Brad Johnson's 'Frankenstorm' malfeasance masquerading as idiocy

Brad Johnson

Harsh headline, I know, but when you read what former Climate Progress propagandist Brad Johnson of the TV weathercaster pressure group “Forecast the Facts” has sent out in a press release late Friday regarding hurricane Sandy, you can only be left with one conclusion; he’s purposely anti-science and anti-factual wrapped up in a bought and paid for political wrapper.

This isn’t the first time he has claimed punishment from on high is retribution for not seeing climate issues his way, readers may recall he blamed conservative states for bringing tornadoes upon themselves by not acting on the climate issues he and his fellow propagandist, Joe Romm were pushing at the time. Three scientists, Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, and Gavin Schmidt provided quotes to make that exercise in Tabloid Climatology™  complete.

Here’s his press release today, followed by a factual rebuttal. Bolding in the body of the PR is mine.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2012

CONTACT: Blair FitzGibbon : 202-503-6141 : blair@fitzgibbonmedia.com

Statement by Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts and ClimateSilence.org:

“If the candidates won’t listen to the voters demanding they break their climate silence, maybe they will listen to Mother Nature’s October Surprise. We know the candidates will be asked about Hurricane Sandy, and will express their sympathy with those affected. They will rightly applaud the first responders, the compassion of neighbors, and the strength and resolve of the American people. But what their role as national leaders demands that they also do is explain that Hurricane Sandy is a true Frankenstorm, a monster created by man tampering with nature with oil, coal, and gas pollution.”

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Lest you think this sort of logic affliction is unique to Brad Johnson, I’ll point out that his cheering section over at Grist says essentially the same thing in God’s latest warning:

Perhaps this weather scare that may well be much more than just a scare is God’s revenge for the refusal of the U.S. government to take action on the climate crisis. – Ted Glick

Can you imagine the howling from the left if some conservative evangelical said something like that? Whatever suits their purpose for the present I suppose is the new desperation dialog about climate.

The only way to deal with propagandic pinheads such as this is to counter with real facts, and then whenever his propaganda appears, put those facts right back into the venue wherever it appears through comments, emails, and letters. Clear headed people will understand, but you’ll never reach the science muggles that believe and push this sort of stuff while throwing facts to the wind.

By extension, Johnson and Glick’s claims are essentially that this Category 1 storm with 75MPH winds is somehow unique to American history, the result of “tampering” with “nature with oil, coal, and gas pollution.” And it hasn’t even made landfall yet. I don’t have to call BS on their idiotic claims, because the facts do it for me.

First, a historical review of October landfalling hurricanes. Data from the National Hurricane Center and Stormpulse.

OCTOBER HURRICANES MAKING LANDFALL IN THE USA

2005 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Wilma 175 MPH

2002 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Lili 145 MPH

1999 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Irene 110 MPH

1995 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Opal 150 MPH

1989 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Jerry 85 MPH

1987 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Floyd 75 MPH

1985 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Juan 85 MPH

1968 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Gladys 85 MPH

1966 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Inez 150 MPH

1964 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hilda 150 MPH
Isbell 125 MPH

1954 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hazel 140 MPH

1950 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
King 120 MPH

1949 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #10 130 MPH

1948 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #8 130 MPH

1947 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #9 120 MPH

1946 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 130 MPH

1944 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #11 120 MPH

1941 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 120 MPH

1924 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #7 120 MPH

1923 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #3 100 MPH

1921 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #6 Tampa Bay 140 MPH

1916 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #13 120 MPH

1913 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Tropical Storm #4 60 MPH

1912 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 100 MPH

1910 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 150 MPH

1909 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #10 120 MPH

1906 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #8 120 MPH

1904 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #3 80 MPH

1899 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #8 110 MPH

1898 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #7 130 MPH

1894 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 120 MPH

1893 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #9 —– 120 MPH
Hurricane #10 Chenier Caminanda 130 MPH

1888 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #7 110 MPH

1887 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #13 85 MPH

1886 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #10 120 MPH

1882 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #6 140 MPH

1880 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #9 80 MPH

1878 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #11 100 MPH

1877 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #4 120 MPH

1876 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 120 MPH

1873 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 120 MPH

1870 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #6 Twin Key West (I) 120 MPH
Hurricane #9 Twin Key West (II) 100 MPH

1869 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #10 Saxby 100 MPH

1867 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #7 Galveston 100 MPH

1865 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #7 100 MPH

1860 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #6 100 MPH

1853 Hurricane Season

Name Max Winds
Hurricane #8 100 MPH

1852 Hurricane Season

Name Historic Name Max Winds
Hurricane #5 Middle Florida 100 MPH

That’s quite a list. From it you can conclude that strong October hurricanes hit the USA every few years, so Sandy is not in any way unique.

One storm in particular stands out as a parallel to Hurricane Sandy, and that’s Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Brad Johnson is of course too young to have any experience with it (and so am I) but unlike Johnson I pay attention to weather history rather than bloviate gloom and doom at the drop of  hat for political purposes.

Hurricane Hazel, October 12-18, 1954

NHC describes Hazel this way:

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Hazel was first spotted east of the Windward Islands on October 5. It moved through the islands later that day as a hurricane, then it moved westward over the southern Caribbean Sea through October 8. A slow turn to the north-northeast occurred from October 9-12, with Hazel crossing western Haiti as a hurricane on the 12th. The hurricane turned northward and crossed the southeastern Bahamas on the 13th, followed by a northwestward turn on the 14th. Hazel turned north and accelerated on October 15, making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Subsequent rapid motion over the next 12 hours took the storm from the coast across the eastern United States into southeastern Canada as it became extratropical.

High winds occurred over large portions of the eastern United States. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina reported a peak wind gust of 106 mph, and winds were estimated at 130 to 150 mph along the coast between Myrtle Beach and Cape Fear, North Carolina. Washington, DC reported 78 mph sustained winds, and peak gusts of over 90 mph occurred as far northward as inland New York state. A storm surge of up to 18 ft inundated portions of the North Carolina coast. Heavy rains of up to 11 inches occurred as far northward as Toronto, Canada resulting in severe flooding.

Hazel was responsible for 95 deaths and $281 million in damage in the United States, 100 deaths and $100 million in damage in Canada, and an estimated 400 to 1000 deaths in Haiti.

For an interactive map of Hurricane Hazel visit the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

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The National Weather Service in Raleigh, NC has a history page on Hazel that says this:

The already remarkable damage Hazel inflicted was exacerbated by the timing at which the hurricane struck. Landfall occurred during the full moon of October – the highest lunar tide of the year. A storm surge in excess of 15 feet inundated southeastern North Carolina from Southport to Topsail Beach, with an astounding 18-foot surge reported at high tide at Calabash and on the island of Holden Beach. Incredibly, all but 12 of the 300 cottages in Holden Beach were destroyed. The surge also leveled many of shrimp houses that lined the riverfront, and put coastal Brunswick and New Hanover counties under water, effectively wiping out the beaches. The surge even reopened Mary’s Inlet, which had been artificially closed during the summer of 1955 by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Hazel’s Impact Felt Across the Eastern Seaboard and Southern Canada

A total of 15,000 homes or buildings were destroyed throughout the state, including some 39,000 damaged structures. Thousands of trees were downed by the combination of tropical-rain soaked ground and ferocious winds. 30 of North Carolina’s 100 counties sustained major damage. Based on reports from residents in the capital city of Raleigh, an average of two or three trees fell per city block, many on homes, automobiles, and power lines. In all, an estimated $136 million in damage occurred in North Carolina as a result of the mighty hurricane. Damage reached to nearly $281 million when the dollar damage in NC was combined with damage estimates from the rest of the United States. The storm went on to produce another $100 million in damage in Canada, as it accelerated northward and became extratropical. Most of the damage there resulted from heavy rain, nearly a foot in less than twenty four hours, associated with the remnants of Hazel. When all was said and done, the death toll included: 400-1000 in Haiti, 6 in the Bahamas, 95 in the US (including 19 deaths and 200 injured in North Carolina alone), and 100 more in Canada.

Hurricane Hazel produced the largest swath of hurricane force winds this century over Virginia and North Carolina. As active as the 1954 hurricane season was for North Carolinians, it was followed by an equally active 1955 hurricane season, when three more storms struck the state. However, none of those could match the fury of the historic Hurricane Hazel.

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Sound familiar? Just watch and read the news reports warning of the storm surge from Sandy, and you’ll see its just a repeat performance of lunar timing coincidence. Here’s one from NBC:

Full moon could make Sandy’s impact worse

Gravitational tugs could make high tides rise even more

Heaven and Earth may be aligning to turn Hurricane Sandy into a real monster, just in time for Halloween.

Forecasters expect Sandy to make landfall along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States on Monday or Tuesday. It may merge with a separate tempest hitting the region at about that time, creating an immensely powerful “Frankenstorm” whose effects could be magnified by the full moon.

When the moon waxes to its full phase Monday afternoon, high tides along the Eastern Seaboard will rise about 20 percent higher than normal, even without the help of Sandy’s storm surge, said Joe Rao, a meteorologist for News 12 in Westchester, N.Y. (Storm surges occur when a hurricane’s winds push the water surface above normal levels.)

Hazel had the same storm surge lunar magnifier, but the MSM is treating it as if this is something new and unique and there’s no mention of Hurricane Hazel in the NBC story.

And then there’s the New England Hurricane of 1938: (h/t to John Coleman)

The 1938 Hurricane, by the Works Project Administration – During this storm, Frank Schubert, last keeper of Coney Island Light, was aboard the buoy tender ship Tulip, which was thrown aground on top of some train tracks by the storm. Even Supermandia recognizes what an event that was.

Here’s the weather map for it from the US Weather Bureau:

File:1938 hurricane September 21, 1938 weather map.jpg

All that happened before Roger Revelle took his first CO2 measurement and published a paper that started it all. Nothing has been seen like Hurricane Hazel since.

Let’s look at CO2 and hurricanes

Why? Because if paid political shills like Brad Johnson are to be believed, CO2 increases in Earth’s atmosphere are the cause of all this “frankenweather” happening now.

This scatterplot graph (by Steve Goddard) shows the relation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and landfalling US Hurricanes.

There is no correlation between atmospheric CO2 and major hurricanes striking the US.

The majority of landfalling US hurricanes occurred when CO2 was around 300 ppm, i.e., the 1950’s. Ambient CO2 is about 394 ppm right now according to the latest NOAA CO2 data.

Source of base graph: http://www.planetforlife.com/co2history/index.html (annotated by Anthony)

That blows Brad Johnson’s political frankenpropaganda right out of the water.

Finally let’s look at hurricane related death rates from: Hurricane Fatalities, 1900–2010: Context in these Stormy Times (Aug 27th, 2011)

excerpt of Dr. Indur Goklany’s article:

Long term U.S. data on hurricane fatalities show that from 1900–09 to the 2009–10, hurricane deaths and death rates declined by 82% and 95%, respectively (see Figure 2).These estimates use data from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided in Blake et al. (2007) which has 1,525 deaths for 2005, the year of Katrina.

[Note that this month, the NHC, via Blake et al. (2011), put out a new report which has 1,225 deaths for 2005, while NWS’s Weather Fatalities website uses 1,016 for that year. I plan to keep on using the older NHC/Blake et al. estimate, pending consultation with Dr. Blake. I have contacted him, but to no one’s surprise, least of all mine, he has much more important things to do right now.]

Figure 2: U.S. hurricane deaths and death rates per year, 1900–2010. Sources: Updated from Goklany (2009), using USBC (2011) and NWS (2011). For 2005, this figure uses National Hurricane Center data from Blake et al. (2007), which has 1,525 deaths for that year, but Blake et al. (2011) has 1,225 deaths while NWS Weather Fatalities uses 1,016 deaths. This figure uses the Blake et al.’s older data, pending consultation with Dr. Blake. 

Conclusion

To any thinking person reading the above, clearly there’s no connection between Hurricane Sandy, atmospheric CO2 levels, or payback from God. It’s the worst example of climate propaganda since An Inconvenient Truth.

Don’t believe political shills like Brad Johnson as he doesn’t rely on facts, but rather, fear. That makes him and those like him that say Hurricane Sandy is some sort of “wrath” for human behavior he and his buddies don’t like not only unreliable and idiotic in their approach, but malfeasant to boot.

Call them on it wherever you see it.

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u4ab2upurars?

Trouble.
Obama does not live in the reality that you and I share and he is very far from rational reality.

NZ Willy

I think this Frankenstorm stuff is all an election ploy. They’re trying to remind voters that the sky is about to fall and that only The One can reverse the rise of the oceans etc. Orwell would not have dared to write such things into “1984”. When Frankenstorm declines to follow the political script and freewheels off into the north atlantic, then it will be forgotten amongst the urgings that we have always been at war with Eastasia.

if ‘god’ had any interest in hurricanes one might think he’d spend his time ensuring they didn’t hurt his little ant farm rather than using them to punish those who don’t vote for the political party he favours.
Not a god I’d like to put my faith in.

I think they are referring aerosols* from burning fuels, which are known to increase precipitation, but decrease central wind speed of hurricanes by significant amounts.
But in line with the usual AGW deceptive practices, its phrased in a way that would give most people the impression they are referring to GHGs.
* If pressed to show a scientific basis for this claim.

temp

ATTN: Press release from NASA as follows:
Due to massive research into weather and climate we at NASA have found glaring errors in past storm reporting. Due to this we have released a new, better, shiner, MORE AWESOMER data set based on proper adjustments to past data that slipped through the cracks.
As such due to this new data set and computer models we can firmly say that the storm now known as Sandy is unprecedented in history and clearly the result of global warming.
Your’s truly NASA.
PS Send more money.

Upon further review….
“If the candidates won’t listen [Johnson’s plan is the only plan] to the voters demanding they break their climate silence [implicit assumption of all voters assumed to vote in the majority for the Johnson plan], maybe they will listen to Mother Nature’s October Surprise [mysticism]. We know the candidates will be asked about Hurricane Sandy, and will express their sympathy with those affected. They will rightly applaud the first responders, the compassion of neighbors, and the strength and resolve of the American people [Wow! A strange reference to public choice theory, politicos are politicos….what insight!]. But what their role [Johnson’s defined role] as national leaders demands [what Johnson’s plan demands] that they also do [additional requirements of the master plan] is explain [agree with the master plan] that Hurricane Sandy is a true Frankenstorm [apparently Dr. Frankenstein is involved], a monster [the storm now takes on human characteristics as changing gears to now argue via verbal virtuosity] created by man [you did it] tampering with nature [you did it and its your fault and how dare you] with nature [nature according to Johnson] with oil, coal, and gas pollution [Ah, shock and surprise, a villain!].”

These kinds of statements similar to Brad Johnson’s is what caused me to begin to question Global Warming / Climate Change, when I used to believe in it. Researching the topic for myself finally killed any belief in it I once had.

John F. Hultquist

Pennsylvania? Hazel? I was there. I did miss these, though:
1869, 1877, 1878, 1893, 1896, & 1933
http://www.midatlantichurricanes.com/Pennsylvania.html
Johnson is a Swedish name, as is mine. As Gramps said, “You can always tell a Swede but you can’t tell’em much.”

Well, the wheels are coming off the ‘cover-up bus’ (ref the CIA press conference today re: Gen. Petraeus’ statement et al) obscuring newly-discovered ‘events’ that took place last month at the Libyan Consulate … SOMETHING NEW is needed in the ‘press’ to steal Oxygen away from that developing story with a NATIONAL ELECTION a couple weeks out …
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Seele

May I offer my condraculations to Brad Johnson on his coining of the novel term “Frankenstorm”.

Nice job with that list of October hurricanes which demonstrates beyond all doubt that they are all climate liars using the word “unprecedented” for emotional, non-logical, non-scientific purposes. Using the historical facts to destroy their mindless arguments is something they hate. It is why they despise Goddard’s site.
Hopefully some of our moderate stalwarts who still insist we are in a gentlemanly scientific debate will come to their senses after listening to the insanity of the last few days from McKibben, Mann, Romm, Glick and this new eco-tard Brad Johnson.
These charlatans are well-represented throughout history. Using the weather or other current event like plague, earthquake, or tsunami, inevitably is described as punishment from God, to highlight their personal agenda.
There is no science here, just the radical leftist eco-zealot agenda. People should stop referring top them as Scientists, doctors, professors or whatever. They do not deserve any respect. They are fellow travelers wearing the colors red and green. They are the enemy. Most importantly, they are by definition the mortal enemy of your grandkids and later descendants, who if they have their way, will never even be born.

temp

To _Jim says:
October 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Yeah obama came out and said
“I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”
Then Bing West, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense got on foxnews and said
“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?”
Next people will be demanding to see his birth cert, college records, etc.

temp says October 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?”
Next people will be demanding to see his birth cert, college records, etc.

NOT to derail the thread, but, the ‘futures’ on shredders are going to be ramping-up with a noted fall-off coinciding some few weeks before the 3rd week in January (Inauguration Day) …
Again, not to derail this thread, but just a brief link referencing: Did two heroic SEALs ruin Obama’s October Surprise? (or “Fast and Furious Libyan-style?”)
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REPLY: OK lets leave Obama and Beghazi out of this thread please – Anthony

Leg

We cannot evoke “God” in the classroom, but we can evoke “God” in weather/climate? I’m so confused.
Nothing but a bunch of charlatans, but we’ve known that here for a long time.

pat

c’mon, brad is not as idiotic as DeWayne:
24 Oct: PR Web: Population Control and Fresh Water Resources Should Be Top Global Priorities Says Former NASA Climatologist
Economic Growth, and Human Survival Depend on Water and Population Control.
Special Report by DeWayne Cecil, PhD, on Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show
That was the conclusion of DeWayne Cecil, PhD, in an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, October 15, 2012.
Dr. Cecil was a researcher for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and currently works for the National Climatic Data Center in Ashville, North Carolina…
According to Dr. Cecil, Earth’s climate has definitely evolved in the last 50 years but if you examine the record of glacial ice cores, lake sediments and ancient tree rings, weather pattern are naturally cyclical. How much of the current global drying and warming is human caused, and whether it is cyclical or permanent, remains be determined.
“The study of weather and climate is not just about whether to wear a coat,” says Dr. Cecil. “It’s about our survival as a species.” According to Dr. Cecil, Earth can only sustain a half-billion people in a “Western” consumption oriented lifestyle whereas Earth’s population recently passed seven billion. According to Dr. Cecil, there are only enough resources on Earth to sustain about a half-billion people in the current “Western” lifestyle…
Sharon asked about the difference between “climate” and “weather.” According to Dr. Cecil, “climate” is “weather” averaged out over a long period. In other words, “climate is what you expect and weather is what you get.”
“We can predict weather fairly accurately to about ten days in advance,” says Dr. Cecil, “but our ability predict weather over two to 20 years is less accurate…
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb10050733.htm
DeWayne Cecil
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dewayne-cecil/36/346/5a1

u4ab2upurars?

[snip -policy violation for language -mod]

Wow , talk about pummeling , then stomping on , then slicing and dicing ?
I think you made your point .
I just posted the 1938 video to Glick’s Grist howler .

Will Nelson

Current conditions are 65 KNOT Franken Hurricane!! Does Franken mean just barely?

Jeff Alberts

“We can predict weather fairly accurately to about ten days in advance,” says Dr. Cecil,
hehe
HA HA HA
GUFFAWWWWW

John A

No we can’t blame God but we can blame Obama because Obama is the source of all evil. Right….

Brad literally survives (as he’s paid to yell Climate Change at every opportunity) by feeding out of dead people and other disasters. He’s a carrion eater.

I just called @climatebrad on it via Twitter. He’s probably gonna go Cat 5 on me, considering who I am and for whom I work. — Jim Lakely (Heartland Institute)
https://twitter.com/jlakely/status/262077958519414784

Michael

You can say the same thing about these so called scientists messing around with Geo Engineering who are the Humans Inducing Climate Change. Perhaps these are the people whom regulations need to be enforced upon. Especially since it seems these are the same people pushing this agenda;
Has the Time Come to Try Geoengineering?
“So is it time to consider something a little more radical? Specifically, the family of ideas for restraining climate change captured under the rubric of geoengineering? Or, as the U.K.’s Royal Society puts it: the deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment. As the guest editors of a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A note: “Geoengineering is no longer the realm of science fiction.””
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/08/15/has-the-time-come-to-try-geoengineering/
Ken Caldeira discussing his article in the September 2012 issue of Scientific American.
The Great Climate Experiment: How far can we push the planet? Ken Caldeira [Scientific American]

Mark and two Cats

“Frankenstorm” is prolly a reference to that big fat liar Al Franken – another big wind.

Excellent article Anthony!

Kaboom

The far-out enviros have put themselves in the same bag as whackos who claim HIV is the punishment from god for homosexuality. Congratulations guys, you’ve become what you used to loathe the most.

mfo

“If the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (a Category 4 storm) were to have made landfall in the
same spot in 2005, it would be the costliest hurricane on record, amounting $140-157 billion (in
2005 dollars) in damages. It would be nearly twice as destructive as Hurricane Katrina. If the
Galveston Hurricanes of 1900 and 1915 (both Category 4) were to have made landfall in 2005,
they would be the third and fourth most destructive hurricanes, resulting in damages of $72-78
billion and $57-62 billion (in 2005 dollars), respectively. The fifth costliest hurricane under
2005 normalization would be Andrew (1992), creating $54-58 billion (in 2005 dollars) in damages.”
Source: Pielke, Jr., R. A., Gratz, J., Landsea, C. W., Collins, D., Saunders, M. A.,
and R. Musulin. (2008, February). Normalized Hurricane Damages in the United
States: 1900-2005. Natural Hazards Review, 9(1).
http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/PPI-Weather-Econ-Stats-10-13-11.pdf
In the latest Gallup poll the economy, unemployment, the deficit, dissatisfaction with government and healthcare are the top issues which concern voters. Climate does not even come into the list of the13 issues which most concern voters in this presidential election. Climate is no longer a political issue for most people, no matter how many lies are spun about it.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/158267/economy-dominant-issue-americans-election-nears.aspx

EJ

If the cause is so just and serious, then we don’t need laws trying to manipulate a few 10/1000 th’s of our atmosphere to tell us how to act. Do the vast majority of us not commit murder because of some statute? I think not. Most of us know better.
These people who think that passing laws make anything better are deluded. Do these folk really think they can talk us into abandoning ourfarms, cars, our homes and the comforts of the day for that our great, great grandkids might be inconvienienced?
And what is sustainable? If you take this logic to the fullest, we should still be living in caves. Never improving our lot, as it is unsustainable.
Madness when one thinks about it soberly.
EJ

John Edmondson

Over here in the UK our Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, has a name for these people. “Environmental Taliban”

Caleb

McKibben Alert! McKibben Alert!
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/21/hurricane-warning-mckibben-alert/
History trumps sensationalism every time.
Check out the 1893 season
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1893_Atlantic_hurricane_season
While the Charleston Hurricane on October 13 is the most impressive, (Hazel-like track, 120 mph winds,) storm number 11, which hit the Delmarva Peninsula on October 23 with 60 mph winds, is interesting because it cut west like Sandy is expected to do.

Jimbo

Here is a collection of sources (most from peer review) on hurricanes and co2 / warming. In summary – no extremes.
http://www.co2science.org/subject/h/hurricaneglobal.php

John Silver

If this is a Frankenstorm, Brad is a Göbbelsjugend.

David L

Do these fantasy minded people really believe that if we stop using fossil fuels we will live in a Garden of Eden? Does this idiot know hurricanes are known to have come up the coast since the early explorers of the 16th century?
But really, this guy says it all. AGW is the new religion. He even mentions that it’s God’s punishment. If you want more links of natural disasters to the wrath of God, pick up a bible.

I have tried to explain the data about falling storm frequency with time?rising atmospheric CO2 content to people and I get the glazed expression. I am not believed. Whatever you tell these people will not make a difference. This is why Obama may get back for a second more damaging term. I feel sorry for America.

Otter

We have the algor effect. Can we now also have the brad johnson effect? ie, Flop?

alex the skeptic

“Forecast the facts”.. whatever names do the extremists come up with? Hw can one forcast a “fact”? It’s either a forecast of something that may happen, or it is a fact that has already happened. But these guys love playing the almighty. Hubris is their great malady which is making them more irrlevant as times goes by.
Frankengreens…

Gamecock

Hazel made a strong impression me. I was a 100 miles inland. This 5-year old could not comprehend how anything could be so powerful. If Sandy moves inland up north, many parents are now going to have to try to explain hurricanes to small children.

Keith W

The NHC downgraded Sandy to a tropical storm this morning.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

Bruce Cobb

Weepy Bill is getting into the act, saying ““Frankenstorms” like Sandy are stitched together from some spooky combination of the natural and the unnatural.”
I think we can expect a spooktacular amount of spittle and drool from Warmists on this, especially if damages amount to the $1billion range, as some are saying.

Interesting fact: Hurricane Hazel is the ONLY category-4 hurricane to hit North Carolina. If CO2 is making storms worse, why was the strongest hurricane to hit hurricane prone North Carolina in 1954?
Such propagandists use the short memory people have to their advantage. People usually remember the past as something better than it was.

Tom in the safety of Fllorida

Mark and two Cats says:
October 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm
“Frankenstorm” is prolly a reference to that big fat liar Al Franken – another big wind.
Now that makes sense!

Ian W

Lest you think this sort of logic affliction is unique to Brad Johnson, I’ll point out that his cheering section over at Grist says essentially the same thing in God’s latest warning:
Perhaps this weather scare that may well be much more than just a scare is God’s revenge for the refusal of the U.S. government to take action on the climate crisis. – Ted Glick

Some people in the human race do not appear to have advanced much since the middle ages:
Seven weeks after Easter in A.D. 1315, sheets of rain spread across a sodden Europe, turning freshly plowed fields into lakes and quagmires. The deluge continued through June and July, and then August and September. Hay lay flat in the fields; wheat and barley rotted unharvested. The anonymous author of the Chronicle of Malmesbury wondered if divine vengeance had come upon the land: “Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched out his hand against them, and hath smitten them.”
In the middle ages they had witch finders to find witches and burn them to prevent crop failures – nowadays we have the EPA and climatologists – but its the same underlying story. Something has gone wrong so some humans are to blame and we are being punished for it – find the guilty humans. One wonders climatologists are aware that they are just demonstrating atavistic tendencies only one step away from giving sacrifices to the gods?

Otter

Gamecock~ You have a (very) few years on me- my apologies 😉
Right now, Sandy is aimed right at the heart of Lake Ontario. That puts us in the Niagara Peninsula, right in the Northeast winds. Hoping it goes elsewhere, are we are in low-lying country on the shores of Lake Erie.

RockyRoad

If it weren’t for “oil, coal, and gas pollution” Brad would have no way to get his propaganda out–there would be no universal electricity, Internet, or computers.
How else except through “oil, coal, and gas pollution” have we been able to industrialize and communicate?
Brad isn’t thinking.
(Indeed, “thinking” people realize this “pollution” of which he speaks is actually plant food, but apparently he doesn’t realize the connection between that and his very life.)

Gamecock says:
October 27, 2012 at 3:33 am

Hazel made a strong impression me. I was a 100 miles inland. This 5-year old could not comprehend how anything could be so powerful. If Sandy moves inland up north, many parents are now going to have to try to explain hurricanes to small children.

In another dozen years or so Penn State may see increased interest for their Meteorology program. 🙂

Keith W says:
October 27, 2012 at 3:49 am
> The NHC downgraded Sandy to a tropical storm this morning.
> http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY
And then:
…AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT FINDS HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS AGAIN…
8:00 AM EDT Sat Oct 27
Location: 28.8°N 76.8°W
Moving: NNE at 10 mph
Min pressure: 960 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph

AndyG55

Hypochondria strikes again.
The guy has a slight sniffle and thinks he has deadly plague !
Must be MANN flu !!

My thanks to Johnson and Glick for making this clear.
If god doesn’t kill you with Frankenstorm Sandy this mean that god must be OK with your use of oil, coal, and gas.
So everyone take note. If the Frankenstorm doesn’t kill you, this is a sign from heaven that it is OK for you to use electricity, heat you homes, buy things made of plastic, drive your kids to school on paved roads and live and work in buildings made of concrete and steel.
Now, if you do happen to buy the farm during the storm, you can take comfort in the sure knowledge that god wasn’t happy that you were polluting the planet and took steps to get rid of you. Your sacrifice was necessary so that the rest of us could live. While the rest of us on the other hand can take comfort in the sure knowledge that god is still OK with us.
apologies in advance to the religiously sensitive.

Steve McIntyre

I remember Hurricane Hazel. I was six at the time. We were then living temporarily in Boston where my father was interning. It was projected to hit Boston, but diverted and hit Toronto, where we lived. In Boston, it was merely heavy winds and rains ( I still somewhat remember walking home from school.)
It transformed Toronto’s conservation practices as there was huge (unprecedented) flooding, even washing away some houses built in the floodplain of the usually small Humber River. Nothing similar has subsequently hit Toronto in my lifetime. Retrospective analyses of Hazel suggest elements very similar to the present storm. It also appears to have involved a coalescence of a tropical storm and an Arctic front