Hilarious! @weatherchannel reporter fakes intensity of #HurricaneFlorence wind – gets caught

You can’t make this stuff up. The Weather Channel typically sends a reporter to hurricane landfalls to file live reports. Hurricane Florence is no exception. However, in this case although it appears in the video the reporter can barely stand up in the wind, but when the camera zooms out, his fakery is revealed.

h/t to Ronnie Rogers via Facebook

Update: Attemptng to save face, TWC made a statement to BuzzFeed about the fiasco:

“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.

Update2:

Here is a better video.

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284 thoughts on “Hilarious! @weatherchannel reporter fakes intensity of #HurricaneFlorence wind – gets caught

    • I guess the Weather Channel hasn’t heard that it’s no takesies-backsies on stuff like this.

      No, and I”m sitting here laughing, wondering what they will try next.

      • If you watch the video right through, one of the boys is seen walking on the grass on the other side of the road. He seemed to do OK.

        • My wife points out how unreasonable you’re being. Those young whippersnappers didn’t stay up all night broadcasting propaganda. They may be just going home from the all-night party.

    • Don’t be so hard on him.

      1. It is always important to stretch before running.
      2. He was not able to use the restroom for several hours.
      3. It’s 3:00. (Movie reference)

    • I will say this about the media, if they have to create a bit of fiction to force many people to say “gee, it really is bad out there, maybe we should evacuate”, then more power to them (The media). What I will always call the media and the AGW alarmist is that these types of events are within statistical norms and so are our temperatures. The earth seems to be moving into a rapid cool down and the ice sheets at both poles bare this out, yet I hear no news on it because all the environmental wacos are will harping about global warming.

    • I gave up on TWC a long time ago. However, before I gave it up they had way more sane hurricane coverage than our local news. I guess those days are gone…

      A while back a hurricane headed for us button hooked away overnight. I paraphrase but the reporter was standing next to a storm grate telling us that if it had rained there could be serious flooding here. I guess if they’ve got you out live you’ve got to say something.

  1. This is like the female reporter shown paddling in a canoe during a flood, and then in the background two people walked by, the water barely up to their ankles.

    Our media is dishonest as a rule. They can also be malicious and malignant – this time it was just clownish.

  2. On a separate note –
    Warmer SST are supposed to make hurricanes more intense.

    Early this week, it was reported that the SST of the atlantic waters off the NC and Virginia coasts was abnormally high while the waters to the south were normal.

    Interesting that hurricane florence fizzled from a CAT 4/5 hurricane to barely a CAT 1 when it hit the warmer waters.

    • I dont buy that it was a Cat 4. Remember they changed the way of measuring wind speeds for classification for Hurricane Harvey from near the slower base of the hurricane where all the damage is done, to aircraft measurement which is from the top. They are supposed to calculate the speed from the aircraft measurement, not use it directly.

      We are often branded conspiracy theorists but what does one do when inundated in biggest, perhaps the very first, global conspiracy. They are more constrained with their lies at landfall because there are sensors at the correct height maintained in all hurricane prone areas. Thats why they have to do these clown acts for the camera instead of simply reporting the “data”.

      • Here we had a supposed Cat 4/5 hurricane, speeding up into warmer waters and it hits the coast as a Cat1? Some 36 hours ago, the imagery showed an unraveling of the usually tightly compressed spiral arms that make up the central cylinder of the cane and the eye pressure was only ~10mb below standard 1000mb normal surface air pressure. This wasnt much above a tropical depression. I hope Joe Bastardi weighs in. Were there any deaths? What damage was done.

        • my only point was the theory is hurricanes will be more intense due to the increase in SST (at least that is what the models show). Yet, the hurricane fizzled when it entered the warmer waters.

          Granted, there are a vast array of other factors that affect hurricanes, just noting that one of the warmists pet theories didnt hold true based on the empirical evidence.

          • Water temp is little more than a precondition.
            Wind shear and dry air are death to hurricanes no matter the water temp.
            Measuring water temp will not predict number or location or intensity or much of anything.
            This is why tropical systems, while rare, have formed even in January in water that is under the supposed cut-off temp.

        • Gary,

          Joe’s been reporting on this all week, i fact, had highlighted it back on 9/2 I think. Even he was predicting a Cat4 to Cat2/1 decrease by the time it hit landfall. Btw, he has publookicly available daily vids on weatherbell.com.

          rip

          • Rip – My comment at 1.58 pm today was my first comment anywhere regarding florence or any other hurricane this season.

            What does your allegation have to do with the point I made – specifically with reference to empirical evidence that doesnt support the theory of warmer SST causing more intense hurricanes

        • Not just that. It used to be hurricanes weren’t declared cat 4 until 135 MPH. In 2012 they changed that to 130 MPH. Harvey was NOT a cat 4, nor was Irma at U.S. landfall. Both storms were at 130 MPH. Rich Johnson pointed out on twitter that there was no observable cat 4 structural damage in Texas, nor have I seen observable wind observations consistent with that in either Texas or Florida.

          • While I understand your point I have looked over most of the Harvey landfall area. I have also seen much of the damaged area of Camille, Rita, a little of Katrina and Ike, and several others. A NWS report, link around somewhere, concluded that the highest winds, on the Lamar and Blackjack Peninsulas were not measured. Two portable units were flattened.

            Hurricanes are all different and maybe idiosyncratic. A lot of the damage was preventable and predictable, expected by old timers for decades, but it was quite a storm, well near the top.

        • there were 4 deaths, (a cinderblock building collapsed) and one of them was from someone plugging a generator in.
          Not sure what the normal death rate is, but 4 seems quite low for a region that big.

          [Two others were lost when a tree fell on their car. .mod]

          • Sad to see anybody die, but on the other hand, if you die from the effects of a hurricane when you were told to evacuate and chose not to do so, whose fault is that?

            I know, I know, it’s Trump’s fault. But besides the obvious, whose fault is it?

      • Yeah, I did a slant range calculation on the doppler radar indicated speeds just before landfall and found the 109kt region was 500 to 1000 ft alt. Reducing the speed to 10 meters per NHCs documents, it worked out to around 80 to 85 kts.

    • We were told all week that there has never been a storm this powerful at this lattitude before.

      I’d be willing to bet that there have been many thousands and probably millions of stronger storms at this lattitude. The earth didn’t just show up 100 years ago.

  3. On a separate note –
    Warmer SST are supposed to make hurricanes more intense.

    Early this week, it was reported that the SST of the atlantic waters off the NC and Virginia coasts was abnormally high while the waters to the south were normal.

    Interesting that hurricane florence fizzled from a CAT 4/5 hurricane to barely a CAT 1 when it hit the warmer waters.

    • As I understand it, there was no depth to that warmth, so there was a low cyclone energy potential.

      As a hurricane passes it churns up the sea to a considerable depth, so if the ocean warmth is shallow, it will cool very quickly due mixing. It might be nice to see a SST map following the hurricane, which should show a cool trail.

      R

      • I posted about this very subject (SST and the trails of churned and cooled water left) on my FB page a few days prior to the storm intensifying.

  4. The BBC is presenting it as a “catastrophe”!

    10 O Clock News dissecting it with selected clips of houses flooded. They panned across beach front properties first, with barely a wave reaching them, then straight into a flooded basement from goodness knows where.

    • The clip of the ‘storm surge’ flooding the BBC keeps showing has vehicles in the background and you can see ALL of their tyres.

      It’s a bit like when it’s a bit cold in winter, they send a reporter up a mountain pass to stand in front of the last patch of snow looking as miserable as possible and give the obligatory ‘and temperature are still dropping and more snow is forecast’ line. Meanwhile 90% of the country hasn’t had a snowflake.

    • Up until just a few hours ago the headlines were screaming about the “Monster” hurricane, even after it was declared to be a Cat 1.

    • The better question is, why did so many so-called experts, predict it would? Ocean surface temperature is only one factor in determining the strength of a hurricane, and even then, the temperature difference from out in the middle of the ocean to near the shore was not that great. They made it seem like it was a huge difference by showing it in lurid red hues, which made it seem like a no-brainer. In reality, it was the experts that weren’t using their brains.

      • The so-called experts with help of today’s best supercomputers and near-real time data inputs cannot accurately predict the intensity and path of one hurricane 48 hours into the future, yet the—ahem—consensus of this category of “scientific” professionals is that their modeling can accurately predict Earth average global temperature, whatever that means, 100 years in the future to +/- 0.1 C precision.

    • Because it never was a Cat 4 to start with. They have wind sensors on land in these places so it’s harder to lie – except to add 5knots to maintain Hurricane category, but out to sea its a free-for-all…They talked about 80ft waves 2 days ago but admitted satellites are confounded by the heavy rains and that they were probably 40 ft waves, neither of which seems to have come ashore. You can count on every opportunity to lie veibg taken.

    • it started ingesting dry air & that started cooling the core of the storm & caused it to start weakening. You can see the effect when the core clouds start to break up & thin out. That is dry air evaporating the clouds. Tropical cyclones don’t like that.

      • And now we know why cat 4 or 5 storms at this latitude are so rare.
        Well, some of us never forgot.
        Or forgot between last year and this year how quickly these things can fizzle, or ow there is no way to have any certainty beyond 24 to 28 hours.
        Three days out, any forecasts are barely wild ass guesses.
        And the first time, every time, they stop mentioning this, grab your bullshitometer.

      • Not only that the amount of energy required to support a Cat 4 storm is enormous and the shallow water however warm it was could not supply that level of energy. So as soon as the storm got to the continental shelf its energy supply started to reduce quite markedly. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

        Has anyone ever done a study of the subsurface currents caused by a hurricane? I would imagine an advection/convection circulation effect in the water as the water cooled by evaporation and falling rain sinks to be replaced by the warmer deeper water. If the depth of this subsurface effect was known then it could be possible to forecast the impact of shallower water on hurricanes.

    • Sandyb
      Because there were three other cyclones active in the same basin, almost upstream that sure the total airflow available to Florence. Plus a larger cat 5 hurricane east of the Philippines at the same time, all responding to the same troposphere pressure rise. Cyclone activity drops troposphere pressure.

      Look at the Arctic sea ice area over the same period. When Florence wained sea ice area stopped declining as fast as less atmosphere was displaced into the Arctic.

      Rapid intensification is caused by restrictions to seasonally displaced atmosphere and tropical evaporation. That’s the short answer.
      Regards

    • As I understand it, there was no depth to that ocean warmth, so there was a low cyclone energy potential.

      As a hurricane passes it churns up the sea to a considerable depth, so if the ocean warmth is shallow, it will cool very quickly due mixing. It might be nice to see a SST map following the hurricane, which should show a cool trail.

      R

    • And the further north the storm went, the greater the Coriolis force. That is why all cyclones widen and the peak windstrengths reduce, as they drift north.

      Atlantic depressions that hit the UK are as powerful as hurricanes, but they are more spread out with lower peak winds, than tropical cyclones, due to higher coriolis.

      R

  5. My son pointed out a flag from a live broadcast that clearly indicated the force and change of intensity of the wind. This is not something reporters are likely to notice and fake.

    I hope someone, with a clear memory, who has been living on the North Carolina coast for the past 60 to 70 years will tell us about the worst storms he or she remembers and how the present storm compares.

    • Don’t need to be that old or even to live in the OBX. In 2003, Isabel came ashore right at the Outer Banks as a Cat2 hurricane, and proceeded to cut an inlet clean across the island north of Hatteras village. Washed a bunch of local landmarks away, and people reported a storm surge that came up to 2nd story windows.

      I don’t think Flo is quite going to reach that standard.

  6. That about sums up the whole ‘climate change’ absurdity. This continual nonsense about ‘carbon’ supposedly responsible for now for all weather events greater than natural variability is just bizarre. The whole subject of dangerous ‘global warming’ by media, academia, and special interest groups, all of whom are a minority in the population is a bold faced lie, just like this video.

  7. The BBC were hardly better: the (female, natch) reporter stood in the pouring rain, saying: “I am in the eye of the storm, which is windy and wet…” If they cannot do the most basic research as to what to expect, how can they give anything near to an honest, accurate report?

    • There is usually little rain and wind in the eye of a hurricane. The Eye of hurricane Hazel passed directly over our house. My father took the opportunity to take the baby sitter home and get back in time for the other wall.

  8. Just as some people can withstand intense heat better than others, the wind might blow one person over while leaving someone else unaffected. True fact.

    • Killer, you are on a site where their are a lot of snart people. Even the usual trolls are embarrassed by your “saving the day”.

      • Yep, he was full on legs braced stance into the wind, and still getting blown back in hops. Faking it.

        Claiming infirmity is as credible as claiming to be an innocent tourist after flying to England from Russia to spend a few minutes looking at a steeple, with multiple escape routes, sorry, return flights booked!

        • As the guy behind him in shorts was ‘faking’ calmly strolling through, talking on his cell phone?

          The Weather Channel ‘hurricane reporter’ was not ‘getting blown back in hops’. Watch it again. He is just rocking back and forth, pretending…… Use your eyes man! Yes, it’s windy. No, he’s not being blown away.
          You can believe this fakery, if you like, but it is just bad acting. Highly exaggerated fake news.

          • J Mac
            He was being sarcastic.
            He wasn’t buying this story any more than he believed the GRU agents lame stories.

            With such a love for religious architecture might one expect they would also make these day trips to the other notable sights? That could be easily checked.

        • that is my favorite form of humor, marmot
          it is similar to radar, in a way.
          it locates the emotional reactionaries who have no sense of humor
          it locates the snart folks who use language for making sense rather than pavlovian semiotics.
          yu find out who can pay attention and who’s bankrupt.
          the intellectually bankrupt are fair game.

  9. “The Storm Channel” stopped being “The Weather Channel” years ago.

    If there’s not a storm in a friend’s or family’s area or even your area, good luck trying to find out what kind of weather they or you might be having by watching them.
    (And if there is a storm, good luck separating the facts from the hype!)

    PS How do they expect the people to take evacuation orders seriously when they show some of their people they “say” are in the heart of storm?
    What’s next? Use CGI to put Cantori or one of the bobble heads in the middle Jupiter’s Red Spot?

  10. WTF, I normally don’t defend the Weather Channel but I will this time bs of this BS smear of Mike Seidel.

    When I saw this post and saw the short little video it’s clearly Mike Seidel.

    Mike Seidel in an older veteran of The Weather Channel and always stands that way when it’s windy in the recent years with him getting much older and doesn’t want to fall.

    The wuwt post is not funny at all, I’m surprised you would write something like this Anthony.

    • Don’t buy you’re excuse for a minute.
      Whoever it is is clearing acting like the wind blew them back. They aren’t just “standing” in their usually stance on a windy day.
      If it is Mike Seidel, maybe he’s bought into the theatrics in recent years?

      • He older now and has hard time standing in any type of wind, he balances him self like that doing any type live reporting in wind.

        The wuwt post is basically making fun of someone who is disabled, Mike’s disability is getting old and having a hard time standing in the Wind.

        It’s truly sad that Anthony would write and allow a post like this

        • I have no knowledge of his difficulty, and i stopped watching TWC years ago, so I have no reference.

          I’m sympatthetic to disability, but this doesn’t smell right. I simply don’t buy it. If he has that much trouble standing and is “disabled”, why is TWC sending him out in the field in high wind situations? If your claim is true, TWC has some explaining to do because they are putting him at risk.

          If TWC or Seidel wants to make a statement about the issue, I’ll post it. Until then I’m not going to change anything despite your attempt at shaming me.

          • Latitude, just watched your clip & the reporter clearly said the wind is gusting at 60 mph.
            Why is he bouncing around? Well, the word “gusting” is a clue. Gusty winds when you are trying to stand still mean you are continually bracing yourself against the wind, only to find it suddenly drops off – & you “fall” into the hole in the wind. Then another gust hits, & you get pushed by it until you can re-brace yourself. Then the cycle repeats, & repeats. The reporter may be over-dramatizing, but it seems that many commenters here do not have personal experience of standing in strong, gusty winds.

          • Then another gust hits, & you get pushed by it until you can re-brace yourself. Then the cycle repeats, & repeats. The reporter may be over-dramatizing, but it seems that many commenters here do not have personal experience of standing in strong, gusty winds.

            Nope. You’re making excuses for the Fake News you want to support. A gust then, if it actually has hit the man standing, leaves off its pressure suddenly – the man HAS TO straighten (or relax pushing) for a moment (or he/she/it) falls forward into the wind! – then the next gust comes. NONE of those instinctive muscle reactions takes place in the man, the relaxed walkers behind him, nor the are the gusts “visible” in the water at their feet. (Been there, fought those winds.)

          • He said no one get killed in Blizzards what an idiot, four people died on nineth ave in Fargo in the eighties less than a quarter mile from NDSU farm and a half mile from the airport. I told my wife never to drive that street in a snow storm. If you are caught on a open road in a blizzard it a seriously life threatening event. If you are a farm you may loose your live stock. Loss of power is common and in below zero weather that serious no mater where you live.

          • In that video the graphic says “wind 29”, then “gust 48”. 29 mph sustained is not that much. Not even tropical storm strength. Gust to 48? Well the walkers in the background were handling it no problem. It is funny when he throws the shingle and it doesn’t go very far.

          • Not only doesn’t smell right, but doesn’t look right either. If the “reporter” was indeed responding to wind gusts of 60 mph or so (as others suggest), how then to explain the two younger persons in shorts in the background show no evidence that their strolling gait or balance was affected by those same presumed gusts?

          • “Then another gust hits, & you get pushed by it until you can re-brace yourself. Then the cycle repeats, & repeats.”

            Sorry ray, but watch the video, you can see the direction the wind is blowing from the movement of the grass and other objects in the camera’s view. He’s standing in the wrong direction relative to the direction of the wind for the wind gusts to be affecting him like that. And those same wind gust magically miss the two passersby in the background (who are having no difficulties in walking around) and magically don’t affect anything else in the cameras view.

        • It’s truly sad that you are such an… I started to say “idiot” but that would be making fun of idiots… I know how you hate that.

        • If he is as disabled as you describe, they have no business putting him out there in a hurricane no matter what category it is.

          To a reasonable person, your excuse does not pass the smell test.

        • I’ll assume you’re not being serious, @njsnowfan.
          But just in case, look at the video again and watch the objects that ARE being blown by the wind. They appear to be actually travelling in the opposite to direction to that which his “bracing” implies! 🙂

          • After your comment I looked again. You’re right.
            But, to be fair, he may have put his back to the wind to cover the mike so he could be heard.
            But, yes, the whole scene was an exaggeration by The Storm Channel … until those guys casually strolled by in the background.

            PS If conditions were as bad at that spot as “TSW” implied, why weren’t the guys in the background reacting to the conditions?

        • “He older now and has hard time standing in any type of wind, he balances him self like that doing any type live reporting in wind.”

          So why didn’t he move back ten feet and brace himself against the in-ground sign?

        • “He’s older now and has hard time standing in any type of wind, he balances him self like that doing any type live reporting in wind.”

          Then why didn’t he move back 10 feet and brace against the solid sign?

          • It is also possible the “wind tunnel” around the buildings were greatest where he stood.
            It makes for better theatrics, and gets more viewers to stay tuned.
            TV news has turned into entertainment.

        • Also, you are making an assumption that I purposely set out to make fun of an allegedly disabled reporter. But the fact is, I didn’t. I can’t identify the reporter, and I can barely identify the mic flag logo. The optics speaks for itself and this was all over Facebook before I picked it up.

          TWC has been in business for over 30 years, the optics they present (which is what I’m posting about) are truly their responsibility. Like I said, if they are putting a disabled person who has difficulty standing in a high wind/hurricane situation, then not only are their optics bad, so is their professional judgment.

          • There is another explanation. In any wind in an urban area there are various turbulent and venturi effects. So a relatively gentle wind can be magnified if you are in just the right spot. I would suspect that the reporter found ‘just the right spot’ to make a report about the wind – possibly the only spot in the area that had any real wind strength – and then stood on sloping ground to improve the optics.

            There are some places between high rise buildings in cities that pedestrians can be blown off their feet by wind increased by the venturi effect between the buildings with the ambient wind being relatively low.

        • “someone who is disabled”

          Are you really accusing that TV channel of putting a disabled person in harm’s way by sending him to areas where he is most likely to fall?

        • He is 61 years old which is NOT in any way disabled and is NOT old. For someone truly old, check Ruth Bader Ginsberg. You sound like you are twelve years old. Good grief.

    • “Mike Seidel in an older veteran of The Weather Channel and always stands that way when it’s windy in the recent years with him getting much older and doesn’t want to fall.”

      …he’s 61…..are you so stupid you think that’s old?

    • Here is the statement from TWC made to BuzzFeed

      “It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.

      No mention of. disability. Therefore, your complaint is moot

      • Also, it does not hold water as an excuse.
        There is concrete one step away from where he is, plus the guys in the background walk on grass too.
        Also note Mike is saying that the gust he is in is as bad as it has been.
        He is clearly faking.
        Note he picks up and object and tosses it in the air…it went about 20 feet and hit the ground. Not exactly astounding.
        On top of everything else, he is smart enough to know if it was too windy to stand, it is too dangerous to be in a place with tree branches and shingles blowing around.
        I went outside last year in Irma about an hour or two before the eye wall passed over my house, and it was way windier than were he is. I did not dare let myself get exposed in the open…I could have been killed in an instant by any number of objects, like branches shingles…or anything else travelling at 60 mph.
        Sheet metal would slice your throat, a branch could spear your to your heart or jam into your eye…and at any moment something could fly along.
        And I can tell you…in a really strong storm, leaves are blowing off trees.
        If he is standing in the open, it is not more than a tropical storm wind, if that.
        How did the wind speed defining a storm even get decided on?
        I suspect it has to do with just the question of blowing people around: Tropical storm force winds are the point at which the wind can physically move a person, and winds above hurricane force will be enough lift them off the ground. YMMV depending on weight and surface area, but if you are not being knocked around, it is not 60mph.

        • Grass has extreme adherence. Try to ski on even a tiny spot of grass with snow elsewhere. In fact even grass stalk is enough to stop a ski.

          Grass is extremely dangerous when skiing.

    • The Puerto Rico “death toll” was arrived at using a computer model. The people who did the report did not do an actual body count. That’s how fake this story is.

  11. The Weatherchannel reporter is very likely ‘unbalanced’, perhaps needing the support of a psychiatrist. Other alternatives could include recent excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages or perhaps he’s just a downright dishonest climate alarmist. My best guess is all three.

  12. Really, was Florence ever a category 4 hurricane? They say it was, when there was nobody to see it. Once it hits land, it’s just a tropical storm, i.e. cat 0. Maybe in fact it was never more than a cat 1. What are the chances the climatistas are hyping everything?

  13. Oh well, if nothing else, I got to watch something of interest on the Weather Channel, instead of my usual fare of switching between Fox and MSNBC.

  14. Yup!

    Just heard one of their doofuses report the maximum wind gust recorded at the airport; then finish his sentence with,”But, I can guarantee there are 75mph+ gusts mixed into the winds…

    He’s also pretending to “stand against the wind”, except he keeps straightening and standing easily as he looks around.

    Weather Channel for chumps: 90 percent show and 10% good radar images.

  15. Watch the Weather Channel’s storm surge virtual reality, and then compare it to the pictures of unimpressive damage in reality, here:-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45517260

    (This is not intended to insult people who have suffered from this event, it is of course horrible, it is a comment on the hysterical exploitation of this event and those who have suffered by the MSM and climate change activists – there is almost a sense of celebration in the BBC’s declaration that it is now a ‘deadly’ hurricane.)

    • People should stop using the word “horrible” except in its intended meaning, such as if your family is chased by a pack of wolves then that’s “terror”, and when the wolves are among you then that’s “horror”.

  16. The wind is so light the reporter doesn’t have a sense of which way to (fake) brace himself. The wind is right to left and he is bracing to the left.

  17. I just saw this and rushed over to share it, but see you all beat me to it. I am glad it is obvious to everyone what is going on here: Even the man on the street weather reporting is fake news now.

  18. Yeah reality does not provide for their sustenance.So they throw BULLSHIT Balls all the time. At 4AM this morning I assume I’m not the only one who noticed the 10″ tree that was snapped off on their on the scene show , about 2/3 of the thing was diseased.Dont be a subliminal receptor, television tends to do the thinking and processing for you.And quite frankly,DR Handjive who moves his arms in-sync with his lips is damn annoying.

  19. Been interesting watching Florence’s wind levels slowly reducing, the MSM seem dissapointed they havent got a disaster to confirm their biases.

    A while ago we were visiting NYC and after a day or two it was reported a storm /potential hurricane was coming. The media went into full DEFCON4 mode, cub reporters were reporting from fishing dinghies reporting on a slight chop (seriously if its going to be that bad what are you doing out there in that?), then the best one was a reporter talking from the beach with the wind picking up alledgedly. The camera panned backed and there were two kids throwing around a beach ball and a couple sunbaking, looking at her like she was from another planet.

  20. I happened upon the Harrison Ford Climate Summit clip where, in his new costume as gray-bearded kook, Harrison tells us to stop denying science. Yet, I read today, all over the internet, that Trump is partially responsible for this hurricane. I ask, Could anything more clearly be a denial of science than the think Trump can control a hurricane?

  21. Reminds me of that clown trying to convince us of the severity of Super Storm Sandy while wearing a baseball cap when a man walking his dog strolled across the intersection behind him.

  22. They have atrributed 5 deaths to the storm including one froa heart attack. SO if you have a heart attack while a hurricane is hanging ariound, it gets blamed?

    • “SO if you have a heart attack while a hurricane is hanging ariound, it gets blamed?”

      Yup; the idea is that if there hadn’t been a storm, he wouldn’t have been working, or stressing.

      It’s like that everywhere. Several firefighters have been killed in the recent California wildfires. They weren’t fighting the fires, but they were driving on the freeways TO the fire zones. Still counts as a fire-related death. Because if there hadn’t been a fire, they would have been home in bed, or watching TV or something.

      • By that method of accounting, we have to subtract the number of fatal car wrecks that do not occur because everyone is hunkered down and most are off the roads.
        Roughly three people per state per day are killed in car wrecks.
        So anything under that is a net savings of lives.

    • I think if the storm prevented the ambulance getting to the victim, yes it is considered a hurricane death…. when a republican is president.

  23. This actually got reported here in Australia which is a real surprise. Hummm…thinking about it, Australian media is heavily in to fake news.

  24. Best explaination I have viewed so far.

    From Privateidaho.

    “To be fair, he was standing in the eyewall and those bystanders are still in the eye…..explains everything.”

    There ya have it! 😉

  25. So if President Trump is somehow responsible for Hurricane Florence, perhaps then he was responsible for the recent ten years of diminished US hurricane activity too? Impressive.

  26. Eye of tropical storm Florence is now on the coast of South Carolina. It moves to the west at a speed of just 7 km / h. The wind is blowing at speeds up to 100 km / h.

  27. I like the raised arm to protect himself from flying cars .
    Great acting in a drama series .
    I thought CNN had cornered the market . What no Anderson Cooper ?

  28. More Fake News….. They just cannot help themselves. They are so used to manipulating the images we see and the discussions we get to hear…. But now with the Internet we can expose their falsehoods and deceit, discover the facts for ourselves or send their slip ups viral…. Which is why they want to Censor us and regulate the Internet. They want their “Power over the Narrative” back.

    Well they are never going to get that “Power” back as long as a Free American Society reigns…. I was going to say as “long as free Western society reigns”, but too many free Western societies have given up their freedoms to an entrenched political class and the Welfare state.

  29. “As Super Typhoon Mangkhut continues to sweep across the island of Luzon in the Philippines, it appears that the massive eye of the storm has collapsed in on itself. Even after making landfall and losing its eye though, the storm is still a massive Category-5 strength, shooting out rain, thunder, and lighting across thousands of square miles. In other words, if Hurricane Florence was Loki, joyfully spreading disaster and chaos, then Mangkhut is definitely Thor. Or, maybe it’s simply the Hulk. Actually, it’s more like a typhoon angel and a mutant pirate missing an eye had a baby, that baby was an avenging pirate/angel, then the angel baby grew up, it exposed itself to gamma radiation, gained incredible size and strength, stole Thor’s hammer, and used it to attack the Philippines.”
    https://www.facebook.com/Okinawatyphoonpics/

  30. Just so that you know how bad it’s getting….we are unable to see the clip here in Australia…I guess they pulled some kind of copy-right move…but, so much for internet freedom!

  31. Hey, I didn’t know weather systems can be that local. Aw, is there something global warming can’t do?

    30 years ago I jettisoned my TV and never bought another one. Guess why.

  32. If no one already commented, he’s bracing the wrong direction to the wind. The wind is coming from right to left and he’s braced for a left to right wind. Another reason I stopped watching TWC.

  33. The Weather Channel’s culture is one of deceptively hyping weather events for ratings and politics.
    The reporter is just a willing part of his employer’s culture of deception and corruption.

  34. The reporter lied about the wind speed as well, claiming that the wind speed was over 60mph when it was actually around 35.
    What a useless channel TWC has become, all over the desire to scare people about the weather and climate.

  35. Funny clip. After a quick search he seems to have resisted the cAGW bandwagon otherwise. Pretty impressive after 25 years in the network. I’m giving Mike Seidel the benefit of the doubt – gusts do throw trash around. Same weatherman during Hurricane Nate:

  36. Mike Seidel’s movements in this clip are most certainly “gesticulations”:

    gesticulation – Wiktionary
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gesticulation
    Noun. gesticulation (countable and uncountable, plural gesticulations) The act of gesticulating, or making gestures to aid expression of thoughts, sentiments or passion. A gesture; a motion of the body or limbs when speaking, or in representing action or passion, and enforcing arguments and sentiments.
    ‎English · ‎Noun

    Are they justified? In a “religious” sense, yes. Climatism is a religion, and Seidel has apparently taken holy orders as one of its priests. He is seen here delivering a sermon on “The End is Near”.
    /s

  37. Mike Seidel’s movements in this clip are most certainly “gesticulations”:

    gesticulation – Wiktionary
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gesticulation
    Noun. gesticulation (countable and uncountable, plural gesticulations) The act of gesticulating, or making gestures to aid expression of thoughts, sentiments or passion. A gesture; a motion of the body or limbs when speaking, or in representing action or passion, and enforcing arguments and sentiments.
    ‎English · ‎Noun

    Are these gesticulations justified?

    In a “religious” sense, yes. Everyone is entitled to freely practice religion. Climatism is a religion, and Seidel has apparently taken holy orders as one of its priests. He is seen here delivering a sermon on “The End is Near”.
    /s

    • Sorry about the “echo”.
      When I pushed “Post Comment”, the screen went blank for a moment and then reappeared with my text still in edit mode. So I made a small edit, pushed the button again and then both posts appeared in print.

      [So, remove the first dupe? Or leave them both as-is? .mod]

      • “[So, remove the first dupe? Or leave them both as-is? .mod]”

        Doesn’t matter. Important thing is to get WUWT working normally again.

    • It seems to me that if you were trying to hold your position in a strong wind, you might want to turn your back into it, less chance of debris/raindrops hitting you in the face.
      And FWIW, I’ve worked outside all day in strong winds, it wears you out just trying to keep your balance.

        • If the wind is strong enough to knock you around, leaning away from it will make it easier to be knocked over.
          We naturally lean into forces which push against us.
          And looking away from strong wind in dangerous situations is just dumb…I think you want to see it if something is flying towards your head and body.

  38. I think the biggest take from the video on Update 2 is the posted wind speed and gusts in the upper left corner.
    Too many people think the wind that is being shown is a hurricane. As the video shows that wind is only 29 mph. So many people do not understand how powerful 74+ mph winds really are.

  39. This video is a perfect example of MSM and their continued psychological warfare. To what end? 1984 is here people. While the commenters on this forum are awake, most of the populace are not. Time to break up the monopoly the MSM has worldwide.

  40. Haven’t taken the time to read all comments but it’s clear that the guy has his back to the wind while his posture makes it seem he’s facing (and bracing) it — note the direction of the plants bending with the wind in the sign planter nearby.

    Another guy (on FOX I think) stood up, extending his upper body through the sunroof of a moving car (side and background revealing the movement without showing any part of the car), making it seem as though the relative wind was the REAL wind! When the floor director signals ‘you’re on’, YOU’RE ON! (story or no story — make it up if you have to).

  41. This video was played on CBC. CBC reports that the weather channel said the reporter was tired. CBC can’t be taken as seriously if they really believe what they report. No infirmity, no physical or mental problems, ok, maybe mental problems, but just tired as the weather channel said.

  42. Even if this had been radio, it seems like the real story should have been that conditions were surprisingly mild compared to what had been predicted.

  43. Obviously you Climate Deniers don’t understand the difference between Weather and Climate.

    The two guys in the background are experiencing Weather.

    Mike Seidel is obviously experiencing Climate.

    See? So easy an inbred, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, right-winger can understand it.

  44. the reporters on British tv looked as if someone had chucked a bucket of water over them just before the broadcast. For the sake of verisimilitude of course.

  45. Everyone in this thread is wrong about what’s happening in the video, clearly the green screen operator loaded the wrong background video, had the proper video been loaded we would have all been duped into thinking Florence came ashore as a cat 9 hurricane and he would have been leaning in the right direction as the cars, trucks and freight trains flew past him ;0)

  46. Look at the grass and the object blowing past in the background. They’re blowing from right to left. He is struglling AGAINST a wind that’s blowing from left to right. WTF! Another example of fake news.

  47. When I look at that video, I notice the predominant direction in which the wind is blowing — it’s blowing towards the reporter’s BACK (from right to left). But the way he is bracing himself suggests that the wind should be blowing from his front (from left to right). His back leg is behind him, and he is leaning forward, which is a stance that you would take to brace against a force coming from your FRONT, but he is bracing opposite from the way you would brace against a wind blowing from his back.

    As for the statement in his defense, that’s a load.

    He should have faced in the opposite direction, but that would have put the rain blowing into his face, and we couldn’t have that, could we.

  48. Pull that shot back a little further and they were probably using a wind machine .
    But hey they spent some money getting this weather actor down there so they better get some
    value . Whoops got caught …. again .
    When I was a kid my Nanna used to get national enquirer type magazines and we used to just roll our eyes
    but they actually look more legit than most of the click bait complete shit that is passed off as news these days .

  49. I don’t think that they were using a wind machine. I think that the wind was blowing as depicted, but he was trying to fake how STRONGLY it was blowing, but he blew it (pun intended), because he was posturing in the WRONG direction to even fake it.

  50. Oh, he was standing on grass… Really? Talk about a fake leaning into the wind even without those guys walking completely unaffected by the wind.
    Laugh it off, morons. “…is there a dropoff or something, or those two guys walking on water…” That producer and TV face should be fired!

    What ever happened to any form of journalistic integrity? I mean… this a WEATHER event, for God’s sake. If they can’t be trusted with the facts of weather, how can they be trusted saying anything. Oh yeah, let’s chalk it up to the producers trying to think of something cute to do.
    Freaking morons.

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