Steven Goddard of the ironically named 'Real Science' blog posted on Hurricane Irene with this headline;
NOAA’s Phony “Hurricane” Coming On Shore With 33 MPH Winds
You see Mr Goddard has a thing about NOAA, namely that it supplies climate data which tells him things that he doesn't want to hear so any chance, even the slimiest extremest chance, of casting doubt on their information is taken.
Firstly there is absolutely no doubt at all that this storm was a Hurricane. It touched on Category 3 when in the Caribbean and was a Cat 1 when it made landfall in the US, before being down graded to a serious and tropical storm by the time it reached NYC and is now on it's way to Canada as predicted.
But Goddard cannot take NOAA's word for it. So when some ground weather stations in the area reported wind speeds below hurricane strength Goddard posted to downplay this storms seriousness and claiming it was 'just barely a tropical storm'.
Well Goddard is in no way qualified to decide how a storm should be described and it now turns out that this phoney hurricane that was barely a tropical storm has killed at least 21 people, left five million homes without power, and costs running into billions of dollars.
In yet another example of the Kooks coming out, US broadcaster Glenn Beck has stated that Hurricane Irene and East Coast earthquake a ‘blessing’ from God. Apparently they were both warnings to 'be prepared'. It seems to be some sort of call to stock pile food and prepare for end times. I thought that the world had already ended but no one was that interested.
This from Forbes Magazine;
AGW denier Pat Michaels said on Friday before Hurricane Irene had fully finished with the US;
Get Real: Hurricane Irene Should Be Renamed "Hurricane Hype"In the article he rather stupidly and callously says;
" It is doubtful that Irene will even cough up eight bodies (the number killed by Gloria)"As of now I believe the deaths attributed to this Hurricane/Tropical Storm in in the thirties including an 11 year old boy.