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Chris Landsea Urges Caution Linking Hurricanes To Warming

June 8, 2018

Thank goodness for honest climate scientists, such as Chris Landsea.




The news media should be cautious about linking hurricane activity to global warming, according to National Hurricane Center Science and Operations Officer Chris Landsea. In an interview with NBC News reporters, Landsea said he is concerned when hurricanes are used “as a poster child” for global warming (

“There’s periods where it’s busy and quiet and busy and quiet, but no trend,” said Landsea, “There’s no statistical change over a 130-year period. Since 1970, the number of hurricanes globally is flat. I haven’t seen anything that suggests that the hurricane intensity is going to change dramatically. It looks like a pretty tiny change to how strong hurricanes will be. It’s not zero, but it’s in the noise level. It’s very small.”

Responding to assertions that hurricanes are stronger now or retain their strength longer than was the case several decades ago, Landsea questioned whether that perception is due to modern technology. Today’s technology is able to immediately detect the full strength of a hurricane even when it is far out at sea.

Global tropical cyclone data, presented by meteorologist Ryan Maue at, show fluctuations from year to year but little if any long-term trend.

2017 was an active hurricane season in the North Atlantic, prompting the media to link hurricane activity to global warming. However, the 12 years before 2017 marked the longest period in recorded history without a major hurricane (category 3 or higher) striking the United States (


Landsea is one of the world’s leading experts on hurricanes, and famously resigned from the IPCC a few years ago, in protest over Trenberth’s attempts to cook the books.


  1. June 8, 2018 5:41 pm

    Another line of fake climate angst bites the dust.

  2. Bitter@twisted permalink
    June 8, 2018 6:04 pm

    The green scamsters and rent-seekers are not going to like this.

  3. Tom O permalink
    June 8, 2018 6:16 pm

    A quote – “2017 was an active hurricane season in the North Atlantic, prompting the media to link hurricane activity to global warming. ”

    And who do you suppose it was that FED that link to the media and then kept reinforcing it? You don’t suppose it was these climate experts and meteorologists that are trying to make a retirement out of “global warming,” do you?

  4. Tom Dowter permalink
    June 8, 2018 8:14 pm

    Since AGW theory suggests that cooler places and times should warm more quickly than warmer places and times, then, in general, temperature gradients should decrease. Other things being equal, this should make for fewer and less severe storms.

    However, with warming, absolute humidity should increase. This should cause storms to last a bit longer.

    Overall then, we should not expect to see all that much difference.

    • June 8, 2018 9:54 pm

      “Other things being equal, this should make for fewer and less severe storms.”

      Could certainly explain the downward trend in tornadoes, in the US (tornado capital of the world).

      Leaving AGW off the table for that view – just mostly natural warming and cooling cycles.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    June 8, 2018 8:20 pm

    The cyclogenesis of major cylconic depressions is FA to do with Man made warming, whatevah, nada, nowt, nothing.

    To link it by rumour, winking and specious speculation, in total fabrication is pusillanimous and malignant practise, it doesn’t surprise me, the people behind this great green scam act just like the Cosa Nostra, telling lies, spinning deceits, demanding protection money………….. is what they do.

    They get away with it, this sort of devilish patently false attribution because they can.

    It is, very unfortunate that, Mr. Landsea’s critical analyses and conclusions are never heard nor even acknowledged on ‘global warming telly’ aka al beebera, likely the day it does, hell will be fully frozen over but some beeb executive, or harrabin will be spinnning, shouting out of his grave “man made warming did this!”

    Finally to note, the academia has become mafia like in the policy of Omerta and observe the opprobrium reserved when ‘one of their own’ switches to honesty and turns on academic hearsay and exposes it for what it is, a dung heap of lies, And I do mention here Mr. Peter Ridd.

  6. June 9, 2018 2:09 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  7. June 9, 2018 10:45 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Sanity in the sea of madness that is attribution;
    It’s very difficult to say how hurricanes are now versus 100 years ago. We’re still challenged today in knowing how strong a hurricane is, even in 2018…how much of that is real and how much of that is technology? That’s a difficult question to answer,” said Landsea.

  8. RAH permalink
    June 9, 2018 4:03 pm

    That fictitious claim is not going away. In fact they are doubling down on it claiming that tropical storms are moving slower now due to “climate change” and thus will cause more damage at landfall. Though it is always nice to see a real scientist talking sense you know that the likes of Stefan Rahmstorf, Kerry Emanuel, Mike Mann and Jim Kossin will prevail in having their fiction regurgitated in the press.

  9. tom0mason permalink
    June 10, 2018 4:20 am

    Chris Landsea has failed to correctly see the science of the situation.
    When it comes to storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes the huge volumes of very volatile hot air is utterly vital.

    How else would the alarmist get their message across?

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