A Tornado of Global Weirding

There is a big push to create the impression that weather is now very unusual — that “global weirding” is going on, caused (of course) by Man’s misuse of the planet.

Temperatures in the US — where thermometer records are better than the rest of the world, show that temperatures have not quite reached the 1930 levels. World temperatures are dropping slightly, though the news has made much of the increase in the eastern part of the US. (I’m in the West, where it has been quite cool — I’m still wearing sweaters in Southern California in April.)

We’ve tinkered with old temperatures to make our current ones look more extraordinary — but that hasn’t worked out to create the desired panic. So, tornadoes are are new push (along with, oddly, earthquakes as the product of global warming).

But tornadoes, though horrific when they hit populations centers (and thus have more targets every year) have not been cooperating in terms of shear numbers. Note the counts for the 1970s below. Other than the little F0s that we can now spot with automated equipment, numbers are down, as can be seen in this article.

A quick graph of larger tornadoes shows the lack of “hockey stick” effect:

Much like hurricanes, which have been dwindling since their 40-year peak a decade ago, the tornadoes aren’t giving the catastrophists much for count. So, instead, we focus on the damage done — a random effect but made more expensive and more likely by recent population and economic changes — and we call that “global weirding.”

Even NOAA, purveyors of catastrophist propaganda with scary graphs showing superstorms in the coming decades, admits on the same page that the trend for more than a century has been flat: “In short, the historical tropical storm count record does not provide compelling evidence for a substantial greenhouse warming induced long-term increase. ” (Emphasis theirs.) Compare this statement with the implications of the graph on that page:

That red line looks scary, doesn’t it?

But no matter — you can tease out of US government sites the fact that sea level rise is slow and essentially constant over the past centuries, while at the same time they show coastlines with catastrophic rises inundating Florida. Not to mention Los Angeles.

And they could hardly make the weather seem worse than what the CIA was reporting back in the 1970s, during the Global Cooling crisis.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle