NOAA’s El Niño update (myth-busting the news headlines)

Summary: One of the mysteries of the public climate change debate (now encompassing extreme weather) is the reliance of journalists and interested people on fringe sources when NOAA and the other climate agencies produce clear and timely articles. Such as NOAA's about this El Niño, including this new one that tells us about this important … Continue reading NOAA’s El Niño update (myth-busting the news headlines)

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How much damage has this El Niño done?

Summary: Now that the El Niño appears to have peaked, journalists tell us how horrific the damage is so far (most of the effects on America lie ahead). Let's see what they say -- and what NOAA says. Spoiler: don't believe the clickbait. NOAA, conservative and accurate as usual, says in their Jan 14 El … Continue reading How much damage has this El Niño done?

NOAA’s winter update: about the weird warmth and this El Niño

Summary: While journalists too often turn reporting about the weather into clickbait and climate porn the IPCC and major climate agencies produce clear and accurate articles. Why we choose to be poorly informed despite access to the information superhighway is a mystery for future historians to solve. For those that prefer the red pill, here … Continue reading NOAA’s winter update: about the weird warmth and this El Niño

NOAA debunks the hysteria about this El Niño. Why don’t we listen?

Summary: The coverage of this El Niño shows the fear and propaganda (used as clickbait by journalists) that clouds American's vision of the world, keeping us ignorant. It also shows how the antidote lies within our reach. For the El Niño that means reading the NOAA's well-written reports that accurately predicted this would be among the … Continue reading NOAA debunks the hysteria about this El Niño. Why don’t we listen?

This El Niño is not Godzilla. What can we learn from the 2 years of hype?

Summary: After two years of hype (often hysterical), this El Niño might peak in December and then rapidly decline. No "super monster" or "Godzilla" El Niño; just severe weather (we won't know how severe until it ends). With the UN Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) still running in Paris, it's time to start thinking about … Continue reading This El Niño is not Godzilla. What can we learn from the 2 years of hype?

Update on El Niño: will Gaia disappoint the climate activists?

Summary: Climate alarmists have run wild with predictions about the "monster" "Godzilla" El Niño, their last throw of the dice before the COP-21 climate conference in Paris. Here is an example by Brad Plummer, with some debunking. The latest forecasts of the major climate models suggest that it will disappoint activists (but match NOAA's more … Continue reading Update on El Niño: will Gaia disappoint the climate activists?

El Niño, The Media Star: Separating Hype from Probability

Summary: Unscrupulous activists and publishers desperate for clicks prey our fearfulness, giving America hysteria about the normal events of life. Last year was Ebola and the "super monster" El Nino (both duds). This year we have the "Godzilla El Nino" (unprecedented since 1950, excerpt for 1982-83 and 1978-79). There are sources of reliable information. Previous … Continue reading El Niño, The Media Star: Separating Hype from Probability