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Somewhere along the line, it became fashionable to attribute weather you don’t like to Climate Change. The regretful weather could be heat (of course), but also cold. It could be too much rain, or not enough rain. Too much wind, or not enough wind. Hurricanes are popular. Last year, my Governor, Gavin Newsom explained the state’s wildfires by tweeting “Climate. Change. Is. Real.”. (I think the excessive and ungrammatical use of periods is how a 3rd grader emphasizes things these days.) NPR and the local anchor babes seem unable to report on anything unpleasant without solemnly invoking Climate Change. It has become a sign-off, like “Life is Good” on an email. It’s really starting to bug me!
But back to Extreme Weather Events: there is such a thing, and they do happen, and I was informed that 97% of scientists say they are increasing because of climate change, or so I was informed by a progressive lawyer friend of mine. “Science!” always talks in numbers. Things are measured or counted, models are made, which always produce likelihoods, ranges… in other words, numbers. It seems to me that even if you are a scientist and you claim something is getting “worse” without any numbers or even any mechanism, you are just bluffing.
So my question to you all is: Have you seen any predictive models relating to extreme weather events? Are there more or less of them happening than were actually forecast? What are the forecasts going forward? Saying “worse” without numbers means there are no numbers, am I right? Saying “worse” without an explanatory mechanism means there is no explanatory mechanism. Maybe I just missed the models and forecasts concerning Extreme Weather. I have not actually read the latest IPCC Report. This is a sincere question.
In the meantime, I’m attributing any perfect day to Climate Change. Sunday was one in Northern California and Southern Oregon, where I was. First rain, beautiful skies, wet earth, and rich smells.Published in