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Cause Of Deadly Weather Not Settled Science

From a surprisingly skeptical New York Times:

Scientists See More Deadly Weather, but Dispute the Cause

By JOHN M. BRODER
June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States experienced some of the most extreme weather events in its history this spring, including deadly outbreaks of tornadoes, near-record flooding, drought and wildfires.

Damages from these disasters have already passed $32 billion, and the hurricane season, which is just beginning, is projected to be above average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Above average"? Clearly something must be done!

Government scientists said Wednesday that the frequency of extreme weather has increased over the past two decades, in part as a result of global warming caused by the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

But they were careful not to blame humans for this year’s rash of deadly events, saying that in some ways weather patterns were returning to those seen at the beginning of the last century.

“Looking at long-term patterns since 1980, indeed, extreme climatological and meteorological events have increased,” said Thomas R. Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. “But in the early part of the 20th century, there was also a tendency for more extreme events followed by a quiet couple of decades.”

But we thought man-made global warming, and the extreme weather it spawns, was ‘settled science.’

Presenting a new NOAA report on 2011 extreme weather, Dr. Karl said that extremes of precipitation have increased as the planet warms and more water evaporates from the oceans. He also said models suggest that as carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere and heats the planet, droughts will increase in frequency and intensity.

“But it is difficult and unlikely to discern a human fingerprint, if there is one, on the drought record of the United States,” he said.

So the planet is warming without any help from mankind? We suppose that is possible. But we thought by many accounts the planet has not been warming for the last ten to fifteen years.

Some other climate scientists were more categorical about the human contribution to extreme climate events.

Those who want to hold on to the their petty ante jobs.

Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a university-sponsored institute in Boulder, Colo., said that when the greenhouse effect caused by burning fossil fuels is added to the natural variability of climate, weather disasters can be expected to occur more frequently.

“Global warming is contributing to an increased incidence of extreme weather because the environment in which all storms form has changed from human activities,” Dr. Trenberth said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “Records are not just broken, they are smashed. It is as clear a warning as we are going to get about prospects for the future.”

Now that is more like it. That is the kind of knee-jerk doomsday nonsense we expect from our "distinguished" scientists. Who, we think, should be called ‘climate extremists’ from now on.

April was a particularly devastating month for tornadoes and rainfall, with 875 tornadoes reported during the month and heavy rain and snowmelt contributing to Mississippi River flooding later in the spring that surpassed the historic floods of 1927 and 1937, NOAA reported

Just to put this in perspective, when 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 states in April of 1974, the distinguished scientists of the day blamed it on ‘global cooling.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Cause Of Deadly Weather Not Settled Science”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Mother Nature is a wily rascal for not staying put long enough
    to be fingerprinted. Surely we are not spending enough taxpayer money.
    Doom and Gloom…… and Big Brother won’t protect us! (sarc off)

  2. Right of the People says:

    I blame Bush!


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