On Saturday, August 4th, a tornado tore through the town of Webster Massachusetts, doing extensive damage to the town’s Main Street. Two large buildings were damaged so bad they were torn down within hours and another two large buildings were so badly damaged they will be torn down in the very near future. It is a miracle there were no deaths and only one minor injury.
Webster Massachusetts is my home town and the town I’m living in now. My house, which only lies 500 yards from where the edge of the tornado made its closest pass, was raked by outflow winds that were about hurricane force. Considering the tornado was 300 yards wide, it was a near miss. Compared to the 45 individuals whose homes were destroyed and lost everything, I was extremely fortunate.
On August 9th, a United States congressional delegation, consisting of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Richard Neal, and Jim McGovern, held a closed door meeting with members of the town government and local emergency officials to discuss relief efforts. After the meeting they met with the press. The local TV stations broadcasted some of the press briefing. In those clips the delegation did what every congressional delegation does, talk about recovery efforts and bringing in money to help rebuild. The news broadcasts left out a large portion of what the three had to say. I found this transcript of the full press briefing on Congressman Richard Neal’s Website. This portion of the transcript angered me a great deal:
All three lawmakers further raised concerns about the number of tornadoes that have touched down in the state in recent years, arguing that the storms underscore the impacts of climate change.
“This is a reminder that climate change has real, tangible implications,” Warren said. “We’re watching more severe weather, we’re watching — over and over — these ‘never happened before events’ or ‘happens once every 100 years’ and now, they keep happening again and again and again. There are real costs to a changing climate.”
Warren added that such weather events are why the United States should be a leader on climate-related issues.
“This is not a time for us to turn our backs on the needs of creating a sustainable world for all of us,” she said.
It outraged me that the three of them, with Senator Warren as the chief spokesman, used the tragedy that happened in my town to push climate change. It outraged me that our United States Senator would use this tragedy to blather on about nonsense that masquerades as scientific truth. It took me only two Google searches and five minutes to completely discredit all of her claims.
As you can see from this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration link, after peaking between 1990 and 2010, the number of tornadoes nationwide has decreased. The past few years the number of tornadoes has been low. The projected number of tornadoes for this year, based on the number through June, will be below average.
According to data from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, during June, there were 166 preliminary tornado reports. This is below the 1991-2010 average of 243 for the month. Tornadoes occurred throughout the month, with almost every day experiencing at least one tornado due to upper-level lows and fronts moving through the Great Plains and Midwest. However, there were no large-scale outbreaks and no tornado-related fatalities. For the year-to-date, there have been 596 preliminary tornado reports, below the average of 818. Depending on the final confirmation rate, the January-June tornado count could be the lowest since 2002 when there were just 468 tornadoes.
A lot has been made of the fact that three tornadoes in a short period touched down in Massachusetts. Many newscasters have accompanied Senator Warren in speculating that this is proof of catastrophic man caused climate change. This article in the Boston Globe, of all places, discredits these claims.
The tornado that tore through Webster and Dudley on Saturday was the third twister to hit Massachusetts within a 10-day stretch.
That may seem like an alarming statistic, but so far this year, tornado activity in the state is roughly in line with historical trends.
“This is really kind of typical actually,” said Bill Simpson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s bureau in Norton….On average, between two and three tornadoes hit Massachusetts annually, according to weather service records that date back to the 1950s.
Of course, the numbers fluctuate year to year.
“You can have years with none and then you can have years with six or eight tornadoes,” Simpson said.
This climate change hysteria is nothing more than an excuse to push socialism and a government takeover of more and more of our economy through overbearing regulations. Windmills and solar installations are gigantic waste of money which require vast government subsidies.
****If you would like to help those in town who lost everything, please check out this link on the official Webster Town Website.