A "New" Theory Regarding the Maui Fire -- That You Read About Here Months Ago

The Daily Mail's story, published yesterday, is here

Or, you could have read about it on my blog a week after the fire. 
My story of the extreme winds, accelerated by Maui's terrain, is here

Keep in mind that the usual suspects immediately went to "climate change" as the cause. Then, it was Hurricane Dora. But, for meteorologists who were paying attention to the facts, neither was involved. 

I post this not to brag but as a cautionary item that Big Climate will try to find a way to get everything it can blamed on global warming initially (when the cause is uncertain) rather than waiting for the facts.

The late Michael Crichton's comments on the media via Elon Musk on Twitter/X:

You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well... You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward -- reversing cause and effect. I call these "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them. 

This is too often the case with climate and weather-related stories. As Crichton also pointed out, the errors in the rest of the paper are no less common. But, we don't recognize them (and so give the media undeserved credibility) because we aren't experts on those fields. Recent examples would be the media's boosterism over the COVID vaccine including its failure to ask hard questions of Dr. Fauci and others. 

So, make it a 2024 New Year's Resolution to automatically take with a grain of salt anything you read about global warming -- especially right after or during an unusual weather event.


  1. See: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/10/us/maui-wildfires-cause-hawaii.html?unlocked_article_code=1.JE0.447k.LMIDgtFgRROn&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

    1. Thanks much for the link to the NYT story. They were all over it early. However, seven days later, they ran a piece tying it to climate change. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/17/climate/hawaii-climate-wildfire-prevention.html Atmospheric rotors (which played a part in the horrible Boulder CO wildfire) have been around since the beginning of the world.


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