WaPo Weather Guy Matthew Cappucci Perpetuates the Climate Hoax with Misleading Report on New Rain ‘Study’

From Junk Science

Like fish in a barrel.

Steve Milloy

Here is the Washington Post article (Web | PDF) by the Capital Weather Gang’s Matthew Cappucci about a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.

Note the certainty of the headline (above) and opening paragraphs (below), including the certain attribution to “humans”, a synonym for manmade emissions of greenhouse gases.

Now compare that certainty with the last paragraph of the study’s analysis, especially the highlighted portion.

Note the incongruity… Cappucci’s false presentation of certainty vs. the study authors’ clear admission of uncertainty.

Unfortunately, Cappucci seems to be a committed climate propagandist working at a propaganda outfit committed to the climate hoax. Since our last clash, he blocked me on Twitter.

The WaPo masthead reads “Democrats Dies in Darkness”… especially when you leave the inconvenient truths buried in the paywalled study.

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Steve Richards
October 15, 2022 6:03 am

In the UK we have just been informed that it will take 12 months of above average rainfall to top up our water supplies. It looks like no matter how hard the media push the global warming meme, the weather just does not respond!

Reply to  Steve Richards
October 15, 2022 6:14 am

No problem! Above-average rainfall is not uncommon in the UK. These morons forget that everything tends to the mean. Look at Australia…

Reply to  atticman
October 15, 2022 6:40 am

Above average occurs almost half the time. Average rainfall is rare.

mega weld
Reply to  David Wojick
October 15, 2022 12:33 pm

December-Feb. Usually a total soaking.

Bryan A
Reply to  mega weld
October 15, 2022 12:57 pm

Over the last 5 days the WaPo has had numerous articles about Biden and his failed excursion to Saudi Arabia. Story after story appear in this Google Search
Yet they’ve written no articles regarding the probable Attempted Collusion WRT trying to influence the Midterm Elections. Nor about Nancy Pelosi investigating this potential. It will be a travesty if this doesn’t end in publicly covered impeachment proceedings televised to the same extent as the attempted impeachment of President Trump

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
October 15, 2022 12:58 pm

Sorry, wrong thread.

Reply to  Bryan A
October 15, 2022 1:49 pm

Sew what, we got the point & no one got needled !!

Reply to  Bryan A
October 15, 2022 6:29 pm

Something scrambled up top? Or room for dancing

Reply to  David Wojick
October 15, 2022 12:58 pm


Reply to  David Wojick
October 16, 2022 12:35 am

Above average occurs almost half the time. Average rainfall is rare.”


Reply to  atticman
October 15, 2022 1:31 pm

Toward normal [distribution].

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  atticman
October 16, 2022 4:12 am

The same is true for intelligence. But we can be sure that climate activists are found in the lower half.

Reply to  Steve Richards
October 15, 2022 11:11 am

Yer, they keep saying that, my grass is 2ft high and planting impossible it’s so wet.
We had almost 200% average rain in September, a lot of places were well above average.

Reply to  MrGrimNasty
October 15, 2022 6:56 pm

Now we have 50% of kids going to (dumbed down) universities in the UK, (thanks Tony Bliar), it is fair to point out that a considerable cohort of those university students are of below average intelligence.

And don’t even start me on their ‘academic’ tutors….

Reply to  Steve Richards
October 15, 2022 3:37 pm

Hasn’t griff been claiming that rainfall in the UK was up a whopping 6% over the last 20 years?

Reply to  MarkW
October 15, 2022 6:57 pm

I rest my case…

john harmsworth
Reply to  MarkW
October 17, 2022 11:57 am

Turned out he had his sprinklers on.

Reply to  Steve Richards
October 15, 2022 11:39 pm

In the UK we have just been informed that it will take 12 months of above average rainfall to top up our water supplies.

But,,but,,but,,The UK is 6% wetter

H/T Griff

john harmsworth
Reply to  Steve Richards
October 17, 2022 11:55 am

The simplistic mindset of the Alarmists’ equates warming with drying. There is no such fundamental association. Warmer air is capable of holding MORE moisture. How and when it releases that moisture is a function of temperature difference between the warm, moist air and and other air it runs into. This often occurs when the warmer art rises into cooer air with less total moisture content. When the warmer air cools its dew point, it will look for opportunities to condense and fall as rain, snow or hail. The dew point will be higher for warm wet air than it typically is for cooler, drier air.
“Climate” temperatures as a single factor will, have little effect on rainfall frequency, timing or amount. Just another stupid and unscientific blabber from what is really a religion, not a science at all.

Joe Wagner
October 15, 2022 6:09 am

The Washington ComPost’s masthead reads “Democracy dies in Darkness”….

Reply to  Joe Wagner
October 15, 2022 6:43 am

It seems the Post has changed that warning into its mission.

Jeroen B.
Reply to  Joe Wagner
October 15, 2022 6:51 am

More accurate would be “Democrats die in Darkness” because they’re outlawing all sources for light, food and energy because their religion demands it of them.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Joe Wagner
October 15, 2022 7:49 am

Washington ComPost-

“Musk appeasement of Putin and China stokes fears of new Twitter policies”

“First, given opposition to aiding Ukraine among some Republicans,
Musk’s Twitter takeover and the likely reinstatement there of
former president Donald Trump and some of his allies would spread
opposition further & divide the country, threatening Ukraine’s backup.”

The Gubmint, with the help of the MSM, are joining forces yet again to set
up Elon Musk to be “Russiagated”, as he’s obviously in the grips of Putin.
Same gameplan, different victim!

While I disagree with some of Elon’s opinions, having an open, uncensored
debate on Twitter is what democracy’s all about. Brandon & the rest of the
libs prefer censorship & will try to stop him from buying Twitter.

Question: Did Elon finally agree to buy out Twitter knowing full well that
the Gubmint would stop him so he wouldn’t be stuck with buying it anyway?


Reply to  Joe Wagner
October 15, 2022 3:40 pm

Funny how a company with that saying as it’s masthead, is so committed to shutting down any voices that disagree with them.

Reply to  MarkW
October 16, 2022 3:33 am

Democracy dies in darkness. With a pillow over its face. Until it stops breathing. Being pressed down by the Washington Post.

Reply to  MarkW
October 16, 2022 8:37 am

To be fair, they never claim they’re trying to prevent said death.

David Dibbell
October 15, 2022 6:18 am

This “warmer air’s ability to hold more water” chorus of unsound attribution is on constant replay. But it is also true that the atmosphere rejects water vapor at rates of energy transformation thousands of times more intense than the low-single-digit W/m^2 incremental static warming effect of GHGs. Rainfall at one inch per hour represents a 17,600 W/m^2 conversion of the latent heat of water vapor into motion, work, and heating of the atmosphere.

And there is a ready supply of very dry air at altitude and from the poles to displace the warmer, more humid air at the surface and closer to the equator.


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Right-Handed Shark
October 15, 2022 6:20 am

Not once do they mention that the rain is also 6% wetter these days (griff will be along shortly to confirm). And they call themselves “scientists”?

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 15, 2022 9:42 am


You nailed it, Shark!

After a month of what England would call a drought ( no rain for 3 or 4 days at a time), finally rained Thursday here in the Panhandle. The rain was definitely wetter than normal. Maybe the weather god was making up for lost time.

Gums sends…

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 15, 2022 10:41 am

No, griff has assured us that the whole world is experiencing drought with his ‘fact’ du jour.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 15, 2022 2:21 pm

But it’s 6% wetter drought.

October 15, 2022 6:26 am

Here’s the study

Now make it fit the narrative

Steve Case
October 15, 2022 6:27 am

“We might not know if there’s an overall increase or decrease. That’s one thing that we’re working on.”

They could just look at NOAA’s Climate at a Glance:

USA Precipitation NOAA CAG.png
Old Man Winter
Reply to  Steve Case
October 15, 2022 9:15 am

The term CAGW is used almost exclusively to imply GHG’s driving us
beyond “tipping points” & rarely is land use change even mentioned.
UHI can trigger thunderstorms with more/heavier rains as well as
contribute to erroneous warmer temperature readings, as Anthony has
shown with his research into poor weather station sites. So even if
there’s more rain & more warming, they may not be due to more GHGs
as is usually implied, but rather to land use change & poor data.



October 15, 2022 6:38 am

There has been no US warming for a very long time.


This falsifies any hypothesis that warming is changing the US weather.

John Garrett
Reply to  David Wojick
October 15, 2022 8:14 am


Steve Case
Reply to  David Wojick
October 15, 2022 10:01 am

Nice LINK but if I go to USCRN I haven’t a clue where to find that chart of USA-48 temperatures, or how to ask for the data to produce it in Excel. It’s a way too little or way too much information web page.

Reply to  Steve Case
October 15, 2022 1:49 pm

Roy Spencer may do that graph since he does the UAH one above it. Maybe on his site. I do not have his URLhandy.

October 15, 2022 6:45 am

UK emissions to go down….

“”Electric Mini production to move from Oxford to China”” – BBC


October 15, 2022 6:49 am

Should be “Democracy dies under a dark masthead”

Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 7:06 am

Americans have a real reason to worry this winter. Circulation in the polar vortex indicates an open path for Siberian air directly into Canada. This is dry air with a lot of ozone in the air column.
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John Hultquist
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 11:30 am

Not helpful. How about some context, interpretation, or links?

Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
October 19, 2022 9:25 am

What it all boils down to, for those who just born yesterday (or the day before) is that, in the WINTER TIME, (Northern hemisphere) things tend to get QUITE COLD! Conversely, in the Summer months (again Northern hemisphere) it tends to get quite HOT, some places more so than others! No amount of graph manipulations can obscure these facts!

Rud Istvan
October 15, 2022 7:10 am

WaPo, where democracy dies in darkness (masthead).
Where uncertainty becomes certain.
Where lies become true.
Where Biden becomes competent.
Where elections are not stolen.

October 15, 2022 7:15 am

I keep thinking I should have become a weatherperson. Much more lucrative, and you only have to be correct once in a while in forecasting the weather(I mean, climate. My bad.).
Silly climate cultists, can’t they see that most folks are not buying their snake oil side show any more? That is the reason they are pushing even harder to convince everyone its all real.

Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 7:16 am

In my opinion, the polar vortex anomalies ( related to the distribution of ozone in the stratosphere) can be linked to a weak solar cycle, which may be weaker than the previous cycle. 
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Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 10:48 am

The sun has an almost spotless record. 🙂 Let’s see what happens in a day or two.

John Hultquist
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 15, 2022 11:34 am

” spotless record.

record? Just a day or two or three. W week ago it was very busy.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  John Hultquist
October 16, 2022 9:23 pm

It was meant to be humor. Did you see the little ‘smiley?’

Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 2:43 pm

Maybe the sun has got his hat on

A cheery British Depression-busting song … useful as we enter the next one

October 15, 2022 7:36 am

Just more “cluck bait” ,the sky is falling, MSM biased reporting. And the Moving Mini production(partially) to China yet it doesn’t change Employment levels in UK /EU? They keep saying that in the article but never specifically explain how? It is just “ rebalancing” so they say.

Gunga Din
Reply to  John Oliver
October 15, 2022 8:58 am

I suppose the guy this winter pulling the cart saying, “Bring out your dead!”, will be considered to be a “Green” job.

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 15, 2022 7:01 pm

So will the composter of corpses, in California.

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 16, 2022 3:39 am
Ron Long
October 15, 2022 7:41 am

So that’s where the rain has gone! Sitting here in Argentina, in a prolonged drought, worrying about the trout and wine grapes, and the USA is getting more rain. Who’s in charge of all this, anyway? Maybe the United Nations?

Curious George
Reply to  Ron Long
October 15, 2022 9:33 am

Critically low water levels in Mississippi and Colorado rivers ..

John Hultquist
Reply to  Curious George
October 15, 2022 11:49 am

The Allegheny River (NY & PA), the Wabash (IN & Il), the Ohio River, Tennessee, and others are seasonal recipients of precipitation from the remnants of Atlantic storms (hurricanes). When such storms do not happen the flows in all the rivers fall.

The Colorado River issue is different.
Lake Mead Low Water Levels, Part 2: Colorado River Inflow Variations and Trend – Watts Up With That?

Reply to  Curious George
October 19, 2022 9:29 am

Last time I looked, the Mississippi river level seemed to be quite normal. Lots of rain north of St Louis.

Reply to  Ron Long
October 15, 2022 2:14 pm

Australia has had a good dose of rain over the last couple of years and Victoria is currently inundated:

As a muddy clean-up begins in parts of Melbourne and New South Wales, flooding continues to inundate communities in Victoria’s north where evacuation orders remain in place and residents in Tasmania’s north remain on alert.

On Saturday, thousands of people in parts of Shepparton and Echuca left their homes as some river levels rose higher than the January 2011 floods, sending torrents of water into townships, homes, and businesses.

Ireneusz Palmowski
Reply to  RickWill
October 15, 2022 3:35 pm

SOI high. It will continue to rain in eastern and northern Australia.

October 15, 2022 7:52 am

When the study says
“We cannot entirely rule out the possibility of a less than detectable increase in mortality”
The headline says,

John Garrett
October 15, 2022 8:23 am


Milloy has caught Cappucci and the WaPo in either a flat-out lie (at worst) or deliberate misrepresentation (at best).

MM from Canada
Reply to  John Garrett
October 15, 2022 9:15 am

What’s the difference between a flat-out lie and a deliberate misrepresentation? In mathematical terms, I’d say mighty small.

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Ron Long
Reply to  MM from Canada
October 15, 2022 10:11 am

Bad intentions vs good intentions. You’re welcome.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ron Long
October 15, 2022 6:33 pm

I see. You have good intentions if you deliberately misrepresent a factual matter.

Ron Long
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 16, 2022 3:14 am

Sorry, Dave, I left out the sarc tag.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ron Long
October 16, 2022 1:36 pm

I should have caught it by remembering your comment batting average.

Reply to  MM from Canada
October 15, 2022 3:52 pm

A standard philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a flat out lie or a deliberate misrepresentation is not reported by the media to be a flat out lie or a deliberate misrepresentation, the situation is indistinguishable from acceptance of it as truth.

Which is what the swamp wants, of course.

Milloy has caught Cappucci and the WaPo in a flat-out lie or deliberate misrepresentation, but the swamp doesn’t give a toss because they ensure that the public hears Cappucci but not Milloy. Did Milloy make a sound?

October 15, 2022 9:04 am

You gotta feel sorry for Capucci….put yourself in his shoes…young guy probably has car and condo payments to make,,,paid 50 cents a word for articles…deadline to come up with something every Thursday…sooner or later you’re going to run out of compelling articles that you believe in, and then you have to step over the line into the “para-truthful” to keep your click-count up…

Reply to  DMacKenzie
October 15, 2022 9:25 am

I don’t feel sorry for liars and deceivers that claim to be reporting the facts any more than I do for those that reveal information that provides comfort or advantage to an enemy.

Besides, if that kid really knew his stuff and wasn’t lazy he would have plenty of topics to report on. The scope of weather and climate topics are vast and amazing enough without fabricating BS.

MM from Canada
October 15, 2022 9:07 am

“The WaPo masthead reads “Democrats Dies in Darkness”…”

Freudian slip? Or intentionally misquoting? Either way, it’s amusing.

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Reply to  MM from Canada
October 15, 2022 3:54 pm

I think they are stating their objective. It’s like using George Orwell’s 1984 as an instruction manual.

Climate believer
October 15, 2022 9:12 am

When all you’ve got is a hammer…

In another life these shills would be in the NKVD.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Climate believer
October 15, 2022 10:03 am

NKVD stands for ?

Climate believer
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 15, 2022 11:11 am

Naródnyy komissariát vnútrennikh dyél.

The People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, Russian Socialist state police, the guys that ran the Gulags.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Climate believer
October 15, 2022 12:03 pm


Reply to  Climate believer
October 15, 2022 5:31 pm

I heard they were all women named Karen, though I might have misheard.

Frank S.
October 15, 2022 9:22 am

All these megawatts of computer-crunching and reams of data dumps by the climate alarmists can’t be doing the environment much good.

Andy Pattullo
October 15, 2022 9:26 am

Almost half of all rainfall is above average. The rest isn’t worth mentioning…. unless we are talking about how CO2 causes increasing drought.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
October 15, 2022 11:04 am

Except in Lake Wobegone, where all the rainfall is above average.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 15, 2022 6:35 pm

But the men are good looking!

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Dave Fair
October 16, 2022 9:25 pm

It reminds me of what the say about Humboldt State: “All the men are men, so are the women, and the sheep run and hide.”

Dave Fair
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 17, 2022 8:04 am

“…………. Oh, no you can’t! That’s Sarge’s girl.”

Janice Moore
October 15, 2022 10:01 am

The authors compared rainfall over two periods — 1951 to 1980 and 1991 to 2020 — to see how patterns evolved.

Without a very good explanation and justification for using just those two exact periods’ data to compare, this paper is junk.

(Note: I haven’t seen the entire paper).

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 15, 2022 12:02 pm

Say, whoever minused my comment, it would sure be helpful to provide an explanation for why you disagreed with what seems so obvious.

Why the minus 1?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 16, 2022 9:27 pm

Sometimes we make ‘friends’ here and they like to remind us that they are thinking of us.

Personally, I’d prefer to see both up and down votes, not just the sum.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 16, 2022 9:33 pm


Yes, the data (versus the sum) would be best.

October 15, 2022 10:53 am

Is there an ombudsman? I would think that the authors would be pissed!

October 15, 2022 12:54 pm

Since when did little kids get to tell adults about their weather opinions. They haven’t even been around long enough to experience enough weather phenomena to have a valid opinion.

October 15, 2022 1:01 pm

It is people like Mathew Cappucci that I no longer trust the mainstream media.

October 15, 2022 1:29 pm

The end is Nye. Deja vu.

Ireneusz Palmowski
October 15, 2022 3:31 pm

The expansion of Arctic air over the Great Lakes will continue. Snow will fall in the Appalachians.
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October 15, 2022 3:36 pm

A couple of days ago, Joy Behar of the comedy show “The View”, urged reporters to do whatever it takes to raise doubts in the minds of Republican voters.

Silly me, I thought the job of reporters was to report the news. It wasn’t their job to help shape the narrative.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  MarkW
October 16, 2022 9:29 pm

It is a reflection of the sad state of what used to be known as journalism.

October 15, 2022 4:56 pm

It seems to me that if one is going to blame recent rainfall increases on warmer temperatures, one would have to show data that recent temperatures would also have increased. Given the recent pause in temperature increases, that would be quite a feat.

Geoff Sherrington
October 15, 2022 5:35 pm

Rainfall is NOT increasing everywhere, although the official, (human-fiddled) global picture claims it is increasing.

Here is 160 years of rainfall data from my home city in Melbourne Australia.

My guess is that about half the cities in the world have decreasing rainfall, half increasing rainfall. What mechanism, like alleged CO2 global warming, allows such long term and obvious exceptions as Melbourne? Where in my graph is there a change in trend that folks could say is caused by CO2? I cannot see one. Geoff S

October 15, 2022 9:48 pm

CSIRO abruptly scraps globally recognised climate forecast program (msn.com)
Couldn’t monetise the fairy dust so finally called time on it much to the vapours and palpitations of the usual suspects. Well done for a modicum of rationality and integrity and swimming against the taxeater tide.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  observa
October 15, 2022 10:49 pm

That was fast. Only a couple of days ago WUWT published our article about fiddled Australian temperature data. Today WUWT tells us a big CSIRO climate program is scrapped.
Must write another article for WUWT.. Shazam!! Geoff S

Ed Zuiderwijk
October 16, 2022 4:09 am

That must be why the Mississippi is running dry.

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