Jeff Masters – The Shape Shifter

In 2007, he blamed the late, warm winter on a lack of polar ice. Now he blames the cold, early, snowy, winter on a lack of polar ice.

“If you say it’s going to be warmer than normal, you’re almost always right these days,” said Dr. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for weatherunderground.com.

I think it’s highly probable that the eastern half of the country will have a warmer winter than normal because of a couple of factors. One is the La Nina episode we’ve got going, and two is the fact that so much of the polar ice cap melted this summer. That’s going to slow down the arrival of winter. Last winter, remember, it wasn’t until the middle of January that the eastern half of the country cooled down.

“When you don’t have a full set of polar ice covering polar waters, it’s harder for big air domes to form and bring us our arctic outbreaks. That same thing is going to happen again this year.

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/2904/whither-the-weather

h/t to Marc Morano

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12 Responses to Jeff Masters – The Shape Shifter

  1. Tony Duncan says:

    Well someone is certainly wrong in all this! I am guessing this is one of those things that is more complicated than people supposed in ways that they didn’t expect about things they thought they knew more about than they did.
    My favorite Yogi berra expression was always. “It ain’t the things you don’t know that get you into trouble. it’s what you know that ain’t so.”

    • Dave N says:

      Yogi Berra was also supposed to have said:

      “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”

      Well I guess it is for Jeff, but not so much for Joe Bastardi and Piers Corbyn. Jeff just alters his statements.

    • maguro says:

      That was Mark Twain, not Yogi Berra.

  2. …and two is the fact that so much of the polar ice cap melted this summer. That’s going to slow down the arrival of winter….

    What was he expecting, winter to start a full month before December 21 instead of 3 weeks (which happened this year) if “global warming” wasn’t happening? So now in “global warming” winter starting 3 weeks before December 21 is a late start to winter. I see, I get it. Anything is possible in “global warming”.

    This is how “global warming” works: wait to see what happens in weather and then say that is what “global warming” predicted would happen.

  3. daveinboca says:

    Here is Masters’ latest with a Time flack interpreting his tea leaves:

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2039777,00.html

    The comments below the article show an evident skepticism of Master’s thesis [pun].

  4. Latitude says:

    Masters gives me the willies, can’t stand him

  5. Mike Davis says:

    People that hitched their thinking to AGW have not taken time to investigate natural oscillations and long term regional weather patterns. When a combination of weather patterns occurs that has not happened for decades those that follow the Global Warming mantra are lost. I was reading another site of a professor of climate science who is not familiar with natural long term weather patterns. I also read some writing by a recent graduate in climate science with a PHD that is not aware of the Atlantic oscillation and think the Pacific is 30 years as well as totally ignoring the Arctic. Until these people get their heads out of their Game Boys they will not see what is going on in the real world.
    The two I mentioned claim to be Luke Warmers!

  6. They just want attention! If they were to just admit they were wrong, then noone would pay attention to their rants.

  7. Latitude says:

    Masters is a typical ballet shoe, man purse, bedwetter.

    I stopped reading his garbage years ago.

    Dangerous tropical storm Sphincter slams into south Florida. Devastating winds and flash flooding are reported as far south as Rio and north to Greenland. Steady winds in excess of 20 mph are reported as far north as Miami, with gusts as high as 25. Rainfall amounts in excess of 1/2 inch have been reported along with flash flooding in Palm Beach county. Red Cross is standing by………………

    • Mike Davis says:

      That is what I read at Accuweather also.
      I got a Hazardous weather statement from NWS this morning because it might rain tonight with measurable amounts falling.

      • Latitude says:

        I stopped reading them all Mike.
        When I realized it’s just selling a product……….

      • Mike Davis says:

        I use NWS for the radar and general forecasts. I found I get about equal results from them as those that want money to provide similar product and NWS has no ads! I also enjoy seeing a daily forecast claiming mostly cloudy when there is not a cloud in the sky! 😉

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