Katherine Hayhoe Explains

Decades ago, climate scientists predicted that rising global temperatures would lead to more severe and intense droughts due to combinations of increasing temperatures, decreasing precipitation, more evaporation, and a reduction in snow and ice packs. The effects of a warming world are already being felt in different regions of the world, including the Mediterranean and Southwest. These droughts threaten jobs, food security, water resources, and, in some places, political stability.

In our stories, our correspondents explore the links between climate change and drought and their implications on societies.

“Drought is one of the most pervasive and insidious of natural disasters. Blame for crop loss, famine, hunger, migration, economic instability and even war can all been placed at its door. It’s estimated that, since 1981, climate change has already caused an average of $5 billion per year in crop losses. As climate continues to change, we are concerned that increasing temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns may increase drought risk in certain parts of the world, including the central and southwestern United States.”

Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D.
Atmospheric scientist, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University

Drought – Years Of Living Dangerously

Katherine is about to get slammed with yet another major snowstorm in Lubbock, TX.

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Rainfall in Lubbock shows no trend over the past century.

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Snowfall in Lubbock shows no trend over the past century.

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The number of 100 degree days in Lubbock hasn’t changed.

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Temperatures in Lubbock peaked in 1927, and show no trend over the past century, and have been plummeting since 1998.

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The amount of sea ice on Earth is at record levels.

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Like many of her climate science peers, evangelical Christian Katherine Hayhoe simply makes up information which sounds scary and is convenient for her career goals. There isn’t one smidgen of evidence backing anything she says.

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30 Responses to Katherine Hayhoe Explains

  1. au1corsair says:

    Tell Katherine to take a page from Mary Poppins: “I never explain anything!”

  2. sabretoothed says:

    The Warming Drought Snow just like they predicted LOL http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/02/snow-eastcounty-NASA/

    NASA using its high tech weather service 2015 tech to see it, can’t go into space anymore just does weather

  3. Gail Combs says:

    “… intense droughts due to combinations of increasing temperatures, decreasing precipitation, more evaporation, and a reduction in snow and ice packs….”

    So where the heck did all the water go MS Kat? If it is not coming out of the atmosphere then you have more cloud cover and a COOLING EARTH.

    Where did she get her degree? Out of a Cracker Jacks box? SHEESH, the woman cant even add!

  4. Gail Combs says:

    O/T To take the bad taste out of your mouth after having read that bilge, you might want to see Jo Nova’s newest post.

  5. A C Osborn says:

    Steve, you forgot to show the Drought Index comparing the 30s to now, just to really rub it in

  6. Jason Calley says:

    Ms Hayhoe is the scientific equivalent of a used car salesman.

    No matter how you point out the bald tires, the rusted side panels, the hanging headliner and the massive oil leak dripping from the rear main seal, she insists, “This sweet baby runs great! What a deal!!”

    (And my apologies to any honest used car salesmen out there.)

  7. gator69 says:

    I guess Katy has not heard that increased CO2 levels means that plants require less water, and that deserts are greening as a result. It’s a wonder that Phil Jones was the only doomer under suicide watch, at least that we know of.

  8. Edmonton Al says:

    She is lucky that I am not the head of Texas Tech U., or she would be looking for another “job” .She is not short on ignorance and/or arrogance. IMO.

  9. omanuel says:

    Katherine Hayhoe displays the talents needed in the next NAS President:

    As intellectually incoherent as the present one, but blessed with the politically correct gender for the next one.

  10. Stargazer says:

    “evangelical Christian” I don’t get this statement. What does that have to do with the article?

    • jeo says:

      Evangelical christians and climate scientists are similarly incapable of independent thought.

      • Stargazer says:

        Not true. I am an evangelical Christian who is quite capable of independent thought. I am saddened that Steve included that pejorative statement in the article.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Sargazer, it is Hayhoe who adds evangelical Christian to her CV in the hopes of leading the sheep among the evangelical Christians just as Pope Frank is now targeting the Catholics.

          Given her statement on increased evaporation causing more drought, I thing hypocrite would be a better description of her especially since her statement contradicts what the IPCC was saying a few years ago.

          The word ‘Christian’ is not an accurate description of the woman in MHO, snake in the garden would be better.

  11. nielszoo says:

    Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D.
    Atmospheric scientist, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science

    Doesn’t that kind of say it all? I’m with Gail, what’s this chick’s degree in and where did she get it? How do you get a PhD in “atmosphere”? Do you start with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mise-En-Scène or Perfumery?

    • gator69 says:

      “Hayhoe received a degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto,[1] and her masters’ and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[12]”


      She is a proselyte of Don Wuebbles, whom I have debated in the past.

      “Donald J. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. He is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as well as an affiliate professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the first Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at Illinois, the first Director of the Environmental Council at the University, and Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for many years (1994-2007). Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in numerical modeling of atmospheric physics and chemistry. He has authored over 400 scientific articles, relating mostly to atmospheric chemistry and climate issues. He has been a lead author on a number of national and international assessments related to concerns about climate change, and on atmospheric chemistry, including the effects of human activities on stratospheric and tropospheric ozone. Dr. Wuebbles and colleagues received the 2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been honored by being selected a Fellow of three major professional science societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. He shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the international Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was a member of a federal advisory committee that assessed and in 2009 published a report on the potential impacts of climate change on the United States. Professor Wuebbles was a Coordinating Lead Author for the major international IPCC assessment of climate change published in late 2013 and was a leader in the U.S. National Climate Assessment published in May 2014, including leading the chapter on climate science and being a member of the Executive Secretariat and the Federal Advisory Committee. He was one of six U.S. scientists selected by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to work with counterparts representing the UK Royal Society on a special report on climate change that was published in February 2014. He is also a leader in the WMO-UNEP assessment of stratospheric ozone, and co-leads the chapter on policy analyses, that is to be published in late 2014. Dr. Wuebbles received the Cleveland Abbe Award from the American Meteorological Society in February 2014 for outstanding accomplishments and service given to society. He has two degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1970, 1972) and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis (1983). Don and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 44 years and have three sons and three grandsons. Don grew up on a farm near Carlyle, Illinois.


  12. emsnews says:

    So, that professor is in Illinois? And believes in global warming? I bet his neighbors laugh at him regularly during winter.

    • gator69 says:

      The majority of his neighbors elected governors that landed in prison, four of the last seven, and voted for Obama twice.

    • rah says:

      Not she’s in Texas. Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D.
      Atmospheric scientist, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University

      A state that uncharacteristically has some other academic climate doom sayers ensconced in it’s Ivory Towers.

  13. Robertv says:

    “The effects of a warming world are already being felt in different regions of the world, including the Mediterranean ”

    Catalan reservoirs

    Click to access dades_embassaments_ca.pdf

    TOTAL 694,45 Capacitat màxima hm³ / 644,87 Estat actual hm³ / 92,86 %

  14. omanuel says:

    André Vltchek is right. The evil empire is crumbling, but nobody can predict when it will fall!


  15. Gail Combs says:

    “The effects of a warming world are already being felt in different regions of the world, including the Mediterranean ”

    Rolling on the floor laughing. I am sure there are a lot of people living round the Mediterranean right now who would love to stuff those words straight back down Kattie’s throat. Maybe we should send this round-up of snow events to Kattie via an angry Algerian protester to make sure it arrives in the appropriate place.

    Many of the following articles have photos:

    Snow covered the streets of Tripoli and Duahyaha, Libya, Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

    Iris – Tunisia has witnessed severe cold during the last two days, along with snow

    Algeria has bitter cold and snow and a state of emergency;

    Algeria – The Snowfall and lack of preparation (Thanks IPCC) has led to angry protests
    (From Google translate)

    …Thousands of people out in the villages and Madacher yesterday both Ahras market and ڤalma and El Tarf, Skikda, Khanshalah, to protest in the streets against the local authorities ” left them to their fate on their own after snow blocked all catering outlets with food and Energetic “, as the population rose up against power outages as occurred in the municipality of El Eulma Annaba, where protesters did not hesitate to close the municipal headquarters to protest the situation tragic.

    Snow in libya;

    On the other side of the Mediterranean as I mention yesterday there was also snow.
    Snow in Palermo, Sicily
    (wwwDOT)youtube.com/watch?v=UbyPv8J-Hv8&index=1&list=PL00u99IRraJtn38lgAequUjc ZR_uFnkdY

    Roads Closed in Greece Due to Heavy Snowfall

    Icy weather and heavy snowfall has hit a large part of Greece, resulting in many roads closing in northern and central Greece, as well as near the capital….

    The heaviest snowfall that has occurred in recent years has also resulted in many ski resorts being closed since there is no way to access them. The ski resorts of Pella and Northern Peloponnese have been blocked due to the heavy snowfall.

    Motorists have been advised to avoid certain major roads on the Greek island of Euboea, as well as avoiding any type of travel in northern Greece.
    h t t p://greece(DOT)greekreporter.com/2014/12/30/roads-closed-in-greece-due-to-heavy-snowfall/

    Heavy snowfall and extreme cold in Turkey including the port city İzmir

    I love this photo. It says it all.

    As usual a H/T to Argiris Diamantis and the rest of the folks at IceAgeNow for bring us news that would otherwise stay hidden.

    • rah says:

      Snow in Palermo Sicily? ceagenow.info/2015/01/snow-palermo-sicily-video/

      • Gail Combs says:

        As I said Hat Tip to the folks at IceAgeNow. I try to go back to the original source so warmists have nothing to complain about.

        IceAgeNow does a great service in finding these events in the local media that never are reported in the mainstream media.

  16. Olaf Koenders says:

    How many times during my childhood of the early 70’s have we had anomalous seasons and weather, but it’s incomparable. The correct temperature for the planet is unknown.

    “Always in motion is the Force.”
    – Yoda 1979

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