Biden addresses tornadoes, says ‘we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming’
by Brett T.
OK, we’re going to cut President Joe Biden a little bit of slack here. First of all, it looks like he didn’t bring up climate change during remarks about the tornadoes that ripped through the South and Midwest Friday night; a reporter (of course) asked him about it. He also seemed to take a wait-and-see stance, although he couldn’t maintain it, eventually saying that global warming makes all weather disasters more intense.
IPCC AR6 WG1
"trends in tornadoes… associated w/ severe convective storms are not robustly detected"
"attribution of certain classes of extreme weather (eg, tornadoes) is beyond current modelling & theoretical capabilities"
"how tornadoes… will change is an open question" https://t.co/UlTTkml7lp
— The Honest Broker (@RogerPielkeJr) December 11, 2021
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: “But none of that justifies making obviously false claims about the state of current science, even if made in support of a worthy cause by someone I voted for.”
Here are the facts:
• No overall trend in U.S. tornado activity since 1954; but EF-3+ down 50%.
• Climate models cannot resolve mesoscale features.
• Some enviro conditions may become more favorable in future, others less.
• Low confidence in climate change linkage. pic.twitter.com/G3vYVolpRf
— Chris Martz (@ChrisMartzWX) December 11, 2021
Coming up on the 64th Anniversary (December 18-19, 1957) of the devastating and deadly outbreak of violent tornadoes that impacted parts of southern Illinois, including an F5 tornado that destroyed Sunfield and F4 tornadoes in Gorham/Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon IL. pic.twitter.com/LpUh9ELKlX
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) December 12, 2021