Hot Take: Harvey Is A Harbinger Of ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

The last major hurricane prior to Harvey that made landfall on the Lower 48 was way back in October, 2005, the longest period between major storms on record for the U.S. You can count on one hand the number of hurricanes that have made landfall since 2008, which is well below average. Even tropical storms making landfall is below average. Tornado and thunderstorm activity is down. But, we get this bit of insanity from The Desert Sun’s Sammy Roth, published in the USA Today

Hurricane Harvey: Yet another harbinger of climate change

If you watched the images of Hurricane Harvey from afar and thanked goodness it wasn’t happening to you, scientists say you might be feeling a little too relaxed.

Powerful storms are hitting the U.S. more often — and not just in hurricane alley.

Rising global temperatures, caused mostly by the burning of fossil fuels, have coincided with an increase in extreme storms across the United States, according to the federal government’s latest National Climate Assessment, published in 2014.

But, out here in Reality Land, they haven’t. And, believe it or not, storms have always happened on Planet Earth. Weird concept, eh?

The planet has warmed by nearly 2 degrees since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, which translates to about 6% more moisture in the atmosphere, said Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s computational research division in California.

Except, it’s only been a 1.4 to 1.5 Fahrenheit increase. This is science. Precision matters. Not fearmongering. Furthermore, it’s rather expected that the temperatures go up during a Holocene warm period.

Some regions have been hit especially hard. Between 1958 and 2012, the number of extreme rainfall events increased by 71% in the Northeast, 37% in the Midwest and 27% in the Southeast. Scientists point to last year’s record-shattering rain in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and 2013’s deadly floods on Colorado’s Front Range, as the kinds of events climate change has already made more likely.

Interestingly, the period of 1958 to 1978 was one of cooling (actually going back into the 1940’s), and 1997-2015 was a pause period, meaning most of this happened while the temperatures weren’t going up (in contradiction of Warmist computer models). The problem here, though, is that there are not specific records to make proper comparisons between the time periods, especially when we are talking about the satellite era. Doesn’t matter, Warmists have a Narrative.

“The extremely heavy rains of Harvey are something that we expect to see more often as the dice are loaded toward heavier rain events,” said Radley Horton, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Of course, the extreme rainfall was simply due to weather conditions: a hurricane in the Gulf Of Mexico during peak summer being blocked by two high pressure ridges. This is weather, not climate. But, then, the Cult of Climastrology just doesn’t care about facts and science in their quest for more taxes and fees to go with more big government control of everything. Interestingly, these idiots never seem to realize that they themselves will suffer personally. They think all the bad things from their policies will affect Someone Else.

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11 Responses to “Hot Take: Harvey Is A Harbinger Of ‘Climate Change’ Or Something”

  1. Jeffery says:

    This is science. Precision matters.

    Precision does matter, but you meant ‘accuracy’.

    it’s rather expected that the temperatures go up during a Holocene warm period.

    So it’s getting warmer because the temperature is increasing. Brilliant! That’s what we call a tautology.

    In any event, this particular “Holocene warm period” is warmer than all the rest, likely being the warmest of the entire Holocene, and the Earth continues to warm rapidly, with no sound scientific reason to expect it to stop within the next millenium short of human interventions. But you guys may be right, fvck the future, burn all the coal and oil, CO2 reaches and stays at 800 ppm for several hundred years, and the Earth warms 8C. Since our caveman ancestors figured it out, so can our caveman descendents.

    You’ve still not related your hypothesis underlying the physical cause(s) of this extraordinary period of rapid warming. The hypotheses of climate skeptic scientists have not been supported by actual evidence, so much so that skeptics have stopped forming them.

    So here we are, in a Holocene warming period unlike any other, with an explanation not just scientifically plausible but also supported by tens of thousands of bits of evidence, and a tiny band of agenda-driven ideologues work overtime to lie about it.

  2. Jeffery says:

    tEACH (or any 30 percenter): What is your hypothesis to explain the current period of rapid warming?

  3. Jeffery says:

    Record highs out west. 106 in San Francisco! Wild fires turning the air black, unprecedented floods in Texas. Nothing to see here folks.

  4. Dana says:

    It’s summer in the South, and only 65ºF outside.

  5. Jl says:

    J-really? “Wild fires turning the air black…”. Yes, because wildfires have never turned the air black before..oh wait, they have, and wildfires are new..oh wait, they’re not. “Unprecedented floods in Texas”. The amount of rain mainly due to the stalling of the storm, which has nothing to do with CO2. But the best about unprecedented rain is that this is just a few yrs after the “experts” told us Texas was in permanent drought. CO2, the wonder gas. If it doesn’t rain and there’s wildfires, that was caused by CO2. If it does rain, and it rains too much, that was also caused by CO2. The climate circus continues.

    • Jeffery says:


      Ah, the famous “cigarettes can’t cause lung cancer because there was lung cancer before cigarettes” argument. Since there were storms and wildfires previously they can’t be made worse by global warming (which you call a fraud).

      As wise as most conservacommenters are, nearly every climate scientist disagrees with your conspiracy “theory”.

      • Jeffery says:


        It wasn’t long ago that you believed that the temperature measurements were all fraudulent. Have you changed your belief? Is the Earth actually warming?

        • Jeffery says:

          In fact, just a few years ago most skeptics, including the denier in chief, TV weatherman Tony Watts, denied that the Earth was warming at all. Now, most admit that the Earth really is warming and have changed their denialism to the “cause”, denying that CO2 can cause warming.

          If every skeptic was wrong then, why should we believe you now?

  6. Jl says:

    For your enjoyment-

  7. Jeffery says:

    tEACH and j,

    Remember all the posts and comments on how global warming had stopped? Remember how the Great Pause proved that global warming was over, if it ever really happened at all? Good times…

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