Hurricane season is another opportunity for Rush Limbaugh to make a fool of himself while bad-mouthing climate science.
Last year, Limbaugh groused about being forced to evacuate Palm Beach as Hurricane Irma approached the Florida coast.
“Unlike UFOs, which only land in trailer parks, hurricanes are always forecast to hit major population centers,” Limbaugh said last year on his radio show. “Because, after all, major population centers is where the major damage will take place and where we can demonstrate that these things are getting bigger and they’re getting more frequent and they’re getting worse.
“All because of climate change.”
He went on and on about this vast weather conspiracy.
“So there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest ways to do it,” he said.
Oh well, I guess it’s already time to retire last year’s Deep Weather theory of maximum-population storm guidance, considering that Hurricane Florence is poised to devastate the lightly populated coastlines of North and South Carolina.
The biggest city near landfall of Hurricane Florence is Wilmington, North Carolina, which has a population slightly more than 100,000 people, making it the eighth-most populous city in America’s 10th-most populous state.
Not exactly a major population center.
But Limbaugh’s a hard guy to embarrass. Either that, or he doesn’t go back to listen to what he says. Because he’s at it again this year, yammering about the weather conspiracy behind Hurricane Florence.
“These things have become very politicized, as you know, folks,” he told his radio audience this week. “Hurricanes and hurricane forecasting is like much else that the left has gotten its hands on, and they politicize these things.
“For those of you asking, ‘What’s the politics of a hurricane?’ Climate change is the politics of hurricanes. The forecast and the destruction potential doom and gloom is all to heighten the belief in climate change.
“My experience is that the storms are bad; you don’t want to get into arguments over degrees.”
My experience is that Rush Limbaugh is not a knowledgeable source on climate science.
Certainly not as credible as the researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Stony Brook University who co-authored a paper this week on the approaching storm.
“We find that rainfall will be significantly increased by over 50 percent in the heaviest precipitating parts of the storm,” the paper said. “This increase is substantially larger than expected from thermodynamic considerations alone.”
The warmer ocean water, caused by climate change, is making it a bigger, wetter hurricane, they concluded.
“The forecasted size of Hurricane Florence is about 80 km (49.7 miles) larger due to the effect of climate change on the large-scale environment around the storm,” the researchers wrote.
It’s possible that they, along with much of the scientific community, are wrong. That they’re really just political operatives working out of George Soros’ secret lair next to stacks of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
But that would be far-fetched, like that shark story Limbaugh told his audience about this week while trying to persuade them to not believe climate scientists on Hurricane Florence.
“New reports from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) aircraft show that sharks have been lifted into the hurricane,” Limbaugh said. “So those of you in the target path of North Carolina or South Carolina … now you might end up with a shark in your front yard.”
Then he held up a piece of paper, showing his online audience what looked like a snapshot of the TV screen with the words “Florence now contains sharks” in the chyron below a satellite photo of a hurricane.
“You think I’m making this up?” Limbaugh said. “This appeared somewhere … These are predictable things that the media has in their Nexis database.
“Hurricane hits, you go to the Nexis file, the Nexis database, and you look for stories that might look good to run and you run them. Just repeat them.”
So if Limbaugh is right, this would be quite a conspiracy between the scientists, who are really undercover political operatives, and the liberal media, which are knowingly pushing a false story about sharknados in order to perpetuate the climate change hoax on the American people.
But, of course, he’s not right.
The “news” story Limbaugh was waving before the camera was generated by a website called BreakYourOwnNews.com
It’s an entertainment site created by Jonathan Cresswell, a British web designer who specializes in creating internet hoaxes.
“I mainly make dumb things on the internet that get quite out of hand,” he said.
The shark story was created by his “Breaking News Generator,” which allows anybody with an internet connection to make what appears to be a screenshot of a breaking news story on a cable news channel.
Another year. Another storm. Another embarrassing performance by Limbaugh.
But by this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he mainly says dumb things that get quite out of hand.