical cyclone numbers for 2016 were below the 40-year average.

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue tweeted:


Maue also noted that 2016 wouldn’t have likely been a record warm year without an incredibly strong El Nino warming event.


Reinsurance company Munich Re said 2016 had the most losses from storms and other natural disasters since 2012, at $175 billion globally. Though the biggest loss came from earthquakes in Japan, events which have nothing to do with the weather.


And as I noted a couple of weeks ago, last year was close to being a record low year for US tornadoes:

  1. January 21, 2017 11:30 am

    It’s very strange that this news has not been reported by the BBC. I expect Matt McGraff will do so shortly as an update to his article “New crop varieties ‘can’t keep up with global warming'” which he produced in June 2016. Maybe even Cardinal Horrorbin will report it.

  2. Bitter&twisted permalink
    January 21, 2017 11:34 am

    The BBC and their fellow travelers are institutionally and intellectually incapable of seeing or saying anything positive about the climate.
    Delingpole is correct when he calls them the “wankerarti”.

  3. January 21, 2017 11:41 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Bloody “global warming” or “climate change” or whatever they prefer to call it that has caused record crop yields and less extreme weather!

  4. Gerry, England permalink
    January 21, 2017 12:30 pm

    Donald’s here now. The climate change page on the White House website has already gone.

  5. January 21, 2017 12:34 pm

    HadSST3 is now complete for 2016 and confirms how the oceans made climate the last two years.

  6. January 21, 2017 12:34 pm

    Let me give you a NEWS ALERT!! On January 20, 2017, at 12:00 pm Donald John Trump took the oath of office as 45th President of the United States. AT 12:01, the Climate Change Page DISAPPEARED from the White House website. Your climate hoaxers may be curled up in fetal position sucking their thumbs. If you have a chance, I recommend listening to his Inaugural address. It is not too long, but long enough to call out the establishment–who were sitting behind him–and promise that we would once more be about all the people and not just the elites. President Trump, already starting to “Make America Great Again!

  7. Broadlands permalink
    January 21, 2017 2:44 pm

    The New York Times had two versions of the “hottest year”stuff.

    not 2014, 2015, nor 2016 was warmer than we were told it was in the early 1990s

  8. Broadlands permalink
    January 21, 2017 2:47 pm

    In January of 1996 the New York Times published the record high 1995 global temperatures at that time…
    The values that were provided by NASA/GISS and by the British group were closely similar…58.72°F and 59.7°F. Both of these values are higher than those just reported for 2016 by NOAA: 58.64°F

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      January 21, 2017 8:55 pm

      Page Not Found
      We’re sorry, we seem to have lost this page,

      • Hivemind permalink
        January 22, 2017 7:26 am

        This is why it is essential to take a copy of anything you may wish to use as evidence later. Unfortunately the Wayback machine didn’t have a record.

    • Scott Tate permalink
      January 26, 2017 5:37 pm

      Here is the link, I think:

      • Scott Tate permalink
        January 26, 2017 9:32 pm

        And the only additional info I have is that the temperature reported by NOAA was 58.69F, not 58.64F, but still below the temps reported in the NYT article about global temperatures in 1995 – 58.72 and 59.7.

  9. Patsy Lacey permalink
    January 21, 2017 3:22 pm

    The new energy policy statement replacing the Climate Change page on the White House web site is worth a look. Climate change is gone.

  10. January 21, 2017 10:19 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Warmth is always better than cold

  11. January 22, 2017 10:56 am

    ‘Maue also noted that 2016 wouldn’t have likely been a record warm year without an incredibly strong El Nino warming event.’

    Exactly, but many in the media seem either too dim or too unwilling to take this in, preferring fake sensation to facts.

  12. January 27, 2017 11:22 am

    flicking through the reports on agriculture, the word “benign weather” pops up regularly- says it all.

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