Friday, 23 September 2005

Forecaster leaves job to pursue weather theories

Is this guy on to something? (he's from my hometown - very cool)
POCATELLO - To the rest of the country, Scott Stevens is the Idaho weatherman who blames the Japanese Mafia for Hurricane Katrina. To folks in Pocatello, he's the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6...

"I'm going to miss that broadcast, but I'm not going to miss not getting home until 11 p.m.," Stevens said. "I just don't have the hours of the day to take care of my research and getting those (broadcasts) out and devoting the necessary research to the station."

It was Stevens' decision to leave the TV station, said KPVI general manager Bill Fouch.

"When Scott signed his current contract, he told Brenda and me at the time that it would be his last contract," Fouch said Thursday. "We knew, but the timetable moved up because of all the attention (he's been getting.)"

Since Katrina, Stevens has been in newspapers across the country where he was quoted in an Associated Press story as saying the Yakuza Mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. He was a guest on Coast to Coast, a late night radio show that conducts call-in discussions on everything from bizarre weather patterns to alien abductions. On Wednesday, Stevens was interviewed by Fox News firebrand Bill O'Reilly....

"His theories are his theories," Fouch said. "But, if you think about it - of all the TV weather people, he continues to be the most accurate. It isn't his theories getting involved with his professional job."

his site: & the links on his site


And related to all this weather madness is Vargr's rational take on all of this:

I read a quote from an evacuee from New Orleans today in an online newspaper. He currently has to flee Texas due to the approach of hurricane Rita. He said that "God is testing us, that's what it is. At this point, that's all it can be."

I disagree.

Tropical cyclonic storms are the mechanism by which the fluid system of Earth’s atmosphere attempts to remedy the heat imbalance between the equatorial and polar regions. Ocean water evaporates, forming clouds. As the clouds rise they are imparted with a rotational force (the Coriolis force) due to the rotation of the earth. The greater amount of heat available, the more energy these storms will contain....

Those who subscribe to the belief that the god of Abraham created the earth must also believe that he created the laws of physics and thermodynamics. What is happening is a factor of these laws and of human population distribution. This of course does not diminish the effect on the populations who are displaced by these storms, nor of the failure of bureaucracy at various levels to react.

It’s not the wrath of God, it’s not sinners being punished, it’s a function of mechanical processes.

Here's what I think. First, I think Vargr is right: this is a direct effect of global warming. But the right wing has denied that global warming is occuring, and now that we are seeing the direct effects of global warming, the right wing is reaching out for any other explaination no matter how far-fetched or supernatural rather than admit they might have been wrong about global warming. Thus we get these stories about god bringing the stark fist of katrina down on the homosexuals of New Orleans, or about the yakuza bringing the wrath of scalar weaponry down on the fascist US for bombing Hiroshima, and so on...

I know that the United States wants to control the weather, and is ready to pony up $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2005 through 2014 in order to figure out how to do so and it is no small step to assume that other countries are also trying to figure out how to go about this. But to immediately assume that this weather is coming from intelligently designed devices or via some angry sky-father, rather than as a direct result of an issue that scientists have been warning us about for forty years strikes me as a case of wilfull blindness.

oh, & fwiw:
My dad has told me global warming is absurd, that there is more methane gas produced by cattle than by cars. My counter to this is that vast chunks of rainforest have been cut down to provide grazing land for cattle, and that right now cattle are a big problem in global warming because beef is such a huge industry. We don't just need to get off fossil fuels, we need to cut down on cutting down rainforest and severely curtail the amount of free range cattle on the planet.

So I'm not going to discount all the conspiracy theories immediately, but I do think these theorists are overlooking the most obvious issue, mainly because they've been wilfully ignoring it for years.

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