John Ransom

Mikey wrote: There is no direct link between a particular storm and global warming. What scientists know is that ocean temperatures are getting warmer, sea levels are rising, and the atmosphere contains more moisture because the air is warmer. - As Blizzard Nemo Strikes, Global Warming Won’t Be Far Behind

Dear Comrade Mikey,

That’s right; there is no connection between a storm and so-called global warming. Scientists theorize that storms could be become worse and more extreme, but there is very little evidence- very little is not to be confused with no evidence- that storms are any worse than they used to be.

In fact, Martin Hoerling, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who specializes in extreme weather events said last year that Hurricane Sandy and global warming have no connection.

“Great events can have little causes,” wrote Hoerling about SUPER STORM SANDY. “In this case, the immediate cause is most likely little more that the coincidental alignment of a tropical storm with an extratropical storm. Both frequent the west Atlantic in October…nothing unusual with that. On rare occasions their timing is such as to result in an interaction which can lead to an extreme event along the eastern seaboard. As to underlying causes, neither the frequency of tropical or extratropical cyclones over the North Atlantic are projected to appreciably change due to climate change, nor have there been indications of a change in their statistical behavior over this region in recent decades.”

His colleague, Stanley Goldberg, a research scientist with the Hurricane Research division with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says that hurricanes are no more frequent or intense as a result of what he calls “Al Gore Warming.”


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.