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Climate Change, Tornadoes and Junk Science at Michigan State!

May 5, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Today’s junk science comes from Michigan State University:


Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even higher in coming decades, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.

The number of mobile homes in the United States has risen dramatically in the past 60 years, to about 9 million currently. Meanwhile, the U.S. is the most tornado-prone country in the world, with an average of 1,200 twisters per year, and scientists predict climate change will continue fuelling more unstable weather events including tornadoes.

The annual impact of tornadoes is expected to increase threefold over the next few decades due to the "twin forces of increased climate variability and growth in the human-built environment," according to the study, which is published online in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

"If the climatologists are right about the continuing effects of climate change," said Mark Skidmore, MSU economics professor and co-author of the study, "then people living in mobile homes could be particularly vulnerable to tornadoes in the years to come."

The researchers investigated underlying factors of tornado fatalities in the U.S. from 1980 to 2014. There were 2,447 tornado-related deaths during that period; the bulk occurred in the "tornado alley" region of the Midwest and Southeast.


Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth:



  1. May 5, 2017 10:07 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “If the climatologists are right about the continuing effects of climate change,” said Mark Skidmore, MSU economics professor and co-author of the study,…”

    “Continuing effects of climate change”. Ummm, like the real-world fact that as CO2 increases, the frequency and strength of tornadoes is decreasing?!

    Didn’t read that bit in their junk-science study. 🤔

  2. May 5, 2017 10:38 am

    The telling line is: “If the climatologists are right”. They haven’t been right so far in their predictions of tornadoes, so mobile home owners need lose no sleep over this junk.

    • John Palmer permalink
      May 5, 2017 11:15 am

      Quite so… an economist talking about climatologists! Two of the most respected bunches of ‘experts’ there are!

  3. Broadlands permalink
    May 5, 2017 12:38 pm

    May 2017: “… the potential… is even higher in coming decades…scientists predict climate change will continue…The annual impact of tornadoes is expected to increase…”

    And… it is expected that another “change point” will be increasing everything…in the coming decades. Dr. Karl, NOAA… February 23, 2000.

  4. May 5, 2017 3:03 pm

    This is along the same lines as the endless ‘as the world warms’ fairy stories that get churned out in the media daily.

  5. May 5, 2017 6:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  6. Duck permalink
    May 5, 2017 10:10 pm

    Everyone in the south knows tornadoes are caused by mobile home parks

    • Stosh permalink
      May 6, 2017 11:19 pm

      The more tornado magnets (aka mobile homes) you build in tornado alley, the more damages will increase. Same as building more homes in a flood plain, A true DOH!! moment.

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