Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

An Agenda Objectivity Swarm

One guy -- Greg Holland, head of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research -- tells a scientific conference that 2005's hurricanes are the result of greenhouse gas and global warming.

Another guy -- William Gray, head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State, who's got more than 40 years experience in the field -- tells the same conference that's a bunch of hooey, and it's just salinity build-up due to natural ocean temperature heating and cooling cycles.

Enter CNN. Here's what you get:

Experts: Global warming behind 2005 hurricanes
MONTEREY, California (Reuters) -- The record Atlantic hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming, several top experts, including a leading U.S. government storm researcher, said on Monday.

"The hurricanes we are seeing are indeed a direct result of climate change and it's no longer something we'll see in the future, it's happening now," said Greg Holland, a division director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Holland told a packed hall at the American Meteorological Society's 27th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology that the wind and warmer water conditions that fuel storms that form in the Caribbean are "increasingly due to greenhouse gases. There seems to be no other conclusion you can logically draw."
Meanwhile, Dr. Gray's down there in paragraph seven, not reflected in either the headline or the lead.

Which confirms once again that the most dangerous source of global warming is hot air from the media.

CNN's little on-line poll shows it's effective -- 66% feel global warming caused the severe hurricanes.

Meanwhile, here's Gray's evaluation of his 1995 hurricane season prediction:
By the start of the hurricane season (June 1), we were predicting a very active season. However, we did not anticipate that this season would break many Atlantic basin records.

Our monthly forecasts for August-only and September-only activity were quite successful, especially when evaluated against the Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity metric. The October-only forecast also successfully called for a very active month; however, we did not anticipate that this would be one of the most active Octobers on record. Overall, we consider our seasonal and monthly forecasts for the 2005 hurricane season to be one of the most skillful that we have issued.
Seems like a pretty credible guy, huh? But don't let that get in the way of CNN's agenda objectivity.

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