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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 1, 2011 / 28 Iyar, 5771

Skeptics have the facts about tornadoes and global warming

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri May 22 was the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There were 875 tornadoes in April, a record for that month, NOAA said.

The most tornadoes ever in a year was 1,817 in 2004. There've been more than 1,200 tornadoes through May, so that record could fall this year. The yearly average for the last decade has been 1,274.

The upsurge may be due to global warming, speculated the usual suspects in the news media, among them NBC anchor Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer of ABC, Newsweek and USA Today.

More tornadoes signal global cooling, Newsweek had said in April of 1975. Newsweek was more nearly right then.

Tornadoes are caused when a warm air mass collides with a cold air mass, generating a strong wind shear (wind speed and direction changing rapidly with height in the lower atmosphere).

The fact that tornadoes are virtually unheard of in the tropics suggests there is little correlation between them and warmth alone. There also are few tornadoes in Canada, which suggests there is little correlation between tornadoes and cold alone. It is the contrast in temperatures that generates tornadoes and most other violent weather events.

As the earth warms, tornadoes should become less frequent, because warming occurs first and most significantly in the polar regions. This means there is less of a difference in temperature from air masses coming down from the north and moving up from the south.

NOAA's data indicate there were many more severe tornadoes in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when it was cooler, than in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, when it's been warmer.

"Active tornado seasons in the U.S. are almost always due to unusually cool air persisting over the Midwest and Ohio Valley longer than it normally does as we transition into Spring," said Dr. Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama- Huntsville and a former top scientist for NASA.

Air temperatures in the Midwest have been about 10 to 20 degrees cooler this Spring than normal, Dr. Spencer said. Temperatures in May were below normal in 72 percent of the U.S., according to the High Plains Regional Climate Center.

It's "despicable" to assert a connection between tornadoes and global warming, said Joe Bastardi, until February the chief long range forecaster at AccuWeather. So why do journalists such as Mr. Williams and Ms. Sawyer do just that?

Science is based on empirical evidence and a constant testing of hypotheses. But the theory of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) is to climate science what astrology is to astronomy. It's a belief system, like that in a cult, which recognizes no contradictions. AGW is said to responsible for both hot weather and cold, for more snowfall and less, for floods as well as droughts.

Its apostles link every violent weather event to global warming. We've seen how untrue this is with regard to tornadoes. It's untrue for hurricanes, too. As of this writing, it's been 987 days since a hurricane struck the United States, the longest hurricane-free spell since before the Civil War.

The most accurate measure of global temperatures (and the hardest to manipulate) comes from satellites. The warmest year on record (since satellites began measuring global temperatures in 1979) is 1998, now more than a dozen years ago. In the last 12 months, global temperatures declined by a full degree Fahrenheit, a big shift in a single year.

Facts like these cause people who pay attention to facts to doubt humans affect climate more than does nature. But true believers in AGW are impervious to evidence. As evidence mounts their hypothesis is flawed, they double down. They do this because theirs is a moral crusade, not a scientific search for truth.

"Anthropogenic global warming has become the root of all evil, the cause of every catastrophe," said Doug Hoffman, an expert in computer models like those used to predict impending doom from global warming. "Nothing can shake the climate alarmists' beliefs."

"As tragic as the effects of this Spring's violent weather have been, we need to remember that all of Earth's creatures, including humans, live here at the sufferance of nature," he said. Climate alarmists need to recognize that natural disasters are just that -- natural."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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