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Media Claim Disastrous Higher Wind Speeds – After Claiming Lower Speeds

March 20, 2021

By Paul Homewood



The Climate Clowns are exposed again!




The Associated Press published – and the Appleton Post-Crescent (Wisconsin) republished today – an article claiming global warming is causing an acceleration of wind speeds with disastrous consequences for the Great Lakes. However, the article and its claims have little credibility, as the Associated Press previously claimed global warming (a.k.a. climate change) is causing wind speeds to slow down, not speed up.

The Associated Press/Appleton Post-Crescent article is titled, “Scientists: climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards.” The article claims, “Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and perhaps elsewhere in the Great Lakes, according to researchers.”

According to the article, high winds bring water with low oxygen and high phosphorous from deep in the Great Lakes to the surface, “creating a hazard for fish and insects on which they feed.” The article claims winds have accelerated since 1980.

“As temperatures increase overall, we will get higher winds and larger waves,” according to a quote in the article.

However, the Associated Press previously reported exactly the opposite. The AP even quoted prominent alarmist-scientist Michael Mann to support its assertion that global warming causes slower wind speeds.

In an article titled, “Not so windy: Research suggests winds dying down,” AP reporter Seth Borenstein wrote, “The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming – the very problem wind power seeks to address.”

The Borenstein article claims “average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East. ‘It’s a very large effect,’ said study co-author Eugene Takle, a professor of atmospheric science at Iowa State University. In some places in the Midwest, the trend shows a 10 percent drop or more over a decade.”

Borenstein backed up the claim by quoting Mann. Wrote Borenstein, “The new study ‘demonstrates, rather conclusively in my mind, that average and peak wind speeds have decreased over the U.S. in recent decades,’ said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.”

More recently, the Guardian published an article titled, “Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts.” According to the article, climate models show wind speeds will slow as the Earth warms.

“The research, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, used the same climate models and projected future emission as the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” the Guardian emphasized.

If global warming is causing wind speeds to accelerate, with disastrous consequences for Great Lakes fish, somebody needs to tell that to Seth Borenstein, Michael Mann, Gene Takle, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and everybody who previously sounded the alarm about global warming causing slower wind speeds.

At least until the next study comes out, flip-flopping again on “settled science.”

  1. 1saveenergy permalink
    March 20, 2021 10:12 am

    Why don’t you stupid people understand it’s all caused by CO2, the compound with magic property’s that simultaneously allows an object to be both – hotter & colder, wetter & drier so why not faster & slower, it’s not rocket science (it’s not even science).

    • March 20, 2021 11:52 am

      It is “non science” or if you say it quicker it is “nonsense” 🙂 The important thing is that the term “climate change” is included. I have read so many questionable pieces of at best moderate quality research where it is almost as if the term climate change has been inserted after the paper has been writte. “Unnessesary word(s)” my prof use to write in red ink on an essay I had written.

      • Duker permalink
        March 21, 2021 11:40 pm

        Exactly right . But instead of social media click bait they are angling for research citations.
        As you said its average quality research on mundane things, but their career depends on the numbers of times it is cited in other research or even the mainstream media.
        Often its not even peer reviewed grade research, but gets picked by a journal under its ‘Letters’ or ‘Insights’ section which avoids peer review entirely, not that many notice that in citations or references. Im sure IPCC loves that type of cited research as well.

    • Tim Leeney permalink
      March 20, 2021 3:59 pm

      It’s quantum endanglement.

  2. March 20, 2021 11:21 am

    Aren’t the sea floor of the Great Lakes far too deep down to be affected by the wind, as there are a huge amount of water between the surface and the sea floor, that resists the forces involved?

  3. Gamecock permalink
    March 20, 2021 12:09 pm

    Negatory, SasjaL. Lake Erie experiences turnovers every spring and fall.

    Cirrusly, these people are ignorant beyond comprehension. As epilimnion temperature approaches hypolimnion temperature, the thermocline breaks down and the lake turns over. Twice a year. Since time immemorial.

    It doesn’t need any stinkin’ high winds.

    ‘high winds bring water with low oxygen and high phosphorous from deep in the Great Lakes to the surface’

    It’s called “turnover.” Happens twice a year. Actual scientists would know that.

    • Broadlands permalink
      March 20, 2021 12:37 pm

      Indeed. What they also seem to have missed comprehending is when a lake overturns the low oxygen coming up is replaced by high oxygen going back down. The nutrients are needed to sustain primary productivity. A natural seasonal cycle.

  4. March 20, 2021 12:37 pm

    I find that bicarb of soda leads to “settled wind”.

  5. It doesn't add up... permalink
    March 20, 2021 2:00 pm

    The winds certainly slowed right down over most of the Southern US a few weeks ago. It was also rather cold.

  6. Dave Ward permalink
    March 20, 2021 3:41 pm

    Meanwhile, closer to home, I clicked on the Met Office forecast today, and was confronted with a “Climate change to put farming sectors under stress” headline. This study focusses on Cattle suffering from “Heat Stress” & Potato Blight – both of which (they tell us) are going to be negatively affected by the dreaded Climate Change. If the Eco Loons get their way, there won’t BE any cattle in 30 years, so I wondered why the Met Office choose to waste their time producing this rubbish – the answer came at the end of the page:

    “The paper – “Future climate risk to UK agriculture from compound events”– has been published in the journal ‘Climate Risk Management’. This work was funded under the Strategic Priority Fund for UK Climate Resilience. The UK Climate Resilience programme is supported by the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund. The programme is co-delivered by the Met Office and NERC on behalf of UKRI partners AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC”

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