After Matthew dumped more than 17 inches of rain in North Carolina, science editor Andrew Freedman wrote in Mashable that "it's time to face the fact that the way we measure hurricanes and communicate their likely impacts is seriously flawed. " "We need a new hurricane intensity metric," he said, "that more accurately reflects a storm's potential to cause death and destruction well inland."...
"So with a new metric, warmists can declare every storm 'unprecedented' and a new 'record,' " says Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot and producer of "Climate Hustle," a movie that "takes a skeptical look at global warming." "This is all part of a financial scheme," says Morano. "If every bad weather event can have new metrics that make them unprecedented and a record, then they will declare it fossil-fuel-'poisoned weather.' Warmist attorneys general will use any storm now to get money from energy companies claiming that their company made tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and droughts worse. They will use any bad weather event to shake down energy companies. That is why the extreme storm meme is so important."
“Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change right now,” she said, citing “record high” ocean temperatures. She insisted that climate change “contributed” to the torrential rainfall and the flash flooding in North and South Carolina. “Sea levels have risen one foot in much of the Southeast which means Matthew’s storm surge was higher and the flooding more severe,” she said ominously...
Global warming, Gore said, was creating the energy that was “equivalent to what would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima class atomic bombs going off every day.” Zika and Lyme disease were more threatening because summers lasted longer, they argued, allowing ticks and mosquitoes to live longer. “Every single night on the television news is like a major hike through the Book of Revelation,” Gore said. “You look at the floods and the droughts and the mudslides and the fires and the incredible downpours…”
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano accused NOAA of twisting the facts to “make it appear the invisible hand of ‘global warming’ has a role in almost every weather event."
Heidi Cullen's involvement came as a red flag for Georgia Tech climate scientist Judith A. Curry, who also raised questions about releasing the study before a peer review. “This study involves several scientists from NOAA, along with a scientist that works for an advocacy group,” said Ms. Curry in an email. “NOAA has a team in Boulder, Colorado (led by Marty Hoerling) that typically conducts quite sensible analyses of such extreme events. So I don’t know why NOAA issued such a press release about a new publication without checking with this other team at NOAA.”
Pielke Sr.: 'From under reviewed paper to NOAA PR to USA Today. A dismaying example of manipulation of science for political reasons.'
Climate Depot's Marc Morano on new NOAA study: "No matter how hard federally funded climate activist scientists at NOAA try to bend and twist models and data to make it appear the invisible hand of 'global warming' has a role in almost every weather event, the facts refute their claims."
Morano: "Studies show that rainfalls used to be longer and worse. Ironically, heavy rains used to be caused by 'global cooling' in the 1970s. NOAA's overuse of climate models to claim such nonsense should be audited. The scientists know better. But it appears a one day flashy headline on 'record' rains based on dubious models that contradict data, seems to be too enticing for them to pass up."