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Bomb Cyclone causes flurry of man-caused “climate change” blame

Bomb Cyclone causes flurry of man-caused “climate change” blame

One man, in particular, was singled out for criticism. Guess who!

Professor Jacobson Walkway

The new year has certainly started with a blast…of arctic air.

From Maine to Florida, Americans are trying to fight off the effects of a “bomb cyclone”. The term has an interesting history, originating in the era of World War II meteorology.

Over the years, sudden, intense storms have sunk many ships in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

These storms are often mistaken for hurricanes because they an spawn 74 mph and faster, hurricane force winds.

In the 1940s some meteorologists began informally calling some of these storms “bombs” because they develop “with a ferocity we rarely, if ever, see over land,” said Fred Sanders, a retired MIT professor, who brought the term into common usage by describing them in a 1980 article in the Monthly Weather Review.

…Today, a bomb cyclone is an extratropical area of low pressure in which the central barometric pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. Some storms have intensified as rapidly as 60 millibars in a 24 hour period. A few bomb cyclones even develop “eyes”, similar to the center of a hurricane.

Professor Jacobson had to shovel himself out of his Rhode Island home (featured image). But he is used to digging through a world of liberal snowflakes, so it didn’t slow him down much.

There are reports of massive flooding in Massachusetts:

Snow and icy conditions are being reported in many, unexpected place.

South Carolina:


However, what is not unexpected are the assertions that this is all “climate change” caused by man.

In Scientific American, Jeff Masters, director of meteorology and co-founder of Weather Underground, addressed the question of whether the super-storm was a product…global warming.

We would expect it to be playing some role, since climate change is fundamentally affecting the atmosphere and changing the base state in which storms arise. So potentially you would have more moisture available to this storm, just because the oceans are hotter because of global warming—and that could potentially increase the impacts of a storm like this. There’s also some question about weather global warming might be affecting the jet stream, which is an important trigger for this storm.

One man, in particular, was singled out for blame.

Ultimately, I suspect the term “bomb cyclone” was assigned to this particular storm to add extra media drama and is being used as click-bait. The storm is actually a nor’easter, which is a regular weather scourge of the North East (though super-sized in this case).

A major nor’easter packed with powerful winds unloaded more than a foot of snow across the New York City area Thursday, bringing much of the region to a standstill.

The region has been gearing up for the storm for days, with cities and towns getting snow removal resources in place. And it didn’t disappoint, prompting school closures, mass transit delays, flight cancellations and treacherous driving conditions.

The storm prompted states of emergency to be issued for parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as officials warned people to stay off the roads.

While I hope everyone stays safe and returns to the regular routine soon, I would like to see that plans are being made to prevent future cold-related power-outages and other weather-related problems. As I noted in a previous post, it is suspected that a decline in sunspots means a decline in solar activity.

The mini-ice age, which occurred well before extensive fossil fuel usage by man, occurred during a protracted period of no sun-spots. The number of sun-spot free days are anticipated to be increasing through 2018.

Brace yourselves: Winter is here, and won’t be leaving anytime soon.


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In my opinion “bomb cyclone” was simply the usual “bombast” from CNN.

As for the idiots blaming Trump – there are not enough adjectives to describe their foolishness. An idiot gotta do what an idiot gotta do.

Apparently there are no limits to TDS.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to kenoshamarge. | January 5, 2018 at 10:32 am

    It’s just more of the same old, same old. I seem to recall a lot of folks were blaming Bush for Katrina, including several who seemed to think that he was personally responsible for it hitting New Orleans.

    I’m always impressed at how presidents with (R) after their name can be the greatest idiots ever and at the same time evil geniuses.

There’s also some question about weather global warming might be affecting the jet stream

Which means there’s also a rather big question about the science being settled.

climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.

This is what Max Weber’s writings about “falsifiability” meant. When anything that happens can be considered to verify one’s crackpot theories—Something happens, that’s proof! The same something doesn’t happen, that’s proof, too!—it’s a cult, not a science. Weber was originally writing about Marxism, but the principle is the same for all cults which claim some unique understanding of the physical world.

    Immolate in reply to tom_swift. | January 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Michael Mann is a proven, documented liar and should not be trusted for information that impacts his income or influence. He should also not be trusted for opining on whether it is night or day.

    In addition, the quote “There’s also some question about weather global warming might be affecting the jet stream, which is an important trigger for this storm.” should instead be “There’s also some question about weather (sic) global warming might be affecting the jet stream, which is an important trigger for this storm.”

      Tom Servo in reply to Immolate. | January 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      and there’s also this – the jet stream changes seasonally, and also has long term variations that are observed but not theoretically understood yet. (meaning they cannot be predicted)

      So, in a system which is constantly changing for reasons we don’t understand, it’s extremely easy to say “oh that might be affecting it!” Yeah, and for all we know, the flapping of a butterfly’s wings somewhere in the Amazon is affecting it even more.

      Cleetus in reply to Immolate. | January 6, 2018 at 4:19 am

      What Comey is to Obama’s FBI, Mann is to Obama’s NOAA and NSF.

The Northeast is getting a nor’easter, and we’re all supposed to be shocked. It’s winter. They get these with regularity and always have.

Morning Sunshine | January 5, 2018 at 9:23 am

y’all are stealing our snow, and I want it back. just a little, please? a foot or two?

-Sunshine in No. Utah

It’s sad what happened to Scientific American, it used to be such a great magazine. It’s where I first learned about what the Internet was.

Sometime in the early 90s, they went hard left and they’ve never come back.

I’m beginning to believe that a degree of climate control can be achieved by purchasing a brand new, shiny, and rather expensive snow blower. Got ALL the bells and whistles this time. Electric everything. Haven’t seen a snow worth blowing since (2nd winter now), but it does make for a manly garage decoration.

FWIW, the very first ice storm I ever endured was in South Carolina. Woke up one morning and everything was covered in a uniform sheet of ice.
I admit it had thawed by the afternoon, but at the time it was extremely weird to my 9 (or so) year-old self.

I was in my only shipboard collision during the 1993 Snowicane.
In port. Tied up at the pier. The ship on the opposite pier hadn’t moored properly and her lines let loose. Fun times for many ships in Norfolk during that event. Violent Nor’easters are nothing new.

    YellowSnake in reply to gospace. | January 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    True, “Violent Nor’easters are nothing new”. But if the timing, ferocity, duration, track or location is unusual, then it is worthy of note and study.

    Only recently, have some climate scientists started to study particular events in terms of history, statistics and modeling. The science is hardly justification for the hyperbolic headlines – either for or against climate change. A Scientific American article: Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters on Climate Change

    BTW, this particular storm seemed pretty normal to me, although I live in the northeast not GA.

      On a geological time scale … move along there is nothing to see here.

      YellowTroll maybe you can learn to actually find the truth for your liberal side and provide actual arguments for it. Alas you are a Progressive liberal, which means for you to do that would be like a mouse trying to learn calculus.

        murkyv in reply to Shane. | January 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm

        You’d stand a better chance of finding a mouse mathematician than finding an honest liberal

          YellowSnake in reply to murkyv. | January 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

          Einstein was a liberal; even a pacifist – J Edgar Hoover tried to keep him out of the country. The Nazi’s thought his theories were

          Jewish Science

          Science is science. Bigotry is bigotry.

        YellowSnake in reply to Shane. | January 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm

        Truth is Truth. If you don’t understand that, it explains a lot.

      “But if the timing, ferocity, duration, track or location is unusual, then it is worthy of note and study.”

      None of which is true.

      Only truthful thing is you’re a commie liar.

Maybe the liberals in the Northeast should build some more wildmill farms. Those are working so well in this current storm. The rest of us will enjoy our oil/coal fired electricity to keep warm. ‘Drill, Baby, drill.’

    YellowSnake in reply to TimothyJ. | January 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Harlan County switches to solar power

    I am quite comfy and my power comes from windmills.

    You really don’t see the elegance in renewable power? Sad

      tarheelkate in reply to YellowSnake. | January 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      It’s elegant. It also requires spinning reserves for when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

        YellowSnake in reply to tarheelkate. | January 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm

        Thanks for pointing that out. Are there drawbacks to other forms of energy generation?

        For complete disclosure, the windmills are supplemented by solar and hydro. Technically, it is all renewable, although hydro has a high impact on the environment.

        People here aren’t conservatives. They are reactionaries.

      gospace in reply to YellowSnake. | January 6, 2018 at 4:21 am

      If you’re not your own power and light company- you have no idea where your electricity comes from since the grid is all interconnected. According to the AWEA, which has reason to exaggerate the number, 5.5% of US electricity came from wind in 2016. What they don’t say is it isn’t 5.5% at all times, but changes, wildly, depending on the wind. Drove through Kansas last year and counted well over 200 wind turbines before losing track. Less then 10 of them were rotating. And none fast enough to light up more then a 100 watt bulb. Plays hell with the grid when “alternative”power generation can generate more then 1/3 of the local grids power. Because the power can’t be regulated. It’s either there or it isn’t.

buckeyeminuteman | January 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Everything is click bait and media sensationalism anymore these days to get people worked up and to watch the Weather Channel. They’re even naming winter storms nowadays.

My 2018 prediction:

The climate will recover in direct proportion to the decline and fall of Marxism.

Kill a Marxist, save a polar bear.

There’s a word for all this: winter.

There’s a word for the proponents of the lies about all this: fascists. In the case of al gore, we add a couple: money-grubbing fascist.

Follow obama’s money. It’ll bury him.

    YellowSnake in reply to | January 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    No doubt.

    So there aren’t any money-grubbers in the fossil fuel business? Maybe those money-grubbers don’t like the competition or they just want to stay rich peddling fossil fuels.

    CLEAN COAL is the answer!

    The irony of capitalism is that it is a great engine for innovation. But once a capitalist gets rich, the last thing he wants is for someone else to innovate him out of business.

      VaGentleman in reply to YellowSnake. | January 6, 2018 at 4:51 am

      The irony of socialism is that it consists of a bunch of whiners who claim capitalism is a failure because they are not successful. Properly applied, it ends with a bunch of whiners who claim socialism is a success because they are not successful.

Gore’s alarmism timeline now turns on a dime, as noticed by @Hale_Razor:




2018: Actually, Michael Mann & I predicted bitter cold all along.#science

— Razor (@hale_razor) January 5, 2018

18 inches or so here. but due to high winds was plowing 3-5 feet on every lot.
30+ hours in 40 hour period in truck.
worn out