Media/Climate Activists ‘Hype False Claims’ About Typhoon Haiyan As Scientists Reject Climate Link – Claim of ‘strongest storm ever’ refuted – Climate Depot Special Report


By: - Climate DepotNovember 9, 2013 12:37 PM with 23 comments

Climate Depot’s Exclusive Round Up of Typhoon Haiyan

Scientists reject Typhoon Haiyan link to man-made global warming: Storm expert Brian McNoldy of U. of Miami: ‘We don’t get to pick and choose which storms are enhanced by a warmer climate and which ones aren’t’ — Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami: ‘While Haiyan was absolutely amazing, it’s not alone. It’s in an elite company of a handful of other tropical cyclones scattered across the decades and across the world.’ — Haiyan ‘was just as subject to this year’s climate as the numerous others that weren’t so impressive. Extremely intense tropical cyclones are rare, but have always been a part of nature — we don’t need to find an excuse for them.’

Gabe Vecchi, a research oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that if global warming altered Haiyan, it did not do so to a significant extent. ‘I expect that the contribution of global warming to Haiyan’s extreme intensity is likely to have been small, relative to other factors like weather fluctuations and climate variability.’

Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. rips media for Haiyan hype: ‘Super powerful storm doesn’t need the extra hype. Reality is bad enough…Philippine Met Service predicted max 18 ft surge from Typhoon Haiyan. So Anderson Cooper’s [show] of CNN ‘off by 22-32 ft’ — Pielke Jr. : ‘Indeed, pretty scary and devastating. So why the need to hype with false claims of 40-50 ft? (on CNN’s Anderson Cooper)

Philippine Met Service: ‘Some of the reports of wind speeds were exaggerated’

Flashback study shows most frequent typhoons happend in Little Ice Age: ’2004 paleoclimate reconstruction of hurricane landfalls in South-eastern China: ‘Remarkably, the two periods of most frequent typhoon strikes in Guangdong (AD 1660–1680, 1850–1880) coincide with two of the coldest & driest periods in northern & central China during the Little Ice Age’

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi: ‘If you really studied typhoons,then Haiyan is perhaps as big as they come, but you dont shoot your mouth off about it being strongest ever’

Media incorrect to claim (driven by warmist Jeff Masters) of Being The Most Powerful Hurricane Ever — Haiyan Was Only A Category 4 — ‘Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5.’

Real Science: ‘Jeff Masters exaggerated the wind speeds by 50 MPH and got thousands of news publications to print his lies, which are now the sacred legend of the climate religion.’

The Philippines Have Always Had Super Typhoons — See list from 1882-1938

Analysis: ‘Every time there is a big storm, someone with an authoritative sounding title makes a bogus claim. The press corpse picks up on it, and it becomes sacred legend. No amount of scientific rebuke can undo the legend’

UK Paper Blames Typhoon Haiyan on Global Warming: ‘As climate change continues, we should expect more devastating storms’ — Meteorologist slams claim

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue slams claims as the ‘first of many garbage articles to come’

Maue: ‘Over past 1,000 years, Philippines have been hit by 10-20 thousand tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan.’

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue: Amazing how bad media/news information is on Haiyan: ‘strongest storm ever recorded’ — No independent fact checking. Just rely on a blog’ (Warmist Jeff Masers blog)

Wash Post’s Brad Plumer on tropical cyclones: ‘There don’t appear to be any obvious global trends’

Warmists blame global warming! Heidi Cullen blames ‘deep warm water’ for fueling typhoon Haiyan’s ‘intensity’ — But data refutes her claim — Bob Tisdale refutes Heidi Cullen: ‘There was nothing unusually warm about the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Typhoon Haiyan’s storm track’

Early Typhoon Haiyan SSTa Weekly

[ Update: UK Paper Blames Typhoon Haiyan on Global Warming: ‘As climate change continues, we should expect more devastating storms’ — Meteorologist slams claim]

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Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen appears to be the first global warming activist to promote a link between typhoon Haiyan and man-made global warming. See: Meteorologist Anthony Watts announces: ‘Dr. Heidi Cullen of Climate Central wins the “First Haiyan BS award” with this missive.

Weather Bell meteorologist Joe Bastardi also weighed in, excoriating Cullen “Are you for real?, Bastardi asked Cullen. “Of course water is warm, NO typhoons within 100 miles of this since 2008. No stirring of water,” he explained.

Did you even bother to look at how infrequent typhoons have been where this is crossing, which means water is not cooled?’ Bastardi wrote.

He added, “Thanks btw. Verified a forecast I issued 5 days ago: agw ilk would use storm. Lets hear what you say about next week cold in US’

This is not the first time Cullen has been at the center of a climate controversy. In 2007, she called for all meteorologists to conform to belief in man-made global warming claims. See: Flashback January 2007: Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen Calls for Decertifying AMS Global Warming Skeptics

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Warmists go full shameless: ‘Climate Deniers, Super Typhoon Haiyan Is Looking At You’ — Warmist claims: ‘When climate science deniers claim a global warming “pause,” the heat isn’t missing – it’s right there lurking in the ocean, waiting to put super typhoons on steroids’

Skeptical scientist Bob Tisdale refutes warmist claims: ‘Are you aware those sea surface temperature conditions exist often in the western tropical Pacific?  In fact, there is nothing unusually warm about the sea surface temperatures for the early portion of Haiyan’s storm track.’

Warmist John Vidal of UK Guardian: Typhoon Haiyan: ‘What really alarms Filipinos is the rich world ignoring climate change’ — ‘Typhoon Haiyan, like Bopha, will be seen widely in developing countries as a taste of what is to come, along with rising sea levels and water shortages’

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi: ‘Amazing hurricane season. LOWEST ACE (accumulated cyclone energy) ever recorded in warm amo ( Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation), non warm enso (El Niño–Southern Oscillation) season. Not even close Simply astounding for its lack’

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Flashback: Meteorologist Bastardi Slams Heidi Cullen as ‘stunningly ignorant’ for ‘claiming global warming was( is) responsible for all that is wrong in the weather, climate or whatever’ — ‘I am simply astounded that someone that is accorded the honor of a PHD can think this way’

UK Paper Blames Typhoon Haiyan on Global Warming: ‘As climate change continues, we should expect more devastating storms’ — Meteorologist slams claim – UK Mirror: ‘Haiyan had already been recognized as the most intense tropical storm in this area since Super Typhoon Tip (1979).’ – ’It has long been recognized that the increases seen in global average temperatures are likely to drive changes in the patterns and frequency of extreme weather events…As our planet home, and particularly its oceans, heats, simple physics tells us that the energy stored will likely lead to increases in the intensity and frequency of devastating storms like Haiyan.’

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue slams claims as the ‘first of many garbage articles to come’ – Maue: ‘Over past 1,000 years, Philippines have been hit by 10-20 thousand tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan.’

Wash Post’s Brad Plumer on tropical cyclones: ‘There don’t appear to be any obvious global trends’

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi: ‘Amazing hurricane season. LOWEST ACE (accumulated cyclone energy) ever recorded in warm amo ( Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation), non warm enso (El Niño–Southern Oscillation) season. Not even close Simply astounding for its lack’

New Study: ’2013 ranks as one of the least extreme U.S. weather years ever’– Many bad weather events at ‘historically low levels’

Report: ‘Extreme Weather Report 2012′: ‘Latest peer-reviewed studies, data & analyses undermine claims that current weather is ‘unprecedented’ or a ‘new normal’

Analysis: ‘Greenhouse gas levels reach record highs, nothing happens’

Temperatures: Global temperatures have been flat since 1998

Global Cooling: ‘Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002,” writes Dr. Judith Curry, the chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Extreme Weather: “It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Professor Roger Pielke Jr. said in his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Hurricanes: ‘Hurricanes have not increased in frequency, intensity or normalized damage in the U.S. since 1900.

Tornadoes: Tornadoes and tropical cyclones have also not become more intense or frequent since 1950 and 1970, respectfully.

Floods & Droughts: U.S. floods have not increased in frequency or intensity since 1950, according to Professor Roger Pielke Jr., and droughts have become shorter, less frequent, and smaller over the last century. Globally, floods have changed very little in the last 60 years.

Wildfires: Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, the “skeptical environmentalist,” writes: “Historical analysis of wildfires around the world shows that since 1950 their numbers have decreased globally by 15%… The world has not seen a general increase in drought. A study published in Nature in November shows globally that ‘there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.’

Arctic Ice: Arctic sea ice coverage was 29 percent greater in September of this year compared to the same time last year — with ice covering 533,000 square miles of ocean more than last year.

Antarctic Ice: The south pole has also fared well, despite rising greenhouse gas emissions. Antarctic sea ice hit a 35-year record high in September — covering nearly 20 million square kilometers of ocean with ice. The previous sea ice coverage record was in 2012, meaning there have been two straight record high years.

Sea Level: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show the sea levels only rose 1.1 to 1.3 millimeters per year from 2005 to 2012. This is actually below the rate of sea level rise from 1954 to 2003.