The absurd Ben Rich presents the latest BBC “Climate” Check. (He really means weather):

He begins with a quick run down of “extreme” weather events, supposedly linked to global warming:

  • A warm March day at Kew, which was 2 degrees cooler than one in 1968
  • Early cherry blossom, the result of urban warming
  • Yellow dust in China (no, me neither!)
  • Floods in East Timor, which obviously never happened before.

But then he moves on to a grossly dishonest section about tornadoes, going into great detail to describe some violent twisters in Alabama. He does issue a mealy mouthed statement that climate scientists don’t know if there is any connection between global warming and tornadoes – but if that is the case, why even include tornadoes in a “Climate Check”. The obvious intention is to link the two in viewers minds.

In fact the number of tornadoes in the US this year is running well below average, and the worst decade for tornadoes by far was the 1970s, when the global climate was cooling. Something Mr Rich might have mentioned.

The Alabama tornado he mentions was only an EF-3 (maximum is EF-5). Typically there are about 40 EF-3s and stronger each year, with the majority hitting during spring. In short, there is nothing remotely unusual about either the Alabama tornado or the tornado season so far.


May 8, 2021 By Paul Homewood