Anthony Watts almost never reports extreme weather consistent with climate change, unless it's heavy snow (or hail that Anthony mistook for snow!).
Anthony claims he used to be a meteorologist. He used to tell weather forecasts on television and still does give weather reports on his local radio station AFAIK. Which makes it all the more strange that he rarely reports on extreme weather. So far his almost total lack of reporting on the drought and record temperatures in his home state of California is a wonder.
Record-breaking rains and massive flooding across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana
Here's the latest that you haven't seen at WUWT. It's the wild weather and record-breaking rains in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
I started writing this a day or so ago and let it rest for a while. I figured maybe Anthony Watts, ex-meteorologist from the USA, would write something after he'd collected enough you-tube videos and photographs and confirmed all the broken records. There's still no sign of him being aware of the grave situation not far to the east of him.
The Texas drought has finally broken - with a vengeance. Some call it weather whiplash. From extreme dry to extreme rain - with more than 90% of Texas having been declared at risk of flash flooding.
The Blanco River near San Marcos didn't just break the previous flood record, it smashed it:
324AM: Blanco River near San Marcos has risen 9 feet in 15 minutes - 14 feet in 30 minutes. Now at 28.5 feet and rapidly rising. #ctxwx— Texas Storm Chasers (@TxStormChasers) May 24, 2015
Blanco River near Kyle, TX, rose 28.23 feet in 90 mins. pic.twitter.com/MivhLz7yOd— AccuWeather.com (@breakingweather) May 24, 2015
San Marcos emergency management coordinator Ken Bell reported:
At its fastest, the river was flowing at 223,000 cubic feet per second, more than double streamflows in the 1929 floods, Bell said.
Towns were under water, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and cars and even entire bridges have been washed away:
Drone Video: Flood waters wash out bridge in Hays County http://t.co/XIKBezYZip #KSATnews pic.twitter.com/bwuUf7x4Cd— KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) May 24, 2015
This flood event is remarkable for being so widespread, for the intensity of the rain and for its persistence.
Here are some sites where you can read more about it:
- Weather.com - LIVE UPDATES: Tornado Watches Issued; Major Flood Wave Rolls Downstream in Texas
- CNN - Texas and Oklahoma: 3 dead after record rains unleash dangerous flooding - (with video)
- NBC - Three Killed in Oklahoma, Texas Floods; More Bad Weather on the Way
- Wunderground.com - LIVE UPDATES: Tornado Watches Issued; Major Flood Wave Rolls Down
- Wunderground.com - Flooding Could Last for Weeks as More Heavy Rain Targets Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas Through Memorial Day Weekend
Killer heat wave in India
Meanwhile, in India people are dying from heat:
This is no joke: "Over 500 dead across #India as heat wave sets in, Khammam sizzles at 118°F / 48°C" #climate http://t.co/U3lkhyLtXi— JPascal van Ypersele (@JPvanYpersele) May 24, 2015
From the Hindustan Times:
Humans “boil in their own skin” at 48 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature recorded at Khammam in Telangana which has become the focal point of a blistering heat wave sweeping through swathes of India on Sunday, killing nearly 500 people.
Allahabad was the second hottest at 47.7°C, six degrees above normal; Nandigama in Andhra Pradesh was a notch under as it sizzled at 47°C while Odisha’s Angul district tipped the scales at 46.7°C.
In comparison, the national capital felt cooler at 43.5°C on Sunday.
The Centre for Holistic Development, an NGO in Delhi, said the searing heat had claimed the lives of 186 people till Saturday, 80% of them homeless. Authorities in the Capital haven’t released any official death figure, though.
Deniers deny extreme weather with global warming
Anthony Watts often denies that global warming makes extremes more extreme. I guess that's why he can't bring himself to report on extreme weather. It would spoil his denial. Ironically, Anthony's two most recent articles are both whines about the fact that nobody believes deniers.
Is it poor taste or a disregard of the homeless in developing nations? On the same day as the killer heat wave in India, Anthony Watts posts another article (just now) about how cold kills more people. So if you do die from a killer heat wave, be comforted by the fact that more people will die more slowly when the weather is cold. Still no sign of any WUWT article about the US floods or the heat wave hitting India.