Al Gore makes a Category 6 level blunder

UPDATE: 8/23/13 1:00PM PDT Its seems there’s blunders to go around. The Washington Post now says they “misquoted” Gore. Given his penchant for saying and doing dumb things in the past related to his views on climate, color me “skeptical”, especially when he makes ugly comparisons about people like he did below. It may be more of a case of some deal was worked out behind the scenes to salvage Gore’s waning credibility. I suppose we’ll never know, but I have asked WaPo to put the relevant audio of the tape recorded session online so we can verify that Gore was misquoted. – Anthony

From the WUWT story yesterday: Al Gore compares climate skeptics to anti abolitionists, racists, homophobes, and alcoholic families

Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.

We are used to such feckless bloviations, such as when Gore said on national television the temperature below the Earth’s crust is millions of degrees. or when he adds reverse rotation airbrushed hurricanes to his book to make the weather look scarier.

Today, the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post called out Gore for his nonsense.

Jason Samenow writes:

But Gore’s statement about this new breed of hurricanes is patently false. There’s no new  hurricane category in the works.

Just to be sure, I contacted Chris Vaccaro, director of the National Weather Service’s office of public affairs, and asked him whether the National Hurricane Center is about to unveil the doomsday Category 6.  In less than 10 minutes, he fired back this response:

No, we’re not pursuing any such change.  I’m also not sure who VP Gore means by “they.” I’d also point out that the top rating, Category 5, has no ceiling: it includes hurricanes with top sustained winds of 157mph and higher

He adds:

But with his penchant for overstatement, Gore will continue to be a divisive and less than credible voice in climate change discourse.

Read it all here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/22/the-category-6-hurricane-al-gores-science-fiction/

Good for him and kudos for calling out this nonsense. Every time I think of Gore and Cat6, I think of him as the Stay-Puft man in Ghostbusters rampaging on NYC. The only valid question remaining is, why does anybody still listen to him?

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102 Responses to Al Gore makes a Category 6 level blunder

  1. cirby says:

    That’s one big Category 6 Twinkie.

  2. Harold Ambler says:

    I used to dream of debating Gore about climate change on national TV. My reality testing score has improved slightly since then, lol.

  3. Mike Bromley the Kurd says:

    Why indeed. Because he’s photogenic, I guess. (cough)

  4. Frank K. says:

    Atlantic hurricane activity is looking pretty pathetic right now…of course, there is still September and October to go…

  5. Gary Hladik says:

    Category 1: Lies
    Category 2: Damned lies
    Category 3: Statistics
    New Category 4: Gorisms

  6. Out: Turn it up to Eleven
    In: Category SIX!!1!

  7. Colin says:

    So now that the possibility of a Cat 6 hurricane has hit the press – the same way that the “melting” North Pole did, when will this be retracted? Whatever happened to investigative journalism? Whatever happened to actual research BEFORE printing garbage? “Journalists” have become amazingly lazy and are ready to accept and print anything.

  8. Mac the Knife says:

    “The only valid question remaining is, why does anybody still listen to him?”

    He is still deemed a useful tool by the socialists behind the AGW meme. “A lie told often….”

  9. Tucker says:

    well, Al did invent the internet you know, so he’s got that going for him.

    /sarc

  10. David Schofield says:

    A Spinal Tap moment.

  11. steven says:

    A cat6 ManBearPig!

  12. JimS says:

    When the public hears this about a category 6 level hurricane having to be made just because of climate change, the public will simply accept it as truth because it was from Al Gore. That is the nature of propaganda; the nature of outright lies. Once it is out there, that is it.

    “And the Arctic has melted. How do I know? Because a scientist said so on the news.” (/sarc)

  13. Mike H says:

    For anybody who doesn’t get the Spinal Tap Theme,

    Yes, as soon as I read the “Category 6″ comment, I thought, Why not go to eleven?!?!?

  14. dp says:

    Is there anything stupid he’s willing to leave unsaid?

  15. Brian R says:

    “steven says:

    A cat6 ManBearPig!”

    I’m super serial!

  16. Kaboom says:

    Stupid runs on a Spinal Tap scale.

  17. cotwome says:

    Maybe he got the idea from this abc news article written in 2006:

    It says: “There is no official Category 6 for hurricanes, but scientists say they’re pondering whether there should be as evidence mounts that hurricanes around the world have sharply worsened over the past 30 years”… and… “most hurricane scientists say now we will probably be getting Category 4 and 5 hurricanes more frequently in the coming decades.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Science/story?id=1986862&page=1

  18. elmer says:

    We are all laughing now but I wonder if Al Gore will get the last laugh.

    Obama is enacting massive CO2 regulations on Al’s behest (no Conress needed). I think the rush is on so that when temperatures starts plunging (like they already are) Al and Obama can take the credit for saving the planet. 2012 will probably be the peak so they have to do it now. The mainstream press will be more then happy to oblige them saying they saved the planet and further demonisethe naysayers. Michael Man and his ilk will start fuding the numbers the other way to show that the EPA regulations are working and we will have major CO2 taxes in perpetuity.

    Al’s new Hurricane classification is probably coming from the fact that Hurricane Sandy WASN’T a hurricane when it hit shore, even though though it caused major damage. I think his new classification isn’t a Class 6 hurricane but rather a Class 1/2 so that he and the greens can say there are now more hurricanes then ever. I’m sure NOAA and NASA will be more than happy to helpout old Al, because hey, how can you have all that damage and not have it be a hurricane?

    So sure laugh all you want now but I have a feeling Al is going to be laughing all the way to the bank.

  19. philjourdan says:

    YOu ask a valid question. Yet I am reminded of the Gorebots swarming your blog when you had the article from the mole..

    YOu have to remember, all those people in Jonestown voluntarily took the cyanide kool aid

  20. Retired Engineer says:

    Gary Hladik: The IEEE worked on this many years back
    Proposed scale of Mendacity:
    1: Lies
    2: Damned lies
    3: Statistics
    4: Damned statistics (willful abuse thereof)
    5: Benchmarks
    6: Delivery promises
    7: Campaign promises (Goreisms might fit here)

  21. M Courtney says:

    Slightly on topic:
    The best thing about the BBC is that the volume on the BBC I-Player can be adjusted from 0 (silence) up to 11.

  22. Zeke says:

    WUWT says “The only valid question remaining is, why does anybody still listen to him?”

    Is it because the Clintonistas are a major source of funding for anti-fossil fuel/AGW activism, and Hillary Clinton is about to run for President?

  23. Janice Moore says:

    … with his penchant for overstatement, Gore will continue to be … divisive and less than credible

    ….

    but, even more amusing!

    Who could take him seriously? (“millions of degrees”… “cat 6″…. lol)

    “Nobody takes me cereal!”

    .
    .
    .

    Swedes seem to, but, then, Swedes tend to be a tough audience.

  24. pokerguy says:

    Hah! Category 6. Very funny. I think if we keep hammering away, we can embarrass him (not an easy assignment) by introducing “Category 6′ as a new term for a spectacularly stupid and easily disproven claim.

  25. Janice Moore says:

    BTW, Anthony, LOVED the “Stay Puft Man” clip. Thanks for the laugh.

  26. Janice Moore says:

    Awww, I messed up the part about the Swedes. Gore wasn’t TRYING to be funny. Well, the Swedes did not find him amusing and likely will not — they probably just think he is someone to be pitied or scorned.

  27. hunter says:

    Mike H,
    It is a wee bit sad that so few get the Spinal Tap reference these days…..
    I tried it on the first Goreon thread, but few seemed to get it there, either.
    I back your use of this 110%, lol

  28. mkelly says:

    Maybe it is time more of us went out in public like Anthony and gave speeches, wrote letters to the editor, held regional WUWT conferences to counter the likes of Gore. Although this blog is great it is not looked at by a vast part of the public.

    Regional WUWT conferences I like the sound of that. Presentations, speeches (short), and discussion panels held at a local college or university. RGB has a nice university where he is.

  29. Auto says:

    I know algore is a figure of fun.
    I know he’s grown his mouth, to be able to fit both feet in it at the same time.
    [Ouroboros-images spring to mind, but, I fear, no such luck.]
    And I think calling really serious industrial, mega-porky-pies ‘cat 6s’ is a seriously good idea.
    You can probably use it at least 25% of the time you see a politician with their mouth open.

  30. Steven Hill from Ky (the welfare state) says:

    I think Gore needs a trip to Egypt to represent the Muslim Brotherhood, yes, he would be ideal for that. Can someone call President Barrack Obama and have him act on this? Maybe Hansen could go along for support. Next they can fly to China and demand to them to stop using coal. Well, they may never make it out of Egypt, but in case they do, China.

  31. Mike says:

    Algor-ithms? He is the one with all the excess wind!

  32. Jimbo says:

    cotwome says:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe he got the idea from this abc news article written in 2006:……….

    They have no evidence. The last time I looked at the Ace Hurricane Index it showed a negative trend for the last 30 years. The evidence that does exist points to devastating storms during the Little Ice Age. By coincidence I was reading something at the BBC:

    BBC – 22 August 2013
    The authors note that wind also increased during the Little Ice Age, in the area they took their samples from. This wind has been known to cause the ice to crack, creating areas of open water, which can make it easier for penguins to hunt.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23796489

  33. Jimbo says:

    cotwome says:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe he got the idea from this abc news article written in 2006:………evidence mounts that hurricanes around the world have sharply worsened over the past 30 years

    By the way since 2005 major hurricanes have been heading down while frequency has been heading down for 30 years. The graph shows the very opposite of what Al Gozeera claims. He is a shister.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/01/dr-ryan-maue-releases-new-hurricane-frequency-data-showing-a-negative-trend-in-the-last-30-years/

  34. taxed says:

    elmer
    Let’s see if Al Gore is still laughing if we still have no hurricanes by the end of this season.
    l can see a real chance of that happening with the way things are looking over the mid Atlantic at the moment.

  35. Gary says:

    Why does anybody listen to him? Simple: he’s got money and connections. And he works for the Agenda and so is not subject to MSM attack.

  36. Chad Wozniak says:

    The sad – and ominous – part of BloodyMess is that he has real power. He has der Fuehrer’s ear, and with that the ability to do enormous harm. His buffoonery doesn’t hinder him at all – it makes no difference.

    Carbon taxes are not likely to go anywhere so long as the Republicans hold the House. Der Fuehrer can spout off regulations all he wants, but he can’t enact a tax on his own. While Congress is sufficiently torpid and cowardly to let him legislate, it’s unlikely they would just meekly surrender the taxing authority.

    Of course, if the various “phony” scandals do lead to appropriate results, der Fuehrer and his satraps might conceivably be stopped from the worst of their economic and political vandalism.

  37. Rob Crawford says:

    “YOu have to remember, all those people in Jonestown voluntarily took the cyanide kool aid”

    No, not all of them did. The ones who resisted were shot.

    It *was* yet another attempt to build a socialist dream society, remember.

  38. David Leigh says:

    Al Gore has obviously seen Spinal Tap, where the amplifier must be the loudest in the world because the volume dial goes up to 11, not 10 – way to go, Al !!!

  39. AndyG55 says:

    From the Stay Puft clip..

    “I’m sorry Ray, I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought”

    Applies well to Al Gore.

  40. johnbuk says:

    dp said “Is there anything stupid he’s willing to leave unsaid?”
    Don’t underestimate him, I’m sure he can find something.

  41. darrylb says:

    You may remember in a thread here at WUWT that Dr. John Abraham, an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas here in Minneosta was quoted speaking of a level 6 hurricane to which Dr. Ryan Maue replied “that is batshit stupid!’
    As Dr. Abraham views himself as being a member of the Climate Science rapid response team, I had best be careful that I do not get a bucket of water on me. However, probably not, My little fire is too small, yet.

  42. Pamela Gray says:

    Trenberth is looking for hotspots. Al Gore for 6spots. And Mann his reputationspot. If Al knows there is a category 6 but can’t find one, there must be dark hurricanes we just can’t see. Actually, I have an idea. Let’s print up some fake money and put these people on the spothunt payroll. It will keep them busy and away from other people looking for all these mysteriously absent spots. Maybe they could caste some footprints? And provide some grainy footage? Plus they could work part time in the local quick stop grocery store built on the edge of known spot territories. Which would be on the left coast I imagine.

  43. “Al Gore isn’t even honest about his own movie.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324619504579028920138950330.html
    Today’s Best of the Web from James Taranto

  44. cotwome says:

    Jimbo says:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    August 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    The article from 2006 is ludicrous, the only ‘scientist’ they quote is Greg Holland of NCAR fame; the article also has this gem:

    “Greg Holland’s research base — the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. — receives overwhelming evidence for the human contribution to global warming constantly now, challenging NCAR’s ranks of world class climatologists (and their sleek black humming supercomputers in the basement) to produce ever more refined predictions of the planet’s rising fever over the next few decades.”

    … 7 years since this article was written makes it look even sillier now! Face palm.

    Cheers!

  45. EternalOptimist says:

    The newspaper called him out, and made a fool of him.

    Sometimes it’s better to let a lie run for a little while, at least he can’t take all the limelight, and then claim that he mispoke

  46. John Blake says:

    Gore in his sub-normal fashion has glommed onto a so-called “panchreston,” a “concept that explains everything” (akin to panacea).

    Dialectical materialism’s “thesis-antithesis-synthesis” is Marxism’s classic case-in-point– a simplistic form of “anosognosia” [1914], Dunning-Kruger’s famed “incompetence of ignorance” whereby fools are incapable of realizing their profound deficiencies (“mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself”).

    As Big Al spews forth calumnies, yapping pejoratives like a poodle in a massage parlor, wizened frontal lobes approach a Darwinian limit below which sentience reverts to instinct: Breathe, feed, vegetate pretty-well define Big Al.

  47. Skiphil says:

    An aside, since the standing world wind speed record for 70+ years was set in 1934 on a mountain, perhaps Albore needs to go back to 1934 to tell meteorologists what to say about a measured wind speed of 231 mph:

    http://www.mountwashington.org/about/visitor/recordwind.php

  48. Al’s behind the times. We all know that the Category 7 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468988/?ref_=sr_1) is the most powerful storm that can be. I mean, Randy Quaid and Gina Gershon can’t be wrong, right?

  49. Dr. Lurtz says:

    The Liberals win whenever you engage them! The standard technique is to pull out an extreme event, and then laugh at you when you attempt to discredit them. The only way to remove this nonsense is to ignore it, and, more important, cut the funding!

  50. KNR says:

    Sadly no matter how much BS he talks , there is always someone willing to give him money and air-time. Which given that is all he wants , means he is going to carry right on .
    The good news is has he gets worse the AGW faithful have to tie themselves into even bigger knots to support St Gore , This combination of BS and knot twisting is see for the rubbish it is so as with Mann and his huge ego , it actual does good for AGW sceptics

  51. jono1066 says:

    Gore with an `E` is just plain gory, the same old story
    his verbal tracts are missing fact and truth it lacks.
    He`s spouting forth for all he`s worth, but tis just mirth
    He`s had his day made some big play but now we pray to rest he`ll lay
    his long barrage to the world at large of nought but

    verbiage

  52. DirkH says:

    Janice Moore says:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    “Awww, I messed up the part about the Swedes. Gore wasn’t TRYING to be funny. Well, the Swedes did not find him amusing and likely will not — they probably just think he is someone to be pitied or scorned.”

    Unfortunately a majority of the Swedes is about as stupid as ‘Muriccan Liberals and have elected a president that has turned Stockholm into a part of Somalia.

  53. Outrageous Ampersand says:

    Al Gore finds the truth inconvenient.

  54. u.k.(us) says:

    Happy endings are best left in fairy tales.

  55. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Category 6 hurricane has never hit the US.

  56. Coalsoffire says:

    Gavin: Hello team welcome to our regular conference call to discuss the front lines of the Climate wars and to report on our progress and plans. Let’s begin with a roll call. This is Gavin, of course, Peter are you on the line?
    Peter G: (silence)
    Gavin: Peter. Peter!
    PG: Uhh. Ohh. Yes it might have been me, but I’ll deny to my grave…
    Gavin (interrupting): No not that Peter. I’m just asking if you are on the line.
    PG: Oh. Well yes I do admit to making the call, but I didn’t forge…
    Gavin (interrupting again): Oh for Heaven’s sake. You are on the line. Next. Who else is here.
    Kevin T: It’s me Kevin. I’m here. It would be a travesty if you couldn’t find me … (laughing) get it?
    Gavin: We get it Kevin, believe me we get it. Who else is on the line?
    Michael M: I should very much like to report that I am a scientist. A CLIMATE scientist. Dr. Michael Mann, Phd and Nobel Prize winner at your service on the front lines of the climate wars.
    Gavin: Oh your eminence, my liege, my Lord ….
    MM (interrupting): Just call me your Dr. Mann Superior as per usual. That will suffice.
    Gavin: Well then, of course, your Dr. Mann Superiorness in climate science and all things sciencey. We are honored beyond any expression of honor to have you with us and we await the inevitable settled elevation of all things with what you will demonstrate and the flattening of all historical resistance by your intellect and the very force of your powerful ….
    MM (interrupting): That’s the trick, the nature trick …
    KT: (bursting into laughter) good one Mighty Mann of Science and Humor. You are really Hot and on the Spot. Hot and on the spot…. (laughing) get it? Hot and on the spot, he’s a hot spot.
    Gavin: (chuckling in a forced way) Well Steig is out to lunch as usual and Briffa is under the weather…
    KT: (interrupting) You mean under the climate don’t you… (laughing)
    Gavin: (ignoring the interruption) So I guess that’s all present and accounted for.
    Al Gore: Hold on. You forgot about me! I don’t usually descend to this sort of level but don’t forget I was invited especially to report of that new level of hurricane I invented.
    Gavin: Well, of course. I’m sorry I forgot. And that brings us to the first order of business. As you all know Vice President Gore, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Tobacco apologist extraordinaire, Academy Award Winner, Bringer of Winter, Inventor of the Interwebby thing and the guy who put inconvenience on the world map has joined us. Welcome Mr. Vice President. Thank you for gracing our gathering with your greatness.
    KT: (laughing) that’s a good one.
    Al Gore: What are you laughing about?
    KT: I don’t know Oh Great Inconvenient One. I seem to find humor in everything and that’s a travesty (laughing more) get it?
    Gavin: We get it Kevin.
    Michael M: Well I for one and very happy to welcome someone to our midst who I consider in some small way to be my equal. This definitely will hide the decline that usually presents itself when we get together. This is truly an uplifting experience for you people to have both the great Gore and the great Mann together.
    Peter: Of course it is a privilege. And speaking as an ethical titan myself I would like to say that truth is really inconvenient, so your epic film is too true on too many levels so truly and ethically I’m honestly and truly overcome with joy to have you here.
    Gavin: Now to business. The main purpose of this meeting is for us to pat each other on the back about what we are accomplishing saving the world from Global annihilation by carbon. Oh. What did I just say? Make a note. Add Global Annihilation by carbon to that list we have of catastrophic catch phrases to replace Global Warming. It just might be the ticket. But back to the point in hand. As you know Mr. Gore has invented a real winner with that level 6 hurricane thing. And so I was thinking, what the heck, no offense to you Mr. Vice President and Inconvenient Extraordinaire, but I was wondering if we all put our heads together could we come up with something even greater, higher and scarier even? Any suggestions.
    Kevin T: Well if you put it that way I’m thinking there must be a number, I don’t know what it would be, but there must be one, that’s even great than 6.
    Peter G: Wow. You are on to something there. 5 was bad. Really bad. And 6 well it’s even worse. But think of it. Could there be a higher number than that?
    Gavin: I see your drift. And we should have asked Phil Jones to be with us today because he’s a whiz at numbers and mathy type spreadsheet stuff and probably he knows a number like that.
    Al Gore: Yeah. I’ve heard that. But I think I know a number higher than 6. What about millions. That’s a big amount isn’t it? Millions of degrees for example, like the sun. That’s really hot. Imagine a hurricane that’s as fast and furious as the sun is hot. That would need a big number.
    MM: Well you have a point there, but I think we should think about this for a while. I have a few secret files on hand that probably have numbers in them. I’m sure I could tease a number out of them that would be greater than 6 but not quite millions and millions. We should save the millions numbers for later in the century. You know, for when the oceans get boiling.
    Gavin: Are we agreed then? Mike will find in his database some new scary number and we will announce it in a short while after the scare of the category 6 wears off a bit. Then we will save the millions number for a later time.
    Kevin: Yeah. I agree because it would be a travesty to find the number too soon (breaking into uncontrolled laughter) get it?
    All: (laughing uproariously)
    Gavin: Well that settles it. Back to the trenches, and next week Michael will have a number for us. But no pressure because we could get a focus group of some sort and see if any of them knows what’s the next number after 6 is. Or someone could watch that blog by the person whose name we dare not mention. He might mention a number and we could just borrow it and then back date our announcement so it looks like we thought of it ourselves That usually works. See you all next week. Bye for now.

  57. Lance Luhrquer says:

    Wadda minit, you guys! I don’t know if it’s been mentioned in this comment thread,
    but THERE IS A CAT 6! And yes it’s faster than CAT 5. And it’s part of something
    that Albert Gorbal is an expert about! CAT 5 & CAT 6 are essential to the global
    functioning of the internet! It’s the specification of cables for ethernet! So in his
    mind (Ha!) He’s absolutely right about the new CAT 6 being faster. In case any of you
    doubt me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_6_cable.

  58. Michael Moon says:

    Pamela Gray,

    “If Al knows there is a category 6 but can’t find one, there must be dark hurricanes we just can’t see.”

    In Hollywood they call that a “spit take,” hilarious, laughed out loud. Trenberth’s missing heat must be Dark Energy, mysteriously driving the deep ocean hotter as it drives the galaxies farther apart at an accelerating rate….

  59. Chuck Nolan says:

    John Blake says:
    August 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    ………………………….
    As Big Al spews forth calumnies, yapping pejoratives like a poodle in a massage parlor, wizened frontal lobes approach a Darwinian limit below which sentience reverts to instinct: Breathe, feed, vegetate pretty-well define Big Al.
    —————————————————-
    I believe that was a sex poodle yapping pejoratives in the massage parlor.
    cn

  60. SasjaL says:

    DirkH on August 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Stupid? Sorry to say, but in Sweden we can’t vote for a political position that doesn’t exist! We never have had any president ever. Why? Simple, Sweden is and basically always has been a monarchy, never a republic …

    (Our queen is German, as you should know …)

  61. Chuck Nolan says:

    Coalsoffire says:
    August 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    ——————————————————————————————-
    Very very funny.
    Really enjoyed reading it all.
    cn

  62. Gunga Din says:

    Just to be sure, I contacted Chris Vaccaro, director of the National Weather Service’s office of public affairs, and asked him whether the National Hurricane Center is about to unveil the doomsday Category 6. In less than 10 minutes, he fired back this response:

    No, we’re not pursuing any such change. I’m also not sure who VP Gore means by “they.”

    ========================================================================
    Perhaps the same “they” who started naming snowstorms?

  63. Craig W. says:

    DocattheAutopsy beat me to it; my theory was that Al had this in his Netflix queue recently:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_6:_Day_of_Destruction

  64. Bob Greene says:

    How much money has Gore made from this scam? No matter stupid his pronouncements sound, he is profiting from the flim-flam. Laugh at him all you want, but until he is so embarrassed that he has to retreat to his many mansions, he still wins (financially).

  65. BobM says:

    Maybe he was thinking of this minor modification to the Categories in 2012: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/sshws_2012rev.pdf

    Category 5 is 157+ mph, category 4 is 130-156. If there was a Cat 6 it would have to be something around 180+mph. There have only been 4 such hurricanes in recorded history, not all of which made landfall or hit the US: Dog, 1950, 185 mph., Camille, 1969, 190 mph., Allen, 1980, 190 mph., Gilbert, 1988, 185 mph.
    Most of these “Cat 6″ hurricanes were during cooler times. During the current “unprecedented warming” period we’ve now gone 25 years and counting since the last “Extreme hurricane”.

  66. Ack says:

    im going to guess Sandy would be algores first 6

  67. TomRude says:

    He probably confused it with the open ended Richter scale…

  68. MattS says:

    dp,

    “Is there anything stupid he’s willing to leave unsaid?”

    Is there anything stupid he hasn’t already said?

  69. Janice Moore says:

    There are so MANY witty and fun posts above, LOL (yes, read them all — at least you can know SOMEONE read and laughed at your comment). You WUWT commenters are the best!

    Coals of Fire (at 3:40PM), there are many sitcoms that could use your fine writing. Terrific incorporation of the history and GREAT comedy.

    @Sasja, you are definitely one of the intelligent Swedes. We’ve got them here, you’ve got them there, dunderheads are everywhere.

  70. Janice Moore says:

    Bob Greene, (re: “Laugh at him all you want, but until he is so embarrassed that he has to retreat to his many mansions… .”)

    I would rather be dirt poor than be Al Gore.

  71. Michael Jankowski says:

    I can confirm that the trend of Cat 6 hurricanes is perfectly flat and that we’re continuously setting records for the most days without having a Cat 6 hurricane either forming or making a landfall.

    The sad thing about Gore and many of his ilk is that they’re always waiting and hoping for destruction. They don’t want a future without hurricanes, let alone a future with no hurricanes. They want and need savage acts of nature to score points.

  72. Txomin says:

    What do you mean “listen”? I don’t listen to Al Gore. I pray to him.

  73. Adam says:

    Gore is the ultimate non-checker-of-facts. He just gets some idea from somewhere and must make a press release before even asking anybody whether it is a good idea. Unfortunately, his style is what wins. People like the kind of crap he comes out with and his presentation style. Don’t forget, most Americans think that “Ellen” and “Oprah” and “The Voice” are “good TV”. That’s is the mindset of the voting public.

  74. Eli Rabett says:

    There has been more than some discussion of Category 6 hurricanes. An interesting response about no need for same is that Category 5 knocks everything standing down so there is no need for a Category 6. The other categories have upper limits

    ———————Wilipedia
    After the series of powerful storm systems of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, a few newspaper columnists and scientists brought up the suggestion of introducing Category 6, and they have suggested pegging Category 6 to storms with winds greater than 174 or 180 mph (78 or 80 m/s; 151 or 160 kn; 280 or 290 km/h).[7][15] Only a few storms of this category have been recorded. Of the 35 hurricanes currently considered to have attained Category 5 level in the Atlantic, only 17 had wind speeds greater than 175 mph (78 m/s; 152 kn; 282 km/h) and only eight had wind speeds greater than 180 mph (80 m/s; 160 kn; 290 km/h). Of the 14 hurricanes currently considered to have attained Category 5 level in the eastern Pacific, only four had wind speeds greater than 175 mph (78 m/s; 152 kn; 282 km/h), and only one had a wind speed at 180 mph (80 m/s; 160 kn; 290 km/h). However, most storms which would be eligible for this category were from the western Pacific and are referred to as super typhoons, most notably Typhoon Ida in 1958 and Typhoon Nancy in 1961, both with sustained winds of 215 mph (346 km/h), and Typhoon Tip in 1979 with sustained winds of 190 mph (310 km/h).[16]

  75. Geoff Sherrington says:

    If you read VP Al’s book “Earth in the Balance” (1992) there are some equally good laughs. On pp 85-6 You can read that ” …. to protect against ultraviolet radiation. In Patagonia, hunters now report finding blind rabbits; fishermen catch blind salmon. Less well known are the effects of extra ultraviolet radiation on the normal functioning of the human immune system….”
    One has to admire the prescience of the Man-B-P, because at the time I was unable to find any systematic, useful, long term measurements of trends of incoming ultraviolet flux at the surface of the Earth anywhere, let alone in remote Patagonia. The story is a fabrication. The immune system story does not appear to be a consideration in modern medical literature, so maybe it was a guess too.

  76. Louis says:

    On the other hand, if they ever do add a Category 6, Al Gore will claim he invented it.

  77. lurker, passing through laughing says:

    Geoff,
    In fact the blinded animal story was based on a fabrication.

    http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2007/09/ozone-the-hole-truth

    It would be fun to deconstruct Al Sharpton- er, Al Gore’s- book from 1992 and test it against the reality of time.

  78. Louis says:

    Txomin says:
    What do you mean “listen”? I don’t listen to Al Gore. I pray to him.

    So what kind of deity do you consider him to be? Is he the offspring of Zeus when he took the form of a boar and mated with a bear? Or is he Saint Gore, the patron saint of lost causes? Oops, Saint Jude has that one taken. Perhaps the patron saint of hypocrites?

  79. Mark says:

    Talk about a change in climate.

  80. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    Yes, there is a new category 6 — categories 1 to 5 handle all our minor storms and major hurricanes — but category 6 has been specifically created to handle such massive blowhards as Al Gore. He is a category 6 — no doubt about it.

    Eugene WR Gallun

  81. Brian H says:

    I would worry if Gore ever happened to say anything that was probably true. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened yet.

  82. Jeff says:

    Cat 6: SHARKICANE!!

  83. SasjaL says:

    Janice Moore on August 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks! But it isn’t difficult in a country that’s sometimes is referred as “The last outpost of Soviet” …

  84. Tim Clark says:

    { Eli Rabett says:
    August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    However, most storms which would be eligible for this category were from the western Pacific and are referred to as super typhoons, most notably Typhoon Ida in 1958 and Typhoon Nancy in 1961, both with sustained winds of 215 mph (346 km/h), and Typhoon Tip in 1979 with sustained winds of 190 mph (310 km/h).[16] }

    So, none for 34 years. Looks like a climate shift. Maybe increasing CO2 is a good omen.

  85. morganovich says:

    perhaps he had it confused with the category 6 cables sometimes used for that internet thinkie he invented.

  86. Mike Maguire says:

    2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    6 years later, they realize the big goof up. The award should have been:

    http://www.burlingtonliarsclub.com/pastLies.html

  87. Gail Combs says:

    Mike Bromley the Kurd says: @ August 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Why indeed. Because he’s photogenic, I guess. (cough)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    That just has to be followed by THIS.

  88. hunter says:

    Al Gore, the king of climate porn, must seek new frontiers to exploit. Cat. 6, million degrees of heat in the Earth, a global fever….just milestones on Gore’s climate porn highway.

  89. Pamela Gray says:

    Gore says, “…4% more water vapor in the atmosphere compared to 30 years ago.”? More scienificity. Take two data points separated by 30 years and say that is a trend that demonstrates increased anthropogenic caused water vapor. Let me see a show of hands that say this is a valid and reliable method of calculating a linear trend.

  90. I keep hearing about manbearpig, but I never knew what it meant. Thanks to Janice Moore I goggled it and watched the whole episode of manbearpig on south-park, :

    http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s10e06-manbearpig

    Very funny. Worth watching. You may have to pause to view the whole thing uninterrupted.

  91. I think that the treasure is the Grants that the CAGW scientists get.
    Very clever

  92. Gunga Din says:

    From the WaPo link:

    The Gorbacle: “If you look at superstorm Sandy on October 29th, the ocean water east of New Jersey was nine degrees fahrenheit above average. That’s what put so much more energy into that storm. That’s what put so much more water vapor into that storm. Would there be a storm anyway? Maybe so. Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.”

    But this was also a segment of the interview in which I remembered struggling to keep up with Gore, and when that happens, some nuance can get lost. (A note on methods: In most cases, including this one, I transcribe these interviews in real time, with a tape recorder as back-up. I also, as is always mentioned in the introduction to the interviews, lightly edit for length, clarity, and redundancy).

    I’m out-of-town and so away from my tape recorder. So I asked Gore’s staff about the line and they have Gore saying:

    “The scientists are now adding category six to the hurricane…some are proposing we add category 6 to the hurricane scale that used to be 1-5. “

    =====================================================================
    I don’t see much of a difference in the quote/misquote.
    In one, he says they are adding category 6. In the other he says some are proposing adding category 6.
    Who are the scientist that are “now” adding category 6? Adding it to what? Who are the “some” proposing 6 be added to the scale?
    I think Al screwed up so bad even his paid spinners are having trouble making him sound less than clueless.

  93. Potter Eaton says:

    7:50 AM PDT
    It doesn’t matter what Gore said exactly. The idea is ridiculous on its face. It reminds me of the movie “Spinal Tap” where the lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel brags about the dial on his amp going up to 11. “It’s one louder.”

  94. Potter Eaton says:

    I see a lot of people had the same observation long before I did. Serves me right for not reading the thread first.

  95. philjourdan says:

    @ Eli Rabett says: August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    2 points:

    #1 – There has been a lot of discussion about Unicorns. I guess you are saying they are as real as al gore’s imagination and cat 6 hurricanes?

    #2 – Your second grade teacher should have taught you that wikipedia is NOT a reliable source. She probably did, and you were absent that day. Your loss. But here is a freebie – in an adult discussion, try an adult source. Not a make believe one.

  96. RobRoy says:

    Hey Al, I got your catagory 6 right here.

  97. SasjaL says:

    DirkH!

    Lost your tongue (keyboard) …?

  98. Patrick says:

    As soon as Al “I am wealthy because of fossil fuels” Gore opens his mouth he changes the foot that was there.

  99. Ralph Kramden says:

    I think Mr. Gore has tipped his hand. Based on his statements I think he is waiting until the next major hurricane. Then he is going to say the hurricane has the fingerprints of man-made climate change all over it.

  100. George says:

    Why do people still listen to Al Gore?
    To answer that question you would need to first find out why people watch Honey Boo Boo or MSNBC. I suspect they are lazy uneducated idiots which these shows target, much like the needy brain dead sponges and leeches that Al Gore appeals to.

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