So, what happened when global warming was added to stories about storms?
Associated Press and the Kansas City Star have attempted to make global warming the fall guy for the severe Missouri River flooding -- in spite of the worst flood in the region being more than 150 years ago when the global atmosphere was much colder.
I communicated with one of the reporters and, I regret to report, to justify tying the flood to global warming (in addition to the professor he quoted) he sent me a link to the recent IPCC AR5 which, he claimed, tied flooding to global warming. He obviously hadn't actually read the report. I assume he didn't realize I had. Here is what it says about flooding.
- “In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale”
I guess the good news is that people are not falling for it.