Say a prayer everyone in south Texas. This is an overpass of Interstate 35 in New Braunfels. #TexasFlood https://t.co/QL6AaXpyQF
— Fort Worth Police OA (@FWPOA) October 31, 2015
This past month (and year) has highlighted the irrelevance of science denying blogs like WUWT. Just this past week, the following have and still are being reported in the media:
- Hurricane Patricia - the most intense cyclone ever recorded in the western hemisphere
- Record almost unbelievable rainfall pelting down on Texas causing record flood levels in places, deaths, and sending someone 20 feet up a "nice little tree"
- A rare Category 4 Cyclone Chapala in the Arabian Sea
- The hottest October day ever recorded anywhere at 48.4 °C, , in South Africa
- A record hottest October in Australia
- A rare heavy hailstorm in Chinchilla, Queensland
- Record rain reaching as far as London, Ontario in the wake of Hurricane Patricia. [Note: the rain was heavy, but turns out it wasn't a record for October, let alone for the year, as Cam explained in the comments - Sou 2 November 2015]
This is the same month that saw:
- The most cyclones above Cat 3 ever recorded in the northern hemisphere in a year
- The hottest temperature in Indonesia in 2006 was equaled
- The most southerly major hurricane ever observed in the Eastern Pacific, Olaf
- Typhoon Koppu causing massive flooding and at least 41 deaths in the Philippines
- Hurricane Joaquin, which emerged in late September, fueled by very hot seas
- Record heat across southern California and up in Newfoundland
- Catastrophic 1,000 year flooding in South Carolina - have these records already been broken in Texas?
- Huge flash floods in the Riviera, claiming 20 lives
And that was just a sample from this October. September has more than its share of extreme weather, too, in this soon-to-be record-breaking hottest year on record.
No weather discussion from the two-bit ex-weather announcer
Yet at WUWT there's no mention of any of the above except for Joaquin. The only time WUWT discussed extreme weather events was:
- an article by Bob Tisdale trying to claim that it wasn't hot seas that fueled Joaquin, based on flawed analysis, and
- an article by Anthony Watts gloating over the fact that no Cat 3 or higher hurricanes had made landfall in the USA in the past ten years. What he meant was that no Cat 3 or higher hurricane had made landfall while still a Cat 3 or higher. He wrote this while Hurricane Patricia was hitting Mexico, and before the rain it brought hit Texas.
Instead of mentioning all the weird and extreme weather, WUWT is having a love fest group hug with Vladimir Putin (Tim Ball has since joined in), because they think he will stymie the agreement in Paris next month. Wishful thinking I'd say. Not sure how Smokey is dealing with their new-found friend. Remember how he claimed that Pope Francis was a KGB sleeper agent and not to be trusted? I guess you can only trust the KGB when you think they are on your side.
Anthony Watts snarls at the hand that feeds him
In his usual defamatory fashion, instead of discussing weather or climate Anthony Watts is slinging mud at the agency that gives him freebie weather data to sell. Nothing to it of course. It's all a fabrication of Anthony Watts. He's being helped along by vexatious harassment of scientists by an anti-science chair of a House Committee on science, US Congressman Lamar Smith.
The moral is, if you want any information on extreme weather, avoid denier blogs. They refuse to discuss it because it contradicts their mantra: "climate science is a hoax".