It has come to my attention that people are already blaming the recent tornado outbreak on global warming. Senator John Kerry is among those persons.
Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming
Former Democratic presidential nominee blames ‘intense storms’ that have killed more than 50 on climate change.
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
2/6/2008 5:07:05 PM
Politicians using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a tried-and-true strategy. Paint the idea green and a natural catastrophe became political fodder for former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.).
Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to advance global warming alarmism.
“[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms,” Kerry said. “And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth. And so it goes to global warming and larger issues that we’re not paying attention to. The fact is the hurricanes are more intensive, the storms are more intensive and the rainfall is more intense at certain places at certain times and the weather patterns have changed.”
Kerry’s assertion tornado activity is related to any type of climate change is questionable based on the writings of at least one meteorologist. Roger Edwards, a meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla., has doubts about any global warming and tornado relationship.
“As of this writing, no scientific studies solidly relate climatic global temperature trends to tornadoes,” Edwards wrote on the Earth & Sky Web site in April 2007. “I don’t expect any such results in the near future either, because tornadoes are too small, short–lived, hard to measure and count, and too dependent on day to day, even minute to minute weather conditions.”
So how bad was this outbreak? Not even close to the worst on record which occured in 1974. That date, mind you, is before the recent warming trend.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the April 3-4, 1974, super tornado outbreak. It was the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history with 148 twisters touching down in 13 states. Before it was over 16 hours later, 330 people were dead and 5,484 were injured in a damage path covering more than 2,500 miles.
“Deadly storms such as the 1974 super outbreak can and will happen again,” said Ken Haydu, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service’s forecast office in Wilmington, Ohio. “The people who experienced the super outbreak have an important story about tornado awareness and preparedness to pass on to later generations.”
Whenever you hear crap like this ask yourself if the same people are blaming the almost utter lack of Atlantic hurricane activity in 2006 and 2007 on global warming. If they don’t then they’re lying asshats cherry picking the data. A really amusing trend I’ve noted in the past year is that the term “global warming” is being increasingly replaced with “climate change”. As the global warming story unravels before the alarmist’s eyes they won’t admit they were wrong. Oh no. They just change the name of the game. Human activities aren’t warming the climate, no sirree Bob. Now human activity is changing the climate. Warmer, colder, more rain, less rain, more storms, fewer storms, all bases are covered with “climate change”. I guess they want us to believe that the weather was the same every year prior to the latter half of the 20th century. Incredible.