“Climate Central” Fails to get the Memo

It would appear some of the shovel ready stimulus money (that is, grant money) is just now showing up at Climate Central.

And it would also appear they (Climate Central) realized Comedy Central was already taken.

And finally, it appears Climate Central is the one that didn’t get the memo.

A new report shows sea levels are rapidly rising and the study predicts the Jersey Shore could be underwater in a matter of decades.

The group found global warming is expanding sea water and causing ice sheets to melt.

Scientists believe by the end of the century, water levels will be three to four feet higher, with bigger storm surges that could wipe out low lying areas.

What scientists are we talking about here? Political scientists? Two guys with masters of science degrees? And do their engineers drive the trains?

At their site, Climate Central says this:

Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating.

Eight inches, assuming its correct, doesn’t seem to be too much. But in their press release, the Climate Centralists give this ominous warning:

By 2030, many locations are likely to see storm surges combining with sea level rise to raise waters at least 4 feet above the local high-tide line.

Should anyone be worried? In a word, no. Or at least, not any more than normal.

That’s because Wikipedia tells us Hurricane Isabel (2003) caused a storm surge of over ten feet in New Jersey. Going back to 1821, the Norfolk and Long Island Hurricane provided a five foot New Jersey storm surge. Other notable New Jersey storm surges were in 1941 (9.6 feet), 1960 (6 feet), 1976 (8.85 feet), and 1985 (4.6 feet). 

And consider this storm surge:

The Bathurst Bay Cyclone, also known as Tropical Cyclone Mahina, which struck Bathurst Bay, Australia on March 5, 1899, is generally credited with the world record for storm surge. The cyclone’s storm surge is variously listed at 13 – 14.6 meters (43 – 48 feet).

Hmm. 1899? That was before the global warming scare, so I suppose the Climate Central guys would say Think what it would be like now with all the subsequent global warming!

The back end of the extended forecast at Accuweather.com changes daily and these guys are making predictions about the end of the century?

Climate change, thy name is legion.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on March 16, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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