By The Hill•
Most Americans were disappointed when opportunists played politics with hurricane-caused tragedies in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, even more serious-minded players seem willing to politicize the weather to advance their pet political projects.
A recent op-ed by Andrew Wilford, “Recent hurricanes remind us why we should scrap out-of-date shipping rule,” gets basic facts and analysis dead wrong.
The article labels the Jones Act “archaic” because it’s a “100-year old law.” For the record, the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech is more than 225 years old. Some “old” things are actually time-tested and stick around because they work. Continue reading
by Douglas MacKinnon • Investor’s Business Daily
As I write this, I am on the southwest coast of Florida and the bands of Hurricane Irma are intensifying.
In my estimation, a perfect time to stress that Rush Limbaugh was well within his rights to question the motivations of some in the media and the various weather services with regard to Irma and Hurricane “forecasts,” and Hurricane “hype.”
In the past, I have equated weather “forecasters” to political pundits and economists. They all factor a great deal of guesswork into their predictions with the weather forecasters often coming up a poor third in terms of accuracy. Continue reading
NOAA of course won’t talk about this, and will massively tamper with the data before releasing it.
The graph below is the monthly average of all daily high and low temperatures at all NOAA USHCN stations. Continue reading
‘Whether you’re talking about tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat or hurricanes, the good news is that weather-related disasters in the US are all way down this year compared to recent years and, in some cases, down to historically low levels.’
Tornadoes: ‘lowest total in several decades’
Number of wildfires: ‘On pace to be the lowest it has been in the past ten years’
Extreme Heat: The number of 100 degree days may ‘turn out to be the lowest in about 100 years of records’
Hurricanes: ‘We are currently in the longest period (8 years) since the Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the US (i.e., category 3, 4 or 5)’ ( last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma in 2005) Continue reading