Quantcast
Connect with us

Analysis: Only one meteorologist in entire US linked ‘climate change’ to record hot Christmas

Published

on

This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here.

A Raw Story analysis of thousands of TV weather forecasts in the United States found that only one meteorologist was willing to concede that the record breaking temperatures over the Christmas holiday could be linked to climate change.

The National Weather Service reported that over two dozen cities in the Eastern U.S. set record high temperatures on Christmas day. And during the first 27 days of December, about 10,000 record daily highs and record warm lows were set across the U.S.

ADVERTISEMENT

A Raw Story search of broadcast and cable news weather forecasts between Dec. 21 and Dec. 29 (via TVEyes) revealed that Steve MacLaughlin of WTAE was the only meteorologist to note that the weather patterns had been “enhanced by climate change” and El Niño.

In fact, a number of meteorologists went out of their way to explain why the high temperatures could not be tied to climate change.

WABC’s Jeff Smith agreed that El Niño played a role, but dismissed a link to climate change, saying that “you can never really blame one weather event, including a really warm month or two, on global warming.”

WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel called it “irresponsible” to connect current weather patterns to the changing climate.

“I could sit here and say that this is proof of the fact that there’s global warming going on — no, I can’t,” the North Carolina-based meteorologist told viewers on Monday. “Number one, for those of us in the East that are burning up right now, over in the West, there’s all sorts of heavy snow. So, they could use the same irresponsible argument on that side of the fence as I could on this one.”

ADVERTISEMENT

But meteorologists outside the U.S. were found to regularly connect climate change to the record-breaking temperatures.

Weather reporter Anwar Knight of CTV began his forecast on Tuesday by offering a candid opinion about the connection between climate and weather.

“I’m in the camp where it’s both man made climate change and of course El Niño,” he explained. “We have seen extremes we haven’t seen in a long time.”

ADVERTISEMENT

During a recent interview with MSNBC, science advocate Bill Nye urged meteorologists to talk more about climate change.

“We have a situation where no one in regular television will say the phrase ‘climate change,’” Nye lamented. “Nobody will mention this phrase. But the world’s getting warmer so when there’s an El Niño event, which is where the surface of the Pacific Ocean gets a little warmer, yes, you get these two things here in North America. You get more moisture in the atmosphere out west, which generally leads to more snow, which is what we have.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“And then you get the warm weather back east,” he added. “Since there’s more heat energy in the atmosphere, these two phenomena are amplified.”

Watch the video below.

This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Northern Kentucky bar owner flouts mask order in viral video: ‘We’re Americans — we want to have fun’

Published

on

A northern Kentucky bar owner shared video of himself and dozens of customers flouting the governor's mask mandate.

Patrick Townsend, owner of Town's End Bar and Grill in Florence, boasted in the video that he would not obey Gov. Andy Beshear's new order requiring masks in public to fight the spread of the coronavirus, reported WXIX-TV.

"What we're saying right now is, f*ck you, we're not wearing any masks," Townsend says in the Facebook Live video. "We are Americans -- we're going to do what we want and we want to have fun."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci

Published

on

MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski went off on an extended diatribe on Donald Trump and the White House for attempts to smear the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci based upon a report from NBC News.

According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."

Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Criminal malpractice’: MSNBC doctor shreds Betsy DeVos for evidence-free plan to reopen schools

Published

on

A public health expert blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for pushing to send children and teachers back to school as coronavirus cases explode.

President Donald Trump's education secretary repeatedly dodged questions about safety during Sunday morning interviews on CNN and Fox News, and Dr. Vin Gupta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the administration's lack of planning was unconscionable.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image