Surprise: Warmists Blame Typhoon Haiyan On “Climate Change”

Obviously, we have to start with Joe Romm’s Climate Progress, funded by George Soros

Super Typhoon Haiyan is making a beeline towards the Philippines and thousands of people in vulnerable areas are being relocated to prepare for the impact of the strongest storm on the planet so far this year.

According to Climate Central, extremely warm surface waters, 2-3°F above average for the last few months in the western tropical Pacific, have fueled Haiyan’s growth. As of late Thursday morning (U.S. time), Super Typhoon Haiyan had top sustained winds near 190 mph (equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. (snip)

Human activity driving fundamental changes in the climate is likely causing sea surface temperatures to warm, which can in turn intensify extreme weather events like Super Typhoon Haiyan. In September, warm waters fueled Typhoon Usagi as it headed towards Hong Kong.

This was even before landfall in the Philippines. Here’s the India Times

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons each year, many of them deadly, but scientists have said climate change may be increasing their ferocity and frequency.


Climate scientists continue to search for insight into how manmade global warming, which is increasing sea surface temperatures along with changing air temperatures and the amount of moisture in the air, may be altering tropical storm systems like Haiyan. The most recent report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) found that “it is virtually certain that the frequency and intensity of the strongest tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic has increased since the 1970s,” but that there is less evidence of changes being detected in other ocean basins.


Climate change. Extreme weather. Super Storms. Already being called “The strongest storm in recorded history,” Hurricane Yolanda aka Haiyan, made landfall today in the Philippines, with recorded winds of up to 195 miles per hour.

Sources go on and on. They really can’t help themselves. The Australian notes

Masters said the previous record for the strongest typhoon to make landfall was Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi in the US with sustained winds of 190 miles an hour in 1969.

Interesting, because 1969 was during a period of downward trending temperatures, which led to so many scientists and news articles wondering if an ice age was approaching. Also

However some scientists say it is premature to blame climate change, and the Philippines has endured many devastating typhoons that have each claimed many hundreds of lives.

Obviously, those scientists just don’t understand the New Consensus and Talking Points.

Of course, the 195mph figure is an estimate. The Washington Post notes

Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. That makes it the world’s strongest typhoon this year, said Aldczar Aurelio of the government’s weather bureau.

So, at least for landfall, lower. But, one has to wonder why the destruction seems so minimal compared to, say, Hurricane Andrew.

Storms are simply a part of the natural order. We would be remiss in forgetting the human toll, though. Warmists use them as a prop for their pseudo-religion.

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4 Responses to “Surprise: Warmists Blame Typhoon Haiyan On “Climate Change””

  1. david7134 says:

    I saw a documentary on the erosion of the Louisiana coast due to climate change. Now the coast is eroding and it is secondary to man, but it has nothing to do with climate. It has everything to do with stupid engineers putting up levies along the Mississippi and thus not allowing the build up of sediment which is the LA coast. But, why confuse a good story with facts?

  2. Excellent points. I’ve seen a few documentaries and read a few things about what Man has done to the Mississippi in attempting to tame it, and that can cause issues. People wonder why flood plains get flooded.

  3. Jan Freed says:

    Climate change and sea level rise make the problems worse. Obviously, a higher ocean level will swamp already stressed coastlines.

  4. John Benton says:

    It’s obvious that some people like ranting Romm couldn’t help himself but the more his ranting’s become more desperate the less people listen. Same goes for the left wingers at the Huff Po.

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