by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Bill Nye the “Science Guy” is once again trying to blame global warming for a series of weather events happening around the U.S., but this time meteorologists aren’t having it.
Meteorologists criticized Nye’s claim that warm temperatures in Alaska and flooding in Texas are a product of man-made global warming.
As Tropical Storm Bill (no relation to Nye) was projected to make landfall in Texas, Nye tweeted:
Bill floods Texas. Alaska is on fire. Just a little global warming & climate change. Nothing to worry about… pic.twitter.com/l2qAaiytE6
— Bill Nye (@BillNye) June 16, 2015
Nye has been been relentless in trying to connect such extreme weather events to man-made global warming in recent months, to the point where actual meteorologists who study weather patterns are fed up with him.
Bill Nye the bloviating, low information "climate guy" … not taken seriously by any meteorologist. https://t.co/aOHSCW3Ga2
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) June 16, 2015
— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) June 16, 2015
— James Spann (@spann) June 16, 2015
Nye’s extreme weather claims and hype over Tropical Storm Bill come on the heels of news reports that the U.S. has been in the midst of a 10-year “hurricane drought.” For nearly a decade, no Category 3 or higher hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., and there’s been no upward trend in other natural disasters like tornadoes, droughts or wildfires. Even a meteorology student at Pennsylvania State University and independent weather forecasters out of New Jersey criticized Nye for harming the scientific debate on global warming.