CNN Lies About Oklahoma Easily Exposed
By Paul Homewood http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/03/opinions/sutter-climate-skeptics-woodward-oklahoma/ As I mentioned a few days ago, some CNN hack has been trying to expose wicked climate deniers in Oklahoma. He tries to do so by relating global warming to weather conditions there, such as heatwaves and droughts: Intense drought hit Oklahoma again in the 2010s, this time breaking records. In 2011, the state experienced “the hottest summer of any state since records began in 1895,” according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and Woodward saw 61 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit). The drought dried up streams, turned the short-grass prairie into straw and then helped it to light ablaze. It’s impossible to say climate change caused these or any other particular weather events, but it is making these sorts of extremes more likely. Climate scientists expect droughts, heat waves and extreme rain events only to get worse out here. The Southern Plains averages seven days per year above 100 degrees Fahrenheit — but that number is expected to quadruple by 2050, according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment. So naturally I could not resist introducing a few facts of my own! First off, let’s look at daily record high temperatures at Ada, Oklahoma. http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?_PROGRAM=prog.select_d9k.sas&_SERVICE=default&id=340017 We can see that the 1930’s and 1950’s saw vastly more records than anything in recent decades, both in summer and also other seasons. Remember that these numbers include ties, so statistically there should be as many now as a century ago. What about the hottest days? Woodward County sits in the NW part of the state, close the city of Enid, one of the longest running USHCN sites in the state. One of the charts which USHCN provide shows the whisker plot of daily maximum temperatures there. http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?_PROGRAM=prog.climsite_daily.sas&_SERVICE=default&id=342912&_DEBUG=0 Clearly, nothing in recent years, even in 2011, has matched the intensity of the heat in either the 1930’s or 50’s, or for that matter the early 20thC. USHCN statistics show that in Enid days over 100F are quite common, on average there are 15 each year. When we look at the distribution of really hot days, however, the idea that climate change is burning up Oklahoma is shown to be typical warmist bilge. ( One wonders whether our friend Katharine Hayhoe inspired this?) http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?_PROGRAM=prog.climsite_daily.sas&_SERVICE=default&id=342912&_DEBUG=0 But what about droughts, I hear you ask! http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/ In true Hayhoe fashion, you could argue that droughts have got worse since the 1980’s. But a proper scientist would look at the entire record and acknowledge that long term trends are actually seeing a reduction in drought. Again, we see that earlier, and regular, droughts in the 1910’s, 30’s and 50’s were far more severe than anything seen recently. And extreme rain events? By now, I suspect you will know which way this one is going! http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?id=342912&_PROGRAM=prog.gplot_boxtclim_yr2014.sas&_SERVICE=default¶m=PRCP&pyear=year_prcp&xyear=year_prcp&minyear=1895-96&maxyear=2013-14 Enid broke all of its rainfall records on Oct 12th, 1973, but again we see that most of the other extreme rainfall days occurred in much earlier decades. http://www.enidbuzz.com/enid-flood-1973/ Someone is obviously feeding Sutter with this garbage, and it is a good guess that the guilty party is Hayhoe, as she is the only “scientist” named in the article. This certainly has her modus operandi all over it. Evidently the good people of Oklahoma understand their history well enough to know when they are being lied to.
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