Weathermen Cool to Global Warming: Forecast Continued Storms for Global Warming Research?

April 13th, 2010

Increasingly, the televison weather person is a bona fide Meteorologist. According to the College Board, the largest employer of meteorologists is the National Weather Service. They inform potential meteorologists that those in this profession conduct research, study the atmosphere, climatic changes and/or enviromental problems”.

Those who don’t forecast the weather, “conduct research, study the atmosphere, climatic changes, or environmental problems”. Some of them end up making a fair amount of coin standing in front of blue screens, and apparently giant weather maps giving us the 10 day forecast. Meteorogists are “scientists”, College Board tells us.

So how come these climate change scientist’s brethern of all people are so skeptical of global climate change or manmade global warming. As reported by Elizabeth Kolbert in an April 13, 2010 article in the New Yorker;

A survey released by researchers at George Mason University found that more than a quarter of television weathercasters agree with the statement “Global warming is a scam,” and nearly two-thirds believe that, if warming is occurring, it is caused “mostly by natural changes.”

A Gallup Poll indicates that about half the general public believes that the global warming threat has been greatly exaggerated according to Kolbert, a climate change “believer”. Maybe half the population remembers the widespread fear (of scientists) and dire consequences predicted of global cooling in the 1960’s and 1970’s (a new ice age; ahhhh!)

571 weatherman were polled by the George Mason pollsters (about half actual meteorologists). Why are weathermen/meteorologists as a group so skeptical of climate change science? Maybe they understand that the science has its limitations. They know that they get mail when they predict rain and it remains dry or if they predict sunny weather and it rains. They know how hard it is to always be right when delivering a 10 day forecast.

It’s gotten very bad for climate change scientists like Phil Jones, Director of the Climate Research Unit at a prominent English University, who was at the center of the “scandal” that ensued after thousands of emails were linked indicating that climate scientists in some cases were altering data, or deliberately skewing data, ignoring “bad” data and not playing fair with scientists holding opposing or divergent views.

The whole man made climate change enterprise appears to be on the brink of collapse along with Phil Jonesas described in this full length article in Spiegel Magazine.

Spiegel Magazine Article.

SOURCE:  Science,


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