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Junk Scientists Weaponising Weather

May 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood


It was inevitable that “scientists” would eventually blame Harvey on global warming.

From the Washington Post:



AS COASTAL cities brace for the coming hurricane season, the destruction of the last one is still having a big impact, particularly on the hobbled island of Puerto Rico. And scientists are already able to draw some big warnings from last year’s carnage. “Several aspects of the 2017 season were not ‘natural,’ ” a team of researchers wrote in a paper published this week in Earth’s Future, a peer-reviewed journal run by the American Geophysical Union. “The first was the role of human-induced climate change.”

About humanity’s role in worsening the catastrophe, the scientists left little doubt: “While hurricanes occur naturally, human-caused climate change is supercharging them and exacerbating the risk of major damage.”

Noting that 2017 saw three enormous hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, they focused on Harvey and the intense flooding it caused in Houston. Before Harvey came through, the oceans were the hottest on record. This heat kept the hurricane going — and more. The scientists found that, when Harvey traversed the Gulf of Mexico, it soaked up ocean heat via evaporation, packing more moisture into the atmosphere. Harvey then dumped record amounts of rain on Houston, flooding large swaths of the city. “Record high ocean heat values not only increased the fuel available to sustain and intensify Harvey, but also increased its flooding rains on land,” the researchers found. “Harvey could not have produced so much rain without human-induced climate change.”


Joe Bastardi saw this coming soon after Harvey hit. He wrote the following piece in Patriot Post on 30th August last year:



Perhaps a more intriguing question is how did its companion, disturbance 92L, come all the way across the Atlantic in a classic arcing path through Florida and up the East Coast and fail to develop? What does that tell us?

There is much being made of Harvey and climate change. Meteorologically, as far as the intensity of the storm, let’s see where it ranks among landfalling Category 4 or 5 storms.

It’s tied for 14th. Look at the storm above it, Hazel. Now, let me ask you: Which is the more extreme as far as deviation from normal with pressure, which is a good metric to objectively evaluate how extreme a tropical cyclone is — a storm that hit in mid-October in North Carolina, or one that hit the central Texas coast in late August? Let’s also look at Harvey in relation to other hurricanes in Texas. Behind it is the 1915 Galveston hurricane. That is the lesser of the two evils, because the 13th right above Harvey is the 1900 Galveston hurricane that killed 6,000-12,000 people. And right above that one is the Freeport hurricane of 1932. Notice when these are occurring. Then there is the 1916 cyclone in Texas — just a year after the 1915 Galveston hurricane — and Carla in 1961. Again, this all occurred over 50 years ago. Then there is the 1886 Indianola hurricane. They are all hitting in the area that Harvey hit. So the question becomes, if those same storms, almost all stronger, from many years ago hit today, would they be a sign of climate change? Why is Harvey — and not to downplay the storm, but it was one of many and less intense than most — a sign the climate is changing, but these other storms would not be?

Harvey got trapped not by an expansive subtropical ridge, as one notable climate scientist claimed, but by an abnormally large-scale trough over the eastern U.S. as can be plainly seen in the five-day means at 500 mb.

It dealt with an abnormally cool pattern.

That lined up in textbook fashion with Phase 2 of the MJO that was occurring. I jumped all over this on Aug. 21.

Here’s the observed reaction in Phase 2 in the tropics close to the U.S.

The development of Harvey and the pattern that caused it to stall were all on the table well beforehand for those who looked. However, if you did not look, or you were unaware of previous metrics of strength, then you would fall for the arguments that this is part of climate change. All those other storms continued moving, so they went inland and died as they got farther away from the ocean source. Because either a warmer than normal or normal pattern steered them that way. Harvey stalled because of a pattern that has happened before, was on the charts, and involved the opposite of arguments that would lead to a warming conclusion. The stalling of the storm was key since lesser storms that have stalled in Texas have dumped almost as much rain, the most notable being Amelia in 1978, a mere tropical storm that dumped 48 inches of rain. Naturally, a stronger stalled storm would dump more rain, but what stalled the storm was not a result of climate change but rather a well-known, well-forecasted pattern. So if the 1935 Labor Day hurricane — the most powerful storm to be recorded hitting the U.S.; a storm that went from a tropical storm to a Cat. 5 in 36 hours — occurs again, why would it be climate change now but not then?

If the 1938 storm — a storm that took down two billion board feet of trees in New England, caused major river floods in western New England, flooded Providence with 13 feet of water in a storm surge, and had a wind gust of 186 m.p.h. at Blue Hill — occurs again, why would it be climate change now but not then?

If Donna of 1960 showed up again — with hurricane force winds in every state from Florida to Maine, never recorded before or since in U.S. history — why would it be climate change now but not then?

I can go on and on with countless storms.

The answer: It is nature doing what nature does. And coming out after the storm and claiming it’s something else reveals either ignorance of the past or, if you do know, an agenda based on deception. If I saw the people commenting on this now making a preseason forecast, or even five days before when the obsession was the eclipse, then perhaps I would be more open to those ideas. But telling people why after the what is Monday morning agenda-based quarterbacking. Perhaps that is the lesson of Harvey.

  1. May 13, 2018 2:11 pm

    Joe D’Aleo also explained the natural factors producing the 2017 hurricane season

    “We are still in the latest Atlantic warm period. This year, a spring attempt at an El Niño failed and La Niña-like conditions developed. Had El Niño succeeded we may have had Harvey, which developed near the Texas coast, and Nate, which came out of the bath water in the western Caribbean, but maybe Irma and Maria would have been weakened or deflected. But with La Niña conditions developing, no shear and warm Atlantic water we saw a return to big storms just as we saw in 2004 and 2005.”

  2. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 13, 2018 2:59 pm

    As we already know from the Podesta hack.

    ‘It also proposed the creation of an “extreme weather SWAT team” that would immediately seize on natural disasters and other extreme weather events to advance a political and communications agenda.’

    We got the vacuous insinuations and assertions at the time, now they are thumping it home.

    Dubious attribution of ordinary weather events (once correctly called NATURAL disasters) has long been the CAGW’s propaganda weapon of choice.

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 13, 2018 3:54 pm

    The PTB – those responsible for planning and executing recovery processes for hurricanes have a gift of an excuse for doing nothing: When a hurricane hits they can blame the damage on AGW rather than spend time and money alleviating the misery. And those affected will be willing believers in the claim.

    Control-freak politicians need to create a crisis first before offering a way – that only they can supply – of saving their grateful voters.

  4. May 13, 2018 5:53 pm

    Before 2017 alarmists had very little in terms of major US landfalling hurricanes to shout about for years, so now they try to make up for lost alarm time.

    Of course to them the multi-year absence of severe hurricanes near the US signified nothing apart from a lack of propaganda opportunities.

    • dave permalink
      May 14, 2018 7:51 am


      Alarmists have a certain stock of cracked records, which they cherish. Every now and then one will be chosen and played at full volume. Tears will come into their eyes. Mine too, but not for the same reason.

      The cause of a particular one being chosen for today’s howling will be some slightly-out-of-the ordinary information about one of the following (if there is no actual information, “Scientists predict…” will be enough to start things off):

      *Temperatures, Hurricanes, Arctic Sea-Ice, Antarctic Sea-ice, Greenland Ice Cap, Antarctica Melting, Glaciers Calving, Heat Waves, Cold Waves, Droughts, Floods, Corals, Disappearing Islands, Extinctions, Malaria, Wars, Racism, Sea-levels, Acid Seas, “Feedback Forcing,” and, if all else fails, “How about that Trump and his sub-human supporters!”

      With such a collection of go-to items, we know that they will never give up – and why should they? More than half the population in the West is primed to react with a knowing nod to any of these trigger words. Like the willing stooges of a stage hypnotist

      Of course, most of the World – or their rulers -does not give a fig for any of it.


    • NeilC permalink
      May 14, 2018 3:40 pm

      oldbrew, I think you’ll find they know the long abscence of hurricanes is a sure sig of AGW /sarc

  5. Joe Public permalink
    May 13, 2018 6:22 pm

    How can the WaPo claim there’s a lack of preparation for the hurricanes?

    The dedicated Hurricane Defence Corps has been formed, and is ready for deployment at short notice:

  6. RAH permalink
    May 13, 2018 6:27 pm

    I really don’t need to read past the headline to know it’s garbage. For the alarmist sheep, climate change is global until it’s not.

    Despite a more active than average Atlantic Hurricane season the 2017 Global ACE emded up nearly 20% below the average.

    There is not trend since 1970 either in the number of Tropical storms nor in the number of majors. And despite the claims there would be fewer hurricanes but an increased proportion of major storms, the over all number of Tropical storms has continued to correlate very well with the number of major hurricanes.

    When it comes to hurricanes my concern is the hype about individual storms. Even after it’s brush with the Cuban coasts Irene was being hyped as having strengthened back to a house flattening CAT IV. As it approached the coast of Florida they lowered it to a CAT III and held that classification until well over an hour after it made landfall near Naples, FL. I monitored every ground and weather buoy in the path of the storm in real time during those hours and not a single one showed it to have CAT III winds.

    I’m afraid there is going to be a price to be paid for the overstating the strength of hurricanes when people begin to not take the warnings seriously.

  7. RAH permalink
    May 13, 2018 6:39 pm

    “Harvey got trapped not by an expansive subtropical ridge, as one notable climate scientist claimed, but by an abnormally large-scale trough over the eastern U.S. as can be plainly seen in the five-day means at 500 mb.”

    When Mann made that claim about how Harvey was caused to loiter and loop and Joe Bastardi, who is actually a meteorologist, which Mann is not, cleaned his clock publically.

  8. Bitter@twisted permalink
    May 13, 2018 7:09 pm

    There’s a good article over at “NoTricksZone” that refers to a newly published paper that says Harvey and other recent hurricanes were fuelled by natural cycles, not climate change.

  9. Gamecock permalink
    May 13, 2018 11:34 pm

    Harvey was a hurricane. Weather. It was blocked over SE Texas by weather conditions, such that it rained for several days.

    Anyone who suggests that Harvey was anything but weather is conspicuously LYING.

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 14, 2018 7:36 am

    They are begging the question – if the heat in the ocean made Harvey so destructive, then you have to prove that the heat in the ocean was caused by humans. Just saying humans caused the heat so humans caused Harvey is not science. You have to prove the original claiming which everything is based.

  11. RAH permalink
    May 14, 2018 9:14 am

    BTW the Washington Post has always been biased, but since Trump won the election it has gone off the deep end. Their lies have gotten ever more blatant and they don’t even bother to respond or correct half the time when they are proven to have printed false information. They, like the NYT and the majority of the TV news are in full disinformation mode as they attempt to cover for the deep state and democrats and attack any Republican that supports the president. I have seen nothing like the way it is now in the US press.

    • dave permalink
      May 14, 2018 10:57 am


      The Left in the USA is like Napoleon at Moscow. The winner; but the losers have sent him Winter as the prize. The thermometer gets more ominous every day:

      • May 14, 2018 2:10 pm

        Speaking of Napoleon at Moscow. One of my favorite pieces of music is Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” I played it when a member of the WVU Symphony Orchestra during college (oboe). So I know the story line of the music. There is an absolutely fabulous video put together using that music to a “T”. My hat is off the the genius who put together the 2016 election night results from various news sources: “The night 63 milion deplorables saved America from crooked Hillary.” There are similarities.

  12. tom0mason permalink
    May 14, 2018 12:13 pm

    Meteorologist Joe Bastardi said much the same back in 2012 when at ICCC7.

    At about the 27 minute onward he spills the beans on what really happens.

    • dave permalink
      May 14, 2018 1:15 pm

      Warmunistas love attempting to blind people with science. It don’t impress me much.

  13. May 14, 2018 5:30 pm

    BBC Radio 4 is cranking up its climate alarm output again next week…

    Five scientists, working in different parts of the world, bear witness to some of the dramatic changes to our planet that have occurred in their lifetimes, as the global climate warms. The Northwest Passage is opening up. Bird populations in the UK have collapsed with more exotic species arriving from the south. Coral reefs in the Caribbean have been destroyed. New viruses are surviving and thriving in a warmer world.

    That’s just part of the intro – ‘dramatic, collapse, destroyed, viruses’…pass the sick bag.

    • dave permalink
      May 14, 2018 8:43 pm


      I think they really believe it! That is even more frightening than it being a deliberate con.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      May 15, 2018 10:06 am

      Not sure if my radio will survive listening to the BBC’s usual balanced and open exposes of the damage caused by AGW: might have to give it a miss!

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