The Weather Channel pushes back against John Coleman

The Weather Channel posted this yesterday, no doubt to counter TWC founder John Coleman’s recent Open Letter and appearance on Fox’s Kelly File (several comments make the connection):

Global Warming: The Weather Channel Position Statement

Introduction

The scientific issue of global warming can be broken down into three main questions: Is global warming a reality? Are human activities causing it? What are the prospects for the future?

Warming: Fact or Fiction?

The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century, more than half of that occurring since the 1970s. The warming has taken place as averaged globally and annually; significant regional and seasonal variations exist.

Impacts can already be seen, especially in the Arctic, with melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, and rapid retreat and thinning of sea ice, all of which are affecting human populations as well as animals and vegetation. There and elsewhere, rising sea level is increasing coastal vulnerability.

There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes. The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.

Human Influence

To what extent the current warming is due to human activity is complicated because large and sometimes sudden climate changes have occurred throughout our planet’s history — most of them before humans could possibly have been a factor. Furthermore, the sun/atmosphere/land/ocean “climate system” is extraordinarily complex, and natural variability on time scales from seconds to decades and beyond is always occurring.

However, it is known that burning of fossil fuels injects additional carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This in turn increases the naturally occurring “greenhouse effect,” a process in which our atmosphere keeps the earth’s surface much warmer than it would otherwise be.

More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities. This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.

Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect. In addition, land use changes are affecting impacts from weather phenomena. For example, urbanization and deforestation can cause an increased tendency for flash floods and mudslides from heavy rain. Deforestation also produces a climate change “feedback” by depleting a source which absorbs carbon dioxide.

more…

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/global-warming-weather-channel-position-statement-20141029

h/t to WUWT reader Pat.

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169 thoughts on “The Weather Channel pushes back against John Coleman

  1. The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2
    Make that
    The climate of the earth is indeed cooling, with a decrease of approximately 1 – 1 1/2

    • There are at least five observations/analysis results that support the assertion that roughly 90% of the warming in the last 70 years was due to solar magnetic cycle changes, rather than due to the increase in atmospheric CO2. For example (paleoclimate and correlation history facts): There are cycles of warming in the paleoclimatic record (Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles) which correlate with periods of high solar magnetic cycle activity. All of the cyclic warm periods in the climate record were followed by cooling periods which correlate with low periods of solar activity. The regions of the planet that warmed and cooled during the Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles (high latitude regions) are the same regions that warmed in the last 70 years (high latitude regions). Note the AGW theory predicts that the most amount of warming due to the CO2 increase should be in the tropics where the most amount of long wave radiation is emitted to space which is not observed – ‘The Latitudinal Warming Paradox’.
      There is however no need to explain the scientific reasons why the warmists’ theory is incorrect, observations trump theory, planetary cooling is a climate war game changer, planetary cooling is a news worthy event. The planet has started cool, due to the abrupt change in the solar magnetic cycle. The sun will be spotless by this time next year as it moves into a very deep, special type of Maunder solar magnetic cycle minimum. The cyclic Maunder solar magnetic cycle minimums last 100 to 150 years. More on the special type of Maunder minimums when there is unequivocal in your face evidence of cooling.
      http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/2014/anomnight.10.30.2014.gif

    • The temperature did increase during the 20thC, so even if it is decreasing now that doesn’t change the “increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 ” bit. But their whole case is built on “an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century, more than half of that occurring since the 1970s“. That’s a cherry-pick, using the lowest possible starting point for the later part of the century. The true increase of the later part is the amount by which it exceeded the highest earlier temperature.
      The temperature rose ~0.4 deg C from 1900 to ~1943, and ~0.4 deg C from then to 2000. http://tinyurl.com/nn3zroc So the whole article is based on a false premise. Half of the increase occurred in the earlier part of the 20thC, and half in the later part. ie, the increase in the later part was not more than half.

      • Yes, we have measured 0,8 deg C with equal parts in each half of the previous century. But how much of that is a real increase and how much is due to calibrations errors, UHI and so on?
        There is research done on that, showing that only 0,4 deg C is temperature increase. The rest is imagined warming due to the errors mentioned. http://bit.ly/1riEAsm

  2. “However, it is known that burning of fossil fuels injects additional carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This in turn increases the naturally occurring greenhouse effect,”
    Does it? Logically if there are now an extra 60ppm of CO2 in the atmospheric mix, there must be 60ppm LESS of some other component (or components). The overall “greenhouse” impact will surely depend on what the displaced 60ppm actually are and their individual “greenhouse signatures” – something which I have never seen defined.

      • But the increased fertilization affect of CO2 on the biosphere allows for more photosynthesis, which in turn produces more O2 in the atmosphere. Man, this a complicated porcess!

      • Actually the reduction in O2 is much less than you might think. The worst case estimate showed that if we burned the worlds entire reserves of fossil fuels we would reduce the O2 concentration by 3.3% . However studies have shown that in fact the increased rate of photosynthesis would in large part counter that effect. According to the Scripps Institute the increase in CO2 since industrial times has led to a decrease in O2 concentrations of less than 2 parts per million per annum. To put this in context atmospheric o2 concentrations since the Cambrian era have varied between 15% and 35% due to natural variability.

      • And that brings up another point. Since the increased photosynthesis uses more energy converting “light” into plant mass, where is the “missing energy” hiding now?

      • Joe, good point. The sequestration by plants does return oxygen to the atmosphere. Perhaps we should be monitoring oxygen to get a better mass balance of all that is going on. I guess it depends on how accurately we measure these gases.

      • Oxygen is monitored since 1990 (a hell of a job as the needed accuracy is less than 1:200,000) in the atmosphere and shows a small surplus if one calculates the oxygen use caused by fossil fuel burning. That indeed shows that the biosphere is a net supplier of oxygen, and thus has a net uptake of CO2 of ~1 GtC/year (0.5 ppmv/year): the earth is greening. That is about 10% of the human emissions. Important, but not enough to remove all human emissions in short term… See:
        http://www.sciencemag.org/content/287/5462/2467.short
        and more recent:
        http://www.bowdoin.edu/~mbattle/papers_posters_and_talks/BenderGBC2005.pdf
        CO2 is a greenhouse gas, N2 and O2 aren’t. But if the increase of 110 ppmv CO2 since ~1850 has much effect is questionable: the longer the “pause” lasts, the lower the effect…

      • Could be H₂O, leading to a decrease in relative humidity and maybe a negative feedback since H₂O absorbs on more wavelengths than CO₂.

    • Actually. One takes one molecule of oxygen (two atoms) and atom of carbon (sourced from coal) and you get one molecule of carbon dioxide. Hence the volume and total number of gaseous atoms does not change. Oxygen does not absorb at the same (or as many) wavelengths as CO2. To have the same absorbance from oxygen as you would from CO2 would require so much more oxygen that one can ignore the effect of the reduced oxygen completely. The only measurable effect is the increased absorbance from CO2. So the statement you are critical of is correct. This is not new physics, or particularly related to climate. The absorbance characteristics of water and CO2 have been studied by combustion engineers in great detail for far longer than the climate gang came along. Funny thing is, the combustion engineers believe that CO2 does actually become saturated. For those who are about to jump down MY throat. I have discussed this at Science of Doom (very good sight for the physics). He agrees with me.

    • Wow; you might be in luck:
      This is all settled science with 97% consensus from knowledgeable (not to mention well-funded) scientists, so accurate data has to be easily available. Surely this has been incorporated into the highly credible climate models used to inform our elected officials regarding climate policy decisions.
      Or maybe not:
      97% of the CAGW climate science bozos haven’t a friggin’ clue, and 0% of them care if there is an answer…and you’re only asking because you’re a trouble maker.

    • There you go, the missing heat has gone into the plants and trees. They must be using more IR than the additional Co2 is reflecting back.

      • Completely different phenomenon. Salt dissolved in water becomes ionic, positioning itself between water molecules, thus no net increase in volume. A tablespoon of sugar, on the other hand, does not ionize and hence the volume increases by that amount.

    • This article describes a decrease of water vapor in the stratosphere:
      http://www.noaa.gov/features/02_monitoring/water_vapor.html
      “… Changes in the amount of upper atmosphere — or stratospheric — water vapor strongly influence surface temperatures, according to a paper published in Science magazine. The researchers relied on data from the long-term Boulder water vapor data record as well as satellite observations.
      Their findings indicate that as stratospheric water vapor decreased after 2000, it has slowed the rate of the Earth’s warming. Likewise, an increase in water vapor in the 1990s accelerated the rate of warming during that time — by about 30 percent. Scientists cannot yet fully explain the changing patterns of the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere. …”
      Both are greenhouse gases.

  3. More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature.

    And more than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations show that temperature and carbon dioxide do NOT increase in tandem.
    And many century’s worth of temperature observations show that temperature started increasing long before carbon dioxide increased and has maintained a fairly steady rate (over the long term) despite sharp changes in carbon dioxide level and rate.
    These would be a strong indicator that carbon dioxide does NOT significantly affect temperature.

    • The more pronounced evidence in the ice core records is the lag when temperature is coming back down in interglacial periods. CO2 remains elevated for a long time despite falling temperature, in some cases over a thousand years.
      It decimates the alarmist claim that “CO2 is a major influence on temperature”. If that was true then temperature would remain higher as long as CO2 remained higher. But it did not thus indicating that, – whatever other natural forcings caused the temperature to decline (CO2 obviously not one of them), – those other natural forcings were also the main reason temperature rose in the first place not CO2.

    • And strong indication the CO2 follows temp change with a lag period. Is there any data that shows differently?

      • There are lags over many periods of time, from seasons to multi-millennia, but in the past 160 years, CO2 is leading far ahead the temperature increase. During the warm(er) Medieval Warm Period, the CO2 level was ~285 ppmv, now we are near 400 ppmv for about the same temperature…
        The overall ratio between temperature and CO2 is about 8 ppmv/K for the past 800,000 years. That is what the ice core record shows, where CO2 always lags temperature. Even for the MWP-LIA cooling the drop is ~6 ppmv for a ~0.8 K drop with a ~50 years lag:
        http://www.ferdinand-engelbeen.be/klimaat/klim_img/law_dome_1000yr.jpg
        The opposite warming since the LIA thus should have given not more than ~6 ppmv increase…

  4. Willis nailed it years go by showing that the earth ventilates itself around the equatorial belt. The vertical dumping of heat(water vapor), then its condensation, at altitude(producing rain), dumps the heat of condensation ABOVE 90% of the earths CO2 greenhouse gas.
    If I recall properly, he postulated that this thunderstorm process might start a minute or two earlier every day, thus easily dumping the entire human influence into the stratosphere. This solved the mystery IMO. We are thus nothing in the overall scheme of heat removal.from earth. We will be lucky to measure 0.5 C of warming due to human CO2. Nothing at all to fret about.
    Willis: I congratulate you. They should name it the “Willis effect”.

    • Or the “Mikeishere effect” – I wrote about it too several years ago and before I read about it from Willis. A simple estimate of annual global precipitation gives the total latent heat transported. Water drives the climate of our planet and everything else is in the back seat going along for the ride. Considering hydrogen is the most abundant element of the universe, oxygen is the most abundant element on earth and that the combination of both of them as H2O is one of the most unusual molecules there is – somehow I don’t think it was all by ‘chance’…

      • Bingo … I like to say the oceans run the show but indeed it is water that seems to be able to regulate everything.

      • JKrob: “..when the heat is being lost to the adiabatic process.. ”
        Look up the word “adiabatic” and the Ideal Gas Law then get back to us.

    • “…dumps the heat of condensation ABOVE 90% of the earths CO2 greenhouse gas.”
      Sorry sir, but you, Willis and everyone else who believes this ‘latent heat-hot tower’ concept is incorrect. This is all basic operational meteorology…
      1)A parcel of air rising at the dry adiabatic lapse rate cools @5.38 °F per 1,000 ft
      2)A parcel reaching it’s condensation point (that latent heat process), it rises at the moist adiabatic lapse rate which cools @2.7 °F per 1,000 ft.
      *NOTICE* the parcel is still cooling…it is *NOT* warming. The tops of the clouds are COLD!!
      3) Once the parcel reaches it’s Equilibrium Level (which is usually the Tropopause, not the Stratosphere, but could be ‘any’ warmer layer in it’s vertical path – that’s what inversions are), it is at the same temperature as it’s surroundings and the lifting process stops, the cooling process stops & the latent heat process stops & 9 times out of 10, the parcel will be colder – often *MUCH* colder than where it started from near/at the surface.
      4) The clouds are, in fact, blocking the warm surface LWIR from radiating out to space.
      Again, this is all very basic, long established operational meteorology verified by daily RAOB, aircraft & satellite observations & the process can be seen on a plotted Skew-T thermodynamic chart which, BTW, is called a ‘thermodynamic’ chart for a very specific reason…it is graphically showing the thermodynamic process of rising & falling parcels of air though the various dynamic temperature structures of the vertical atmosphere.
      If anyone does not agree with this, feel free to reply with your math explaining the process & the references to back it up.
      Regards,
      Jeff

      • The parcel got colder, so the heat that started with was transfer to somewhere else. Where did it go?

      • We have all been through this before with jkrob who is confuses heat with temperature. Numerous commenters tried to explain it all to him, but the more we tried to help, the more intransigent he became. Maybe someone on this thread can help him out.

      • “*NOTICE* the parcel is still cooling…it is *NOT* warming. The tops of the clouds are COLD!!”
        Wow. How about sticking to what I said as opposed to making up things which I did not say. However, your own words state what I stated. You said that the vertical cooling rate was lower for moist air. I just said the same thing, in layman’s language. The equatorial region dumps massive heat above the “greenhouse” CO2 layer every day. It is no big deal for the earth to dump a bit more, by starting a minute earlier. Willis nailed it.

      • Physics Major
        October 30, 2014 at 9:30 am
        “The parcel got colder, so the heat that started with was transfer to somewhere else. Where did it go?”
        If you understood the adiabatic process, you would know. Go, study, learn.
        mpainter
        October 30, 2014 at 10:18 am
        “We have all been through this before with jkrob who is confuses heat with temperature…”
        TROLL ALERT!! You are not following instructions in *showing* where I’m wrong & *how* I’m wrong…you are a troll.
        Ed_B
        October 30, 2014 at 11:13 am
        (I said)“*NOTICE* the parcel is still cooling…it is *NOT* warming. The tops of the clouds are COLD!!”
        “Wow. How about sticking to what I said as opposed to making up things which I did not say. ”
        Jeez, you can’t “…[dump] the heat of condensation (latent heat) ABOVE 90% of the earths CO2 greenhouse gas.” when the heat is being lost to the adiabatic process within the cloud…which blocks LWIR. Once the parcel reaches the TOA (tropopause), it’s temperature (heat content) is down to -40 to -70F which means there is a whole lot less ‘heat’ to radiate to space. Also, the air parcel will reheat when it descends back to the surface…which it will do at some point. That is the adiabatic process in reverse.
        Robert B
        October 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm
        “Why is the dry adiabatic lapse rate less than the moist adiabatic lapse rate?”
        Uhh, when is cooling @ 5.38 °F per 1,000 ft (dry) ‘less’ than cooling @ 2.7 °F per 1,000 ft (moist)?
        Once again, if you disagree with what I say give the numbers/math which is correct & give references where you got it from. Until that time, I’m correct.
        Have a great day,
        Jeff

      • Yes JKrob, I did get that the wrong way around. It was clear in my head if not my typing fingers. I was trying to point out that it has cooled less at a certain height because of condensation. The liquid cools by emitting LWIR and the higher it is the less that is absorbed by the atmosphere. It also condenses suddenly in the real world, not gradually as it rises.

      • ” it’s temperature (heat content) ”
        Yup. Clearly confusing HEAT with TEMPERATURE. Different things entirely. When water freezes to ice, the latent HEAT of fusion is released. It all happens at the same 0 C temperature. Please, as you are fond of saying: go study up on it and get back to us with numbers and references. Until then, I’m correct /snark;
        As pointed out by mpainter, your understanding is confounded by mixing heat and temperature as though they were the same thing.
        Yes, the cloud tops are cold. Yet far far warmer than deep space and well able to radiate loads of heat to space. (Though I’m pretty sure what actually happens is that the Hurricane Force Cat 2 winds at the tropopause transport some of the air poleward and the radiating is done there, just prior to descending at way cold temps like -50 C)
        You can see the net radiation levels here:
        http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/view.php?d1=CERES_NETFLUX_M
        Notice that they move seasonally with the rain / cloud tops:
        http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/GlobalMaps/view.php?d1=CERES_NETFLUX_M&d2=TRMM_3B43M
        though there may be some lags in there, it’s hard to tell what with the frames repainting separately.
        So it’s blindingly obvious that the net outbound radiation moves with the insolation (seasonally tracking it) and that the rain moves with the solar heating that evaporates the water making clouds and precipitation. Said precipitation happening when the water condenses in the clouds.
        CO2 has no role in the heat transport process of the troposphere / tropopause. It has a minor role in the stratosphere, and there it is a net cooling agent.
        http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/tropopause-rules/
        http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/gonzo-gonzalo-and-cyclone-up-vortex-down/
        http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/le-chatelier-and-his-principle-vs-the-trouble-with-trenberth/
        And please, go learn the difference between heat (an extrinsic / extensive property) and temperature (an intrinsic / intensive property).
        http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/intrinsic-extrinsic-intensive-extensive/
        The Earth is a giant heat engine solar driven with water as the working fluid. Heat is absorbed in the oceans (and a tiny bit on land surfaces) and radiated at stratospheric height. Well above the bulk of ‘greenhouse gasses’ (that are anything BUT like a greenhouse… they are net radiative / cooling and do not in any way block convection – which is how a real greenhouse works.)

    • It might be above 90% of the Earth’s CO2 but it still has a path length of miles to go. Has anyone calculated water movement in the stratosphere? There is enough water for it to emit an equivalent of 1 W/m2 for the surface area of the Earth if it all precipitated in one year. Circulation of this water between poles and the equator might be important.

  5. “Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect”
    Thanks to your project Anthony, we also know that the UHI also affects many if not most of the temperature measuring stations giving gradually increasing “false” higher temperatures that than should have been indicated over the last century had their surroundings remained bucolic.

  6. “More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities. This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.”
    Bold mine
    What does the scientific term “sharp increase” mean? There was a “sharp increase” in global temps in the first part of the 20th Century and another in the latter half. The “climate scientists” that TWC references seem to believe that only the second one was caused by human CO2 emissions. Huh?
    Other than the computer model simulations (designed to show CO2 as a major factor), none of the other referenced items “provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities”. Indeed, if anything, they show that nothing out of the ordinary has happened over the past century. Moreover, the computer model simulations are not evidence of anything. A simulation is not evidence, and unless it is an exact simulation, it is not even accurate.
    Saying “This is the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists” doesn’t make it so. Better, and more accurate, would be to say that there is nearly unanimous agreement that human activities may have contributed somewhat to the warming with the exact portion of the warming caused by human CO2 emissions being uncertain.

  7. “Furthermore, the sun/atmosphere/land/ocean “climate system” is extraordinarily complex, and natural variability on time scales from seconds to decades and beyond is always occurring.”
    Translation: “We haven’t really got a clue how it works!”

    • Exactly! And, that is where any real scientist would have stopped. The fact they had to continue on despite already admitting no one understand the climate says everything that needs to be said. It have nothing to do with science.

  8. At least they are recognizing the role of UHI & land use change & that it isn’t just CO2.
    I think they are a bit disingenuous to imply a high correlation between temperature and CO2 increase when they surely know that the correlation is not high.
    The computer model simulations are not ‘evidence’ , especially since they fail so miserably to reflect observations of temperature. Nor are tree ring proxies or the other indicators ‘evidence’ that human activity is responsible for temp rise.
    Also disingenuous to say that the ‘jury is out’ on cyclonic activity presumably because it isn’t doing what they ‘hope’ it will.

  9. Several statements, all basically true, but pieced together in such a way as to justify an unjustifiable belief. No facts, no definite linkage, can’t say anything about hurricanes since they’ve suddenly disappeared for a decade.
    Claims about conclusions drawn by “climate scientists” are still no better than predictions from astrologers. It’s NOT a “science”, it’s voodoo, except without tasty chickens.
    That’s the problem with inventing your own branch of “science”, there’s nobody around to shake you and say, “Hey, stupid, that’s all wrong!”… and in 100 years when they use this as yet another lesson on hubris and the stupidity of herds, the current “climate scientist” names will be universally laughed at and scorned, they way we remember Chamberlain, Quisling, et al.
    Hey Bob, you want to really screw up those financials? Just do Mike’s Nature trick on the gold samples, that’ll bring the investors running. Hey Jim, want to make your tax numbers look better? Just Hansen up the records. Oh Sam, if you want to completely mess with Wiki, just Connoley the real facts with made up trash.

    • Too true CT
      I love the loaded language.
      “The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.”
      Can be stated “There is no evidence of….etc”

  10. The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century, more than half of that occurring since the 1970s.

    Yes, it’s a fact that the climate has been slowly warming since the LIA. But only 0.69C per century, according to the JMA, looking at the average surface temps over land and oceans (oceans dominate climate).

    http://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/ann_wld.html
    [data and analysis method]
    http://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/explanation.html

  11. “The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century.” Duh what do you think should happen at the end of the “Little Ice Age” and during the start of the modern warm period. Do you think it was going to get colder? This has happened before at the end of Bond Events.

  12. This is one for the books. A sceptic gets the first bite at a comprehensive news release and the alarmist establishment gets the lesser role of defending their position. It is difficult to discredit an idea once it has been floated globally.
    It is usually the reverse. Warmists marketing army pump out press releases and leave it to the sceptics to put the toothpaste back into the tube. Bravo John Coleman!

  13. Was there a big meeting some years ago where it was decided to ignore the principles of metrology and science in order to present data like this as fact?
    Data with uncertainties and resolutions much larger than the stated measurement value and filtered through a raft of assumptions all that are conveniently ignored when values are presented?
    It’s like using Google Earth to count the hairs on your head and then getting fired up when you realise there are a few more on reanalysis.
    As they say in Belfast, wise up the bap.

  14. Sin of Omission: Failing to do something which one is able to do, and which one ought to do.
    John Coleman is not guilty of the Sin of Omission, but the Weather Channel clearly is.
    Their statement intentionally ignores the important scientific facts that John Coleman pointed out:
    1. The satellite temperature record for the past 18 years shows no warming.
    2. There is almost Zero correlation between CO2 and surface temperatures.
    3. The polar ice caps are making a dramatic recovery.
    4. Climate models are abject failures at projecting future climate conditions.

    • Yes Sir, they trotted out the standard line with no evidence. They got nothing.
      They mentioned extreme rain events, and completely failed to point out how that was cherry picked data ignoring episodes of more extreme precipitation events prior to 1950. They are willful charlatans.

  15. Man burns fossil fuels causing CO2 to rise. Earth’s temperature rises. Therefore man causes Earth’s temperature to rise.
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
    FAIL

  16. To be fair, where it says than more than half of the warming has happened since the 70’s, it should have added that also more than half happened between 1910-1940, and that 0% of the warming has happened during the last 18 years, But then, being fair was not the goal.

  17. “More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities”.
    1) Is there not evidence that “More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in ….temperature” can be attributed, at least partially, to retrospective recording adjustments?
    2) “…together with computer model simulations…” Are there any such models which have past the test of time?
    3) “…ocean sediments and tree rings” All such temperature proxies have huge margins of error. Tree rings, in particular, as Steve McIntyre and McKitrick have shown, make notoriously unreliable proxies. Indeed

  18. “There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes. The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.”
    Sh!t Lysenkoist propaganda from the weather channel (yes, lower case).
    Dear weather channel,
    Why are you doing this? Are you so embarrassed at being wrong that you want to continue the charade as long as you can and hope it will all go away. ?
    Are you Government toadies like the BBC in the UK ?
    Do you think that you cannot be eviscerated in the internet age within 24 hours ? How quaint.

  19. This is the last gasp of a dying brand. “The Weather Channel” probably won’t exist in a few years (on cable at any rate). Unfortunately, other websites are being infected by “The weather Underground”. WU recently trashed one of my favorite weather sites, Intellicast.com by introducing a horrible new presentation format that looks like a high school website building project. Just terrible. And they just didn’t care what the users thought. Anyway, I’m on to Accuweather.com and that’s been fantastic.
    Bye bye, Weather Channel and Intellicast…

    • I like Accuweather’s Minutecast. If I’m preparing to go outside to do some work in our garden and Minutecast says it will start raining in 20 minutes, I know I can rely on that. Yes, The weather Channel is going to go downhill. We don’t even bother to check it.

    • What connection is there between Weatherunderground and Intellicast? WU is owned by The Weather Channel. I had thought Intellicast was independent.

  20. Was there a mention of the fact that warming precedes rise in CO2 levels by around 800 years?
    Must have missed it. Will have another read.

  21. In the future, historians and scientists will be amazed by the world wide hysteria induced by a single degree of temperature rise, amazed by not just the ignorance (ignorance is an unavoidable consequence of our lack of understanding), but by how any reasonable application of either logic or scientific method could possibly lead to such illogical and unscientific conclusions.
    It is difficult to overstate the abject failure of science and reason that has befallen us, as there is no historic precedent I can think of. We can look at the fairly recent (until circa 1960) rejection of continental drift as a failure, but at least antagonists could claim that there was no known method explaining how continents could actually drift. Reason was not simply abandoned.
    The closest parallel is with eugenics, another unscientific theory notable for evidence-mongering to accepted prejudices of the time. Today’s evidence-mongers however, are hard at work not merely scouring the globe for anything that can support their mad theory, but so often turning their heads away whenever they overturn something that contradicts it, they ought to have neck injuries by now.
    Will people of the future look kindly to all this? If the generation who won the second world war and put man on the moon are the greatest generation, what will they call us?

    • Vince:
      A very well stated concern.
      As an old CFO, I note your statement also applies to my area of…well, let’s go with “experience”:
      “It is difficult to overstate the abject failure of science and reason that has befallen us, as there is no historic precedent I can think of [for such willful ignorance]…” also applies to attempts to “forecast” the stock market. Investors can believe in the tooth fairy all they want, but irrational crowd momentum only carries so far before reality takes over and investments go POOF. Stock market time constants are shorter and consequences are more noticeable than climate fluxuations.
      It is possible and highly profitable to take advantage of trends in both systems: in climate, it’s called farming; in investing it’s called Berkshire Hathaway.

    • In their defense, complex non-linear coupled systems like the climate and the economy are impossible to ‘model’ with current technology. The ‘modelers’ in climatology and Keynesian macroeconomics picked up mathematical constructs from physics in the 19th century, that seemed to reflect what we now know to be quite primitive understanding. Trouble is, their ‘models’ in no way actually represent reality. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. The politicians saw all this as a tool for acquiring votes and power, but they “… use Science the way a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.” {That’s a quote, not original, but I can’t find the reference. Apologies to the source. }
      Maybe in the distant future, quantum computers or something we haven’t even thought of … with far more capacity, and much finer granularity, will get closer to real models, but we’ve got a very long way to go before that is possible.

      • ecSNcrew: Strongly agree with most of your comment, except for “…Maybe in the distant future, quantum computers or something we haven’t even thought of … with far more capacity, and much finer granularity, will get closer to real models.
        I’m a little out of my academic depth here, but it’s difficult for me to accept climate as a chaotic (i.e.: deterministic) system. This implies it’s stochastic, and thus simply cannot be accurately modeled (i.e.: produce accurate forecasts). This appears to be a mathematical property of the system, not a function of the computer power.

    • Lookup the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, written in 1841. I think this closely resembles what is happening.

  22. WC does a reasonably good job on severe weather but everything they say is underscored with climate change dogma. Ironically, there’s no weather on The Weather Channel it’s all climate change. They search the globe for severe events to support the statement we’ve just read. My weather comes from local sources on line without all the hype.

  23. Lying with facts…
    Facts are not truth. Facts are merely facets of the shining diamond of truth.

  24. Virtually everyone in the United States killed in car accidents has eaten carrots. If we ban carrots, it will, with certainty, stop the carnage on our highways.

  25. At least they acknowledge the existence if the UHI effect. Members of The Team in the past have tried to suggest with a straight face that the urbanisation effect is, if anything, a slight cooling.

  26. No real data or analysis. Just a pledge of allegiance to the flag of global warming.
    It’s gonna be all the more embarrassing when they are ultimately forced to retract it.

  27. Watch how easy it is to identify a biased source that states only 1 side. They state:
    “Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect. In addition, land use changes are affecting impacts from weather phenomena. For example, urbanization and deforestation can cause an increased tendency for flash floods and mudslides from heavy rain. Deforestation also produces a climate change “feedback” by depleting a source which absorbs carbon dioxide”
    No denying this fact above. But what about the conclusive evidence that shows the complete opposite with regards to humans increasing CO2? Our planet’s booming biosphere, vegetative health and increases in plant productivity, as well as record crop yields and food production……………….all because of increasing CO2?
    How about the big contribution this is making to evapotranspiriation that is causing an increase in low level moisture and evidence of this causing a negative feedback by increasing low clouds and rains?(OK, on that last one, I wouldn’t expect them to actually get that reality)
    Guess that doesn’t count if the intent is to prove your point and need to ignore the scientific method in order to do it.

  28. If a place like the Weather Channel is so certain about their position, they should be willing to ‘put their money where their mouth is’. Why not sponsor a debate between three “deniers” (Spencer, Cristy, Evans come to mind), and three of their own? They could publicize it, webcast it, live broadcast it, etc.
    Does anyone know how to throw down the gauntlet to them?

    • “It reads like the arguments of Intelligent Design.
      Disclaimer: I don’t believe in Darwinism (or Creationism either).
      But ‘ID’, IMHO, offers the only plausible explanations for the “evolution” of the human brain, and the general observation that species seem to “improve” over time.
      What “natural selection” process favored the development of our primate brains into integrated social systems, capable of building interplanetary spaceships? Did this ‘evolve’ naturally, to escape some particularly ferocious species of carnivores? Then why not evolve to climb a tree faster or higher? But the predators might follow, so the optimal solution might be to evolve “backwards”, eventually becoming some kind of low-IQ, mammalian roach that could slither under a rock.
      Darwinism claims that lower forms of life can evolve to higher forms in a series of steps over time. But can higher forms of life evolve back into “primordial slime”?
      No, the development of evolution always seems to be “forward”, towards some goal or destiny. Whereas bees have been destined to live in hives, naked mole-rats must live underground, like bees, in hive-like colonies. Humanoid life, OTOH, seems to be destined to swarm from their planetary cocoons and to spread throughout the neighboring cosmos.
      It seems to me that “design laws” exist (that we haven’t discovered scientifically, yet) that explain and predict what forms and behaviors living creatures can have. In the same sense that there are “laws” which explain and predict what forms and functions molecules can have.
      How else could you (easily) explain how flowers can mimic the forms of insects and birds (and vice versa). How is it possible for ants to cooperate socially to build an arch (from both sides simultaneously)? To create these engines “by chance” would require thousands of genetic parameters to be permuted and then selected and tuned in an impossibly short time, even over millions of years. If the “intelligent designs” already exist somehow (waving my hands), then only a handful of selection parameters might be required.
      I think these so-called Intelligent Design laws will eventually be discovered by scientific discovery, along with the discovery of the Life Principle itself, which will explain consciousness and that motivating “spirit” (operating system kernel), which “lives” within all of us creatures, great and small, driving us to achieve our “evolutionary” goals.
      But I digress, sorry for the OT remarks.

      • Well, Johanus, you sure do digress!
        Perhaps we can redeem your relevance standing with an observation that the schism between John Coleman and the Weather Channel is an excellent example of “backwards” evolution.
        This cannot, of course, by definition, be primordial slime that it reverts to but it might be subsequent, sententious slime and my guess is that further mutations will occur, out of phase with CO2 partial pressure variation.

      • “… John Coleman and the Weather Channel is an excellent example of “backwards” evolution.”
        I am disappointed. You have it backwards. Coleman was the _founder_ of WC, which actually reported the weather when he ran it. So it had to have evolved into slime _after_ he left.
        I’m surprised that you didn’t claim that the reason humanoids must evolve to the level of making rocket ships was for the reason of evacuating from planets enhanced with man-made CO2.
        [But only warmists will leave. Bon voyage!]

      • Johanus,
        You type faster than you think!
        If your grasp of English were better, you would understand that “primordial” means “existing since the beginning”. THAT’s why it is “by definition” not an appropriate term.
        John Coleman was primordial.
        The Weather Channel is slime.
        Now, do you get it?
        Btw, theory of evolution doesn’t involve an intention on the part of an organism.

  29. There is so much that is wrong with their position statement.

    Are human activities causing it?

    > How about are man-made greenhouse gases responsible for MOST of it?

    The climate of the earth is indeed warming,

    Global warming has been on a standstill for 18 years and counting.

    Impacts can already be seen, especially in the Arctic, with melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, and rapid retreat and thinning of sea ice, all of which are affecting human populations as well as animals and vegetation. There and elsewhere, rising sea level is increasing coastal vulnerability.

    Almost every single one of these observations has been made between 1880 to 1940. A time of less than 350ppm of co2.

    There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes.

    That’s called the weather and not the climate. Where is this computer simulated evidence??? Why don’t the Weather Channel call themselves ‘THE CLIMATE CHANNEL’?

  30. The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.

    The jury is certainly out. The judge asked them to leave the building when the prosecution failed to provide any evidence.

  31. The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century, more than half of that occurring since the 1970s.

    Funny how carefully and studiously they just ignored the past 18 years, a time-period when CO2 levels are higher than ever. Do they even believe the lies they are telling?

  32. Actually, this statement makes the warmist position in a reasonable and clear manner. And I would certainly agree that it is a reason to continue investigating the Climate and collecting data. I’d even go so far as to agree to the spending of a few billions building experimental energy production like wind and solar farms, or to promote energy conservation. But as a reason to gut our energy infrastructure Or crippling our economy it’s simply to little.

    • “Actually, this statement makes the warmist position in a reasonable and clear manner”
      ======================================
      As comments above show, the statement is unreasonable, deceptive, dishonest, and factually vacant.

      • Delingpole says it best.

        ………that hasn’t stopped Coleman’s old home the Weather Channel issuing a bizarre “position statement” in response.
        It’s bizarre because you would expect that the point of a “position statement” would be to spell out the facts – whereas this one just muddies the water with exaggerations, half-truths and straw men……..

        The position statement sound like something a 16 year old Kool Aid drinker would parrot out.

      • I don’t understand what you mean. Everything in that statement was factually true, as far as we can discern. Certainly the interpretation of those facts are open for debate. I personally seriously doubt that Global Warming is a danger or even mostly man made. But I understand why warmists would believe it is. As to whether they believe it or are just milking it, that’s really not mine to say.

    • Investigating the climate should be impartial, don’t you think? Yet the whole IPCC is constrained to look only at one side – human caused climate change, as is mandated in their charter. This is the whole problem.
      And that is exactly the problem with the statement “this makes the warmist position in a reasonable and clear manner,” because all it is doing is presenting evidence for their position and ignoring evidence against, of which there is a great deal. And it’s worse because the “evidence” they purport to present doesn’t even hold up to scrutiny.

      • The IPCC is a construct of the rent-seeking UN.
        This group of useless folks spend their (well paid but meaningless) lives in search of justifications for a global tax…thus the IPCC is created to market the “sky is falling” side of what thus far has been a reasonably effective effort to scare the hell out of millions of people. The very last thing the UN crowd wants is a fair & balanced analysis of the (accurate) data.
        Nobody even tallies up the human misery due to this foolishness.

    • schitzree , the sun will rise tomorrow. If it does it’s factually true. I say we caused it. Is that true? The WC position statement is garbage just like I have shown you. GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Pronto.

    • Ontario is promoting energy conservation at the same time they are paying producers not to produce as well as selling excess electricity far below costs to jurisdictions outside of Ontario.

  33. Cut the cord. The richness of internet information is killing outdated and biased media outlets. The top-down formula message management is not working.

  34. I have just deleted the weather channel app from my phone. I prefer not to rely in the science, in this case meteorology, of people who bury themselves in the political realm this deeply.

  35. These heat mongers do not understand that ice caps were melting on Mars and other Planets at the same time Earth’s was melting. They talk of melting Artic Ice and show you the Western section, heated from beneath by volcanic activity. They hide the old (verified) news accounts of warm weather the Artic in the 1930’s :
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/03/16/you-ask-i-provide-november-2nd-1922-arctic-ocean-getting-warm-seals-vanish-and-icebergs-melt/
    They need you to believe that the Arctic has never been as warm as it is now. That is how researchers get grants-who’s going to pay for “old news”.
    The name change from global Warming to Climate Change should have caused the average intelligent being to ask why. The Climate Change group shouts it’s changed, because it is a better reflection of what is actually occurring-I say Bull. They changed the name when they found no warming. The Earth is very old, but they would have you believe that 100 years is enough to get the “big picture”-liars! You do not want to go back to periods of time when temperatures were much warmer than they are now.
    Early on, they told us the warm would melt all ice caps, cancel Christmas, and leave children to wonder what snow used to look like-rubbish- But wait, the Climate Change group has some fancy dance steps and are now in “change mode-again”. They tell us the warm is causing the cold and Arctic ice growth and the cold could last for 30 or more years (too late-already predicted by solar scientist). They even have begun to post stories that show they know about other influences on weather:
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/climatechange/ocean-conveyor-impact-on-clima/36421863.
    This, in response to the little effect Carbon Monoxide has on climate, which they will toss to the background in future years. This reminds me of the witchcraft era when if placed in lake you were a witch if you drowned. If you did not drown, you were a witch that could not die. No matter what the future weather be it colder or warmer-it’s all do to climate change. In a way, they are correct, however natural forces cause global climate changes; humans do not cause it.
    When they write, “Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect’, they forget that many of the

  36. ‘This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.’
    Firstly given that even if 100% of catholic priests said god existed despite their ‘expertise ‘ that still does not make it automatically true and secondly the reality is this claim has ‘NO FOUNDATION ‘ as we simple do not know how many ‘ climate scientists’ there are , in fact we don’t even have a shared definition of what makes a ‘climate scientists’ in the first place , given its a term used for railway engineers and failed politicians.
    The only thing that backs this claim is poor research, and if your making such great claims I think its more than fair to ask for very good standard of evidenced expected within science, which was not just poor in pratice but highly biased in nature and even that in no way established what all or even most ‘climate scientists.’ think on the subject . From day one this claim has failed both on mathematical and logical terms.

  37. Is it The Weather Channel or The Climate Channel? Apparently those responsible for this misnomer didn’t get the “it’s just weather” Climategate memo regarding talking points.

  38. Good to see John Coleman on The Kelly File providing a refreshing non-alarmist viewpoint in CAGW. It leaves me thinking though that there is a hole in Fox News’ programming today that needs to be filled.
    With nearly every MSM news outlet today toeing the climate alarmist party line (TWC obviously included), I believe it would behoove the Fox News Channel (FNC) to bring in one or two scientists from the skeptics community to host a weekly half-hour or hour-long program. On the show, the scientist-hosts would present all of the scientific evidence which pokes holes in and falsifies this CAGW nonsense. The material would need to be presented in an easy-to-understand format that the average Joe can comprehend (which should not be hard I would think). From my following of WUWT, it seems to me that there is enough going on in the climate camp today to provide the necessary material to fill a weekly half-hour or hour-long show on a regular basis.
    FNC is the obvious choice for this program since it is the only MSM outlet without a leftist bias that isn’t toeing the CAGW party line. The program would obviously ruffle the feathers of the CAGW camp, and it would be good to see it happen. If the CAGW propaganda campaign is to be exposed for what it is today, this is something which is sorely needed.
    John Coleman might be a good choice for the show although he is getting on in his years now. He most likely is in need of and deserving of well-earned retirement. It would probably be best if he only contributed to the programming material in the background–if he played a role in the program at all. There are any number of other skeptical scientists out there who might do well as the host or hosts of this program in lieu of Mr. Coleman.
    I plan of writing to FNC via email and suggest this very thing to them. I would like to suggest and ask that other followers/readers here at WUWT do the same. Climate change is enough of a hot button issue today to conclude that this program is something that is needed if the light at the end of this dark CAGW tunnel is to be seen approaching at a healthy and satisfying speed.

    • …..this idea is not to suggest that Anthony is not doing a commendable job of disseminating the contrary and falsify evidence to shoot down CAGW. He most certainly is doing so. The program on FNC is meant to be a supplement to Anthony’s blog and to assist him in beating down this climate fraudulence.

    • Recent polls show that conservative and self-named Republican folks (maybe the core of Fox News types) don’t think “climate change” is an important issue. The other group (progressives and Democrats) do think it is, but they do not constitute a big part of the audience of FNC.
      Likely a climate show would hurt ratings. Don’t see them going there.

  39. Three main questions, which are unfortunately along the lines of “When did you stop beating our wife?”
    1. “Is global warming a reality?”
    BAD question. The question is, “The earth has been warming and cooling since it’s inception, how can we determine what cycle are we in now?
    2. Are human activities causing it?
    BAD question. The question is, “How do we determine all of the major factors that affect climate? Human activity may or may not be an important factor.”
    3. What are the prospects for the future?
    BAD question. The question is, “Who is stupid enough to predict weather centuries into the future especially not knowing the answer to question 2.
    In any investigative matter, the questions are more important than the answers. Ask a doo-doo question, you’ll get a doo-doo answer. Ask the right question and you’ll get a good, meaningful answer. For climate science articles like this, the answers are the only important thing. Like a guilty criminal they do not want good questions.

  40. There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes. The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.

    This paragraph is extremley telling. There is zero evidence but much unsupported specualtation linking GW to heat waves and precipitation extremes, but for climate propaganda, bad weather is always a good example of the horror of AGW. On the other hand, if there is solid evidence in there being less hurricanes and tornadoes, it cannot possibly be due to AGW, so “The jury is out…”.
    How so many pounds of manure can fit into such a short article is a miracle. It is obvious the jist here is that every bad thing that happens anywhere on the globe is due to AGW and any good thing that happens anywhere on the globe is not, definitely not due to AGW.

  41. It is nonsense to say that the majority of scientists believe in man made climate change. The Oregon petition alone was signed by over 30 000 graduate scientists stating that the use of fossil fuels will not harm the environment. The latest paper from the Netherlands Institute for Atmospheric Research in Utrecht has revealed that of the 400ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere only 15ppm comes from the human use of fossil fuels. as for the Arctic the ice has reformed to the extent that it is now greater than anything seen for decades. All the models have been shown to be wrong.

  42. Global Warming: The Weather Channel Position Statement
    Introduction
    The scientific issue of global warming can be broken down into three main questions: Is global warming a reality? Are human activities causing it? What are the prospects for the future?

    The WC has three subjective questions instead of three objective questions to overview climate focused science.
    The objective questions to be used to overview climate focused science are:
    Q #1 – Is the EAS fundamental behavior in the last ~150 years the same as it reasonably has been interpreted to behave in the geologic and historic past?
    Q #2 – Has human action in burning fossil fuels significantly and unambiguously changed EAS fundamental behavior compared to the geologic and historic pasts?
    Q #3 – What basis is there for a fundamental concern that any human influence on the fundamental EAS behavior should have, by default, a net harm to life on Earth?
    There is a reasonable case to be made within the current body of climate focused research to answer:
    Answer to Q #1 – The same
    Answer to Q #2 – No corroborated and multiply reinforcing observed evidence
    Answer to Q #3 – No reasonable basis, just belief
    John

  43. Another man from the hotwhopper stable of madness.
    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/AdultDiscussionPlease
    “By Paul Beckwith
    On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:
    “For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean”

  44. Since when did AGW start 100 years ago? In addition, if you look at the temperature graphs in the 20th century there was a decrease from the 40s to the 60s – so of course half of the increase in temperatures occurred since the 1970s. Overall, the second half of the 20th century showed little more net warming in the second half than the first. The only part of the WC assertion I find reasonable is that some of the warming up until the recent pause might be attributable to land use changes and urbanization. The models and CO2 are computer exercises and unproven theory – in fact likely dis-proven theory, in my humble, unscientific opinion.

  45. Forget the science. It doesn’t matter what the Weather Channel people think. The only thing that matters is who you vote for. Can you identify any skeptical candidates? Anybody? Shouldn’t there be a sticky page here that identifies skeptical candidates and hopelessly green candidates? Nothing else matters because we now have government by fiat and an out of control EPA run by drones. And that’s just the US.

    • You can’t go wrong voting Republican, and I say that as someone who has voted mostly Democrat for most of my adult life.

      • Newt G. (nutty as he is) started to go over to the dark (AGW) side for political purposes a few years as he tried to get back in …. The R doesn’t guarantee anything, but it seems that the D certainly does.

  46. “… historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities.”
    How?

  47. It is possible and highly profitable to take advantage of trends in both systems: in climate, it’s called farming; in investing it’s called Berkshire Hathaway.
    Berkshire just lost a few million $ on Tesco. Bad forecast.

    • But Tesco admitted that it has overstated profits. The regulators are investigating whether this was criminal or not and for how long it has been going on. But what a also requires investigation is why the auditors failed in their job and certified as being true and correct accounts which were neither true nor correct. The only mistake that the Sage of Omaha made was to forget the warning of his mentor, the Dean of Wall Street, and to trust the accountants.

      • There have been so many instances of this sort of thing in the past, in makes me think that auditors are not good at all. I also can’t see the point of a company deliberately overstating their profits, since that would lead to a higher tax bill. The smart ones reduce their profits to zero.

  48. “There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes”
    Here is a list of world record rainfall events from BOM in Australia. http://www.bom.gov.au/water/designRainfalls/rainfallEvents/worldRecRainfall.shtml.
    There are actually only thirteen events but none occurred in the 21st century and one was in the 19th.
    I don’t know if its up to date as the similar page for Australia’s records do not mention Feb 2011 in Victoria, although that could be because of problems with BOM. We had an unofficial 280 mm in a few hours but the official daily rainfall was 195 mm about 10 km away (remember that the official prediction was that we would be in permanent drought).

  49. Some time ago I said that I stopped watching the Weather Channel, however it was the Weather Network here in Canada that I stopped watching, as I don’t get the WC.

  50. Global Warming: The Weather Channel Position Statement

    They express uncertainty yet they still leave the impression of certainty.
    Hey, TWC!
    Spend more time on getting today’s forecast right!

  51. First they ignore you, then they fight you, and then you win!
    I would say that this counter to John Coleman means they have moved to fighting.
    We are closer to winning now that skeptics are taken seriously!!!!

  52. Typical leftists.. trash those that came before them, tear down the foundations of the past. What would you expect from people who took John Colemans dream and work and turned it into what is on display today

    • Beautifully, and sadly, well stated.
      How about we settle the unsettled science with a cage fight between you and Mickey Mann or any other champion of the anti-science front?
      I’d pay to see that very brief encounter.

    • They could only take the name of what he built and trash it.
      The name of John Coleman remains untarnished.
      (Though I’m sure he would have liked the name of TWC to have remained the same.)

  53. Half of the reported temperature increase in 100 years happened in the last half of that period. Really!

    • Shocking!!
      Let’s see, Half of 1.5F since the 70’s, that’s .75F.
      1979 is 35 years ago. Close to 1/3 of a century,
      3 times .75F equals 2.25F per century.
      Gee, 2.25F is the upward bias that has been present since Earth began the recovery from the Little Ice Age.
      Gee again. That means no warming signal at all from Carbon Dioxide None, Zero
      It would seem this WT retort is nothing but good news disguised as bad news.

  54. That use of “strong” in conjunction with “evidence” is even more dubious. Computer models are not “evidence”: they are projections dependent on the quality of the models and the quality of the data fed into them. Tree ring proxy data has been shown to be extremely unreliable. (Hence that infamous “hide the decline” Climategate email). As for ice cores, what these show is that previous historical increases in CO2 have lagged rises in temperature, not preceded them.
    Then there’s that “nearly unanimously” in conjunction with “climate scientists”: where do we begin? Presumably this is a sly reference to the roundly discredited “97 per cent” claim. And even were the statement accurate, which it isn’t, science is not a numbers game. Well into the mid-Nineteenth century doctors and surgeons nearly unanimously believed that there was no need to scrub their hands before and after conducting an operation. It didn’t mean they were right. Nor that many thousands of people didn’t pay for this scientific ignorance with their lives.

  55. “These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence …”
    So computer model simulations, which grossly overestimate warming relative to reality, are “evidence”?
    Uhhhhhhhhh… no!

  56. TWC is just angry due to lower ratings, no Hurricanes hitting the U.S. no cat 6’s yet

  57. The entire article is BS. From top to bottom. What glaciers are still melting? It isn’t getting warmer at all. Anyone writing this sort of ‘rebuttal’ should be butted by a battalion of angry mountain goats.

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