The “official” Atlantic Basin hurricane season has just begun and it may be more active than recent years and also compared to normal (tropical outlook), but so far the tornado season in the US has been below-normal which continues a trend over the past several years. Through the end of May, the preliminary number of tornadoes reported across the US is 605 and this compares to the 10-year normal of 788. This below-normal reading at the end of May comes despite a quick start to above-normal levels early in the year following a somewhat unusual large outbreak of tornadoes during the month of February. Fortunately, it has not been since 2011 in which the US actually had an above-normal number of tornadoes at this time of year.
Some reasons for the below-normal activity
In a typical tornado season, favorable conditions for widespread outbreaks in the central Plains and Midwest generally include colder-than-normal conditions to the north and west (i.e., across the Rockies, Pacific Northwest) and hot, humid conditions to the south and east (i.e., in the Deep South). However, during the months of March, April and May of this year, this type of “favorable” temperature pattern for tornadoes was simply not too prevalent. In fact, the composite map for April temperature anomalies (bottom, left) across the US showswarmer-than-normal conditions across the Northern Rockies/Pacific Northwest and generally near normal temperatures in the Deep South. In addition, the precipitation anomalies map for April (below, right) shows that the Deep South and central Plains were wetter-than-normal and this actually helped to keep temperatures down somewhat compared to what could have occurred if soil moisture was low.
Watch: Morano on Fox News in heated climate debate over schools banning books doubting ‘global warming’
Fox News Channel – ‘Your World w/ Neil Cavuto’ – Monday May 30, 2016 – Selected excerpts
Marc Morano: “Having just made a movie called ‘Climate Hustle’ featuring former UN scientists who turned against the UN, a Nobel Prize Winning scientist, Ivy League scientists who all come out and say they just have it flat wrong. We have a lot of fun showing the 1970s consensus about man-made global cooling and the coming Ice Age and how even NASA and the CIA got involved in promoting the cooling scare.”
“The idea that kids can’t be told — and by the way, this is worse that they can’t hear anything skeptical, the kids can’t even hear any doubts about the alleged severity of man-made global warming. The kids will be hearing about climate refugees and climate justice.”
Warmist Taryn Rosenkranz Democrat Strategist: “When it comes down to it, much like smoking causes cancer, we know carbon emissions causes climate change. We need to make sure that our students know the facts about what they can do to help.”
Morano: “Carbon dioxide is a trace gas that is essential for life on Earth and you are demonizing it as tobacco, as some kind of cancer causing gas– it’s absurd. The idea that these kids cannot be told that there is an alternative perspective, that the 97% claim of ‘consensus’ is pure myth and fabrication. The 97% claim was ‘pulled out of thin air’ according to even UN scientists. This comes down to conformity must be enforced in the name of diversity. In the name of diversity, you MUST CONFORM! That is what they are doing here, they cannot allow dissent and its very sad for kids.”
Portland school board bans ‘climate change-denying materials’ – “It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis.” Bigelow is also the co-author of a textbook on environmental education, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth. Asked if this resolution will cause the district to buy new textbooks, such as his book, Bigelow said ReThinking Schools is a nonprofit, not a money-maker.
Actual Portland resolution: – “Citizens of the world.” – “Climate change is already having an enormous negative impact on nature and people around the world—which will only become worse—including present …
A scientific study published Monday found that Antarctica is defying global warming, so The Daily Caller News Foundation sat down with Chip Knappenberger, a climate scientist at the libertarian Cato Institute, to examine the research’s impact.
The research, published by scientists from the University of Washington, concluded that the extremely cold water around the southern continent explains why sea ice in Antarctica is expanding while Arctic sea ice is shrinking.
The new research demonstrates that previous green claims that the deep ocean is artificially making the planet cooler by sequestering heat were incorrect and could mean that global warming would cause less sea level rise than originally believed.
By Maxim Lott
June 01, 2016
Newly released internal e-mails show George Mason University climate professors plotting a petition calling on government to prosecute skeptics of global warming using RICO laws designed to go after the mob. They got 20 scientists to sign their petition and sent it to government officials before withdrawing in the face of controversy.
The new emails show GMU professors Jagadish Shukla and Edward Maibach discussing everything from how to craft their petition to appeal to conservatives, to getting warnings from others that the petition would go over poorly, to evading media questions.
In the emails, the professors decided to ignore questions from FoxNews.com about why the lead petition author, Jagadish Shukla, used government grants to give himself and his family some $500,000 in salary and benefits in 2014 — which FoxNews.com reported in October. The professors decided to reach out to the Washington Post instead.
“They were running a well-used page in their playbook … get the legacy media to play defense for them,” Chris Horner, who forced the public release of the emails by filing a “Freedom of Information Act” request, told FoxNews.com.
The Freedom of Information Act allows citizens to demand to see the official correspondence of government employees (George Mason University is public.) Horner works at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a think tank that is skeptical that global warming is a serious problem.
Horner says he feel vindicated by the release of the emails, because George Mason University officials initially told him that there were “no records” of the professors discussing RICO prosecution in their official capacity.
But Horner and CEI proved that there were such emails by first obtaining some emails from professors at other universities who had corresponded on the subject with the George Mason University professors (who used their work emails.)
Armed with that proof, Horner and CEI sued George Mason University to release the emails, and a Judge’s ruling on May 13th made it happen.
The emails show GMU professors Shukla and Maibach planning to make a media splash.
“If we can find one co-signer in every one of the nation’s 435 Congressional districts, we will end up sending the letter to every member of Congress — which would be spectacular. The letter will get lots of media attention,” Professor Maibach wrote Shukla while planning the letter.
Shukla had first suggested the letter, saying …