The weather is not being kind to deniers. Just this week there have been record-breaking rains in the USA, where eleven people have reportedly lost their lives. And in Europe, where seventeen people are reported to have been killed. Not just record-breaking, but record-smashing rains. And in the past month there was also the incredible record rain in Japan. And the numerous records being set for tropical cyclones and hurricanes. It's as if the earth is getting sick of us ignoring the signs and has stepped up the pace of climate change.
All this while last year and this year are the two hottest years on record so far. Put all that together with the UN meeting in Paris and you can understand why deniers are losing it.
Anthony Watts has realised that he cannot ignore the rain in the USA, but he's claiming it's just weather (archived here). Which is very inconsistent of him, because he has a record of lying to his readers that extreme events aren't getting more extreme as global warming kicks in. He's also telling lies about the extremely hot waters that the winds blew over, which is part of the reason for the record-smashing rain events. Anthony's telling quite blatant lies now. He seems to not care that he has not a shred of credibility left. (You'll recall that just a few days ago he was also telling his readers that the greenhouse effect isn't real.)
Where does Anthony Watts think the water came from? Outer space?
The weird thing about all this is that Anthony is telling fibs and claiming that seas aren't any warmer. So how does he explain the hot seas fuelling the hurricane and rain event? One of the main reasons the weather has been so extreme is because it's been fueled by extremely hot seas, with some parts being the hottest on record.
He's also arguing that there isn't extra water in the atmosphere. So tell me, where does he think all that rain came from? Outer space? Anthony put up a chart from Figure 4 c of a 2012 paper but neglected to mention that the authors stated: "The results of Figs. 1 and 4 have not been subjected to detailed global or regional trend analyses, which will be a topic for a forthcoming paper. Such analyses must account for the changes in satellite sampling discussed in the supplement. Therefore, at this time, we can neither prove nor disprove a robust trend in the global water vapor data."
I'm a bit pressed for time. So I'll just let you know that where I live there are also records being smashed. We've suddenly gone from winter to summer. It's the hottest on record for this time of the year. 35C plus and it's still early springtime. Because of the unseasonally hot weather and the northerly winds, the fires have started up early and with a vengeance.
Anthony Watts - the AGU15 Poster Boy!
One more thing. I don't know why, but Anthony announced on Twitter that he's "presenting" at AGU15. I expect he means that he's doing a poster session there in a few weeks time. I came across his topic when looking for something else. The topic is, of course, US temperature records.
Comparison of Temperature Trends Using an Unperturbed Subset of The U.S. Historical Climatology Network (76932)
Anthony W. Watts, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
I don't expect he'll get much out of the experience, other than the opportunity to cadge some more funds from his readers, and whine that no-one took any notice of his poster - or that he heard the imagined sounds of smirking.
Must go. Normal service will be restored shortly.