Political Weather

The Biden administration uses this graph as evidence that burning fossil fuels is making the weather more severe.

U.S. Tornadoes | Societal Impacts | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

But NOAA knows the graph is flawed due to changes in the way tornadoes are detected and recorded. NOAA adjusts the tornado count for inflation – which makes the apparent increase disappear.

Inflation Adjusted Tornado Running Totals – Storm Prediction Center WCM Page

That NOAA web page has a link to an explanation explaining what is wrong with the data. That web page has been deleted by NOAA, but is available on the Internet Archive.

The relationship between preliminary and final tornado reports – NOAA Weather Partners

More meaningful data is the number of strong to violent tornadoes, which peaked in 1974 and have been declining for fifty years. It is much less likely that a violent tornado would have been missed in the past. This graph has also been deleted by NOAA.

Wayback Machine

This graph overlays the violent tornados in blue on top of the NOAA all tornado trend, and shows the divergence.

Three years ago was the first year with no violent tornadoes.

2018 will be the first year with no violent tornadoes in the United States – The Washington Post

And that followed the most quiet period on record for hurricanes.

The U.S. coast is in an unprecedented hurricane drought — why this is terrifying – The Washington Post

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1 Response to Political Weather

  1. Anon says:

    Amazing how prescient Richard Lindzen was back in 2008:

    Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?

    Richard S. Lindzen
    Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    The above factors are all amplified by the need for government funding. When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research. This paper will deal with the origin of the cultural changes and with specific examples of the operation and interaction of these factors. In particular, we will show how political bodies act to control scientific institutions, how scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions, and how opposition to these positions is disposed of.


    And so the data has to go, or be “adjusted”. (lol)

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