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CNN Anchor Bill Weir Angers Fox Nation, Calling Them 'Ignorant F*cksticks'

Bill Weir of CNN doesn’t think much of climate change deniers, and let out a ‘colorful’ tweet earlier today you don’t often see from cable news anchors.

via The Wrap

Bill Weir is not impressed with Fox News site’s weather story

CNN anchor Bill Weir didn’t mince words in his assessment of a Fox Nation post.

“Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings,” read the headline of a post on Fox News’ opinion and aggregation site. The story, from the Washington Times, noted that while Gore’s group has linked global warming to hot temperatures, Denver was 58 degrees and rainy on the day of the hearings.

To which Weir replied on Twitter: “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant fucksticks.”

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Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Over the past twelve years, we’ve seen tens of thousands of tornado warnings across the United States. Almost every major city east of the Rocky Mountains has seen a tornado warning at some point since 2002, and the resulting maps are pretty cool looking.

The National Weather Service began issuing “storm based warnings” in 2007, which limited the scope of tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings to the immediate areas that were impacted by the warning. Before 2007, warnings were issued on a county basis, even if only a small part of the county was affected by severe weather.

These maps show all 38,728 tornado warnings issued between January 1, 2002 and around midnight on July 23, 2014. Over that twelve-and-a-half year span of time, there were three states that saw every square inch of land go under a tornado warning at least once: Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Arkansas and Indiana came very close to complete coverage, but there was one extremely small area (about a few square miles each) that didn’t go under a warning in each state.

Be sure to expand the maps using the link on the top-left of each image, as compression distorts the details.

Northeastern United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Southeastern United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee with 100% Coverage:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND1

North-Central United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Central United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Southwestern United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Northwestern United States:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND


Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Puerto Rico:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

Although there have been two recorded tornadoes in Alaska since 1950, the National Weather Service has never issued a tornado warning in the state.

For the heck of it, here’s a count of all the tornado warnings issued by each National Weather Service office since January 1, 2005, proving once again that Dixie Alley is alive and well:

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002EXPAND

[All marked warning maps by the author, total tornado warning count map by IEM]

[Correction: The NWS started issuing storm based warning polygons in 2007, not 2002 as I originally stated. I’ve fixed the error.]

Source: Dennis Mersereau for The Vane on Gawker


People Who Complain About Tornado Coverage Deserve to Miss Their ShowsEXPAND

Deadspin covered the fallout from a television station in New York breaking into the last few minutes of the final game of the World Cup for a tornado warning in the station’s viewing area. When it comes to severe weather, news stations put viewer safety over programming every time, and people who complain about it deserve to miss their shows.

People Who Complain About Tornado Coverage Deserve to Miss Their ShowsEXPAND

Most television stations in the United States have policies in place that require their weather personnel to break into programming when a tornado warning is issued in their viewing area. As tornado warnings are only issued during imminent life-threatening severe weather situations, meteorologists need to get the word out as fast as they can so people in the way of the storms can take cover just in case the worst happens.

Each and every time broadcast meteorologists have to break into programming, dozens and sometimes even hundreds of people take to the internet to chew them out for opting to give priority to safety rather than entertainment. The complaints are almost always from folks not in harm’s way, representing the most basic type of selfish screw-you-I’ve-got-mine mindset — your entertainment is more important than your neighbor’s safety. Screw that noise.

People Who Complain About Tornado Coverage Deserve to Miss Their ShowsEXPAND

Whether it’s really selfish behavior or just a sign of immaturity, it’s amazing that full-grown adults would send vulgar tweets and sometimes even threaten people’s lives on social media and via email when stations have to cut into programming to cover a tornado warning.

The angry, barely-knowledgeable internet user will point out that since the National Weather Service’s false alarm rate for tornado warnings is near 75%, stations should ignore most tornado warnings and choose to show scheduled programming, or they should show weather coverage on a different station and just run a tiny crawl across the screen rather than break into the Super Important Life-Saving World Cup Game of the Century.

Again, screw that. Tornado coverage is more nuanced than scrolling “x County is under a tornado warning until 600PM” at the bottom of the screen at size 8 font. It can save lives in the event that the storm really does produce a tornado that hits populated areas.

The right to find out about a potential tornado barreling towards one’s house trumps one’s “right” to watch the final few minutes of the World Cup or the newest episode of Big Brother.

If these adults — again, I emphasize adults because for the most part these aren’t just some fifteen-year-olds mouthing off on Twitter — can’t understand that, then they deserve to miss whatever television show they covet more than the safety of others.

Priorities, people. Learn them.

Source: Dennis Mersereau for Gawker


A news anchor for KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is fed up with people complaining that severe weather coverage is preempting their precious television programs, so she launched into a mini-rant to let the whiny viewers know what she thinks of them.

Parts of the Plains and Midwest states experienced a pretty hefty severe weather outbreak on Sunday, producing copious amounts of hail and several tornadoes. Many of the storms crossed into the area around Sioux Falls, South Dakota, prompting local television stations to preempt programming to cover the weather.

After airing a segment about KSFY viewers receiving the station’s warnings and getting to safety before the tornado hit, anchor Nancy Naeve let loose in about as strong of a rant as you can get away with on a local news broadcast in South Dakota:

And people just berated our station for him being on air. But I tell you what — if it was your home and your neighbors, you would feel differently, so please don’t do that, that’s not nice.

People whining that their precious television shows are more important than people getting tornado warnings is nothing new, and it’s something that television meteorologists and their stations have had to deal with for decades. Almost every local news station has a policy in place that if there is a tornado warning in any part of their viewing area, they must stay on the air until the warning is expired or the threat diminishes.

At the beginning of April, the same thing happened during a severe weather outbreak, but over a wider area. Twitter was filled with vitriolic messages for news stations and weathermen, and broadcast meteorologists damn near tripped over themselves relaying to me all of the horror stories they have after having to break into a popular program for severe weather coverage.

It’s a phenomenon that plays out time and time again. If the storm misses the whiners, the warning was the biggest inconvenience of their lives, so how dare those bastards warn other people! They’ve got shows to watch.

As Naeve said in the video, and as I wrote in that post back in April, most stations make shows available online within a few days.

Here are the links to every network’s cache of television shows they’ve uploaded to their websites:

NBC’s Full Episodes

ABC’s Full Episodes

FOX’s Full Episodes

CBS’ Full Episodes

CW’s Full Episodes

There you go. Now you can watch your shows without being interrupted.

If that’s not good enough, nobody is sorry for the complainers. Other people receiving life-saving severe weather warnings is more important than seeing the final episode of Once Upon a Time.

[Video via YouTube | h/t James Spann]

Source: Dennis Mersereau for The Vane on Gawker


A group of senators is asking for more broadcast coverage on climate change, following a Media Matters analysis which found that Sunday shows aired only scant coverage on the issue last year.

On Thursday, January 16, a letter spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was sent to the top executives of four major television networks, expressing “deep concern” about the lack of coverage on global warming, deeming it a “serious environmental crisis” which “poses a huge threat to our nation and the global community.” The letter cited findings from a recent Media Matters study, which revealed that Sunday news shows dedicated merely 27 minutes of coverage to the issue of climate change throughout all of 2013. They wrote that “this is an absurdly short amount of time for a subject of such importance.”

The senators concluded with a call to action: “We urge you to take action in the near term to correct this oversight and provide your viewers, the American public, with greater discussion of this important issue that impacts everyone on the planet.”

The other senators that signed the letter were Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).


h/t: ProgLegs at Daily Kos

Glenn Beck kicked off his television program last night with a fake local newscast reporting on the record-breaking cold weather that has engulfed much of the country for the last few days in order to drive home the right-wing theory that climate change cannot be real because it still gets cold and snows.

During the segment, it even began “snowing” in the studio, which is why Beck was covered in glitter when he got serious and told his audience that, a hundred years from now, people will look back on this period in time as “the biggest theft ever in the history of the world” since the effort to fight climate change is nothing more than "a push for more power and to take more of your money."


From the 01.07.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV’s The Glenn Beck Program:

h/t: RWW

Today on the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that the recent cold snap in North America and a ship stuck in Antarctica prove that climate change is nothing but a myth. Of course, both of his assertions are extremely dubious. While the New York Times notes that “97 to 98 percent of working climate scientists accept the evidence for human-induced climate change,” Robertson claimed that the scientists are merely lying to make money…something Robertson would never do.

“It’s getting warmer in Jupiter—and they don’t have any SUVs driving around in Jupiter—it has nothing to do with greenhouse gases it has to do with the action of the sun, there’s either two much sun or not enough sun,” Robertson said. “Think about how much money is involved. It’s money, they’re going to get a river of money.”

“Then you have politicians who want to take control and the progressives always want control, just like with health care, they want control; the EPA in America wants control of all of our energy.”

From the 01.07.2014 edition of CBN’s The 700 Club:

h/t: RWW

Snow outside of my house in Granite City.

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America Needs Fatima, a project of the right-wing American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, is linking the tornadoes that hit Illinois this weekend to the state’s recent approval of a marriage equality bill. Robert Ritchie, the group’s executive director, is just asking the question:

Do you think the massive Illinois tornadoes are linked to the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill?

The massive tornadoes that hit Illinois after the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill, has stimulated many people to reflection.

In it, some see God’s chastisement; others see it as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons.

What do you think?

Ritchie also offers a link to an America Needs Fatima article, “Is the Voice of God Resounding in the Recent Catastrophes,” which blames homosexuality for several natural disasters.


h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Wise move on The Weather Channel’s part.



Colorado Floods Changed Landscape, Wrought Environmental Damage

As Colorado residents and businesses clean up from September’s devastating floods and continue to assess damage, one thing is already clear: The waters have left a lasting legacy on the environment.

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The torrential rains in Colorado this week have resulted in flooding which has killed several people so far. This flooding is made worse by multiple dams which have already failed due to overfill, with dozens more at risk.

Why are they at risk? It turns out that state Republicans have blocked bills to deal with repair or maintenance on infrastructure throughout the state. These efforts, done in the name of fiscal conservatism, do not save money at all, and wind up costing far more than the money saved. Several bridges and dams had already failed before the flooding, which makes the added stress of the current conditions too much to bear. It is reported that over 100 bridges are unsafe while the number of dams nearing failure continues to climb, with over 300 dams listed as at-risk, and two dozen as of extreme risk.

The department tasked with managing the repairs for dams in the state is woefully understaffed and underbudgeted, and the state Republicans refuse to fund any repairs in their push for “small government.” This flies in the face of the reality of aging dam infrastructure across the United States, with 85% to be over a half-century old by 2020.

This is not a new scenario, of failure to maintain key infrastructure leading to disaster. In fact, it is a scenario the people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania know too well. In a wave of privatization in the late 1870′s, the state of Pennsylvania sold several key areas of the south fork river, including the South Fork Dam, to private interests. This eventually landed with a group of private developers, who used the land to found the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club in 1881. It was host to notables such as Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, and a few dozen other of the wealthiest men in America. It was said that letting private hands manage the dam, which held back the reported 20 million tons of water of Lake Conemaugh, would be more cost-effective than having the state manage it. Instead, the private hands sold off the drain management systems for the value of the iron scrap, making it impossible to regulate the lake water level, and the dam fell into disrepair as ‘turning a profit’ was more important than maintaining the earthen structure.

On May 31, 1889, after several days of hard rain, the South Fork Dam gave way. In the path of the 20 million tons of water, the town of Johnstown.

Read this first hand report by 6-year-old Gertrude Quinn Slattery, a victim of the Johnstown flood, to remind us of the horror which the Republicans seek to engineer on a nationwide scale:

“I had great faith that I would not be abandoned,” she wrote. “While my thoughts were thus engaged, a large roof came floating toward me with about twenty people on it. I cried and called across the water to them to help me. This, of course they could not do. The roof was big, and they were all holding on for dear life, feeling every minute that they would be tossed to death. While I watched I kept praying, calling, and begging someone to save me. Then I saw a man come to the edge, the others holding him and talking excitedly. I could see they were trying to restrain him but he kept pulling to get away which he finally did, and plunged into the swirling waters and disappeared.

Then his head appeared and I could see he was looking in my direction and I called, cried, and begged him to come to me. He kept going down and coming up, sometimes lost to my sight entirely, only to come up next time much closer to my raft. The water was now between fifteen and twenty feet deep.Johnstown_flood_debris

“As I sat watching this man struggling in the water my mind was firmly fixed on the fact that he was my saviour. At last he reached me, drew himself up and over the side of the mattress and lifted me up. I put both arms around his neck and held on to him like grim death. Together we went downstream with the ebb and flow of the reflex to the accompaniment of crunching, grinding, gurgling, splashing and crying and moaning of many. After drifting about we saw a little white building, standing at the edge of the water, apparently where the hill began. At the window were two men with poles helping to rescue people floating by. I was too far out for the poles, so the men called:

‘Throw that baby over here to us.’

“My hero said: ‘Do you think you can catch her?’

“They said: ‘We can try.’”

“So Maxwell McAchren threw me across the water (some say twenty feet, others fifteen. I could never find out, so I leave it to your imagination. It was considered a great feat in the town, I know.)”

The total death toll was 2,209, including 396 children. It was the single most devastating event in US history up till that point. And it was caused by privatization, by greed, by hubris, by “small government.” In other words, by the same forces at work across the country and displayed in Colorado today.

Government regulations are not there for the good times, they are there so when the bad times comes, it is a minor issue, not a major catastrophe. The results of the Johnstown flood was the adoption ofstrict liability in US Law, replacing the previous form of fault-based liability which allowed the super-rich to get away with the massive deaths that rainy day so many years ago. Of course, there is an attack on this rule as well, called “Tort Reform.” They want none of it, they want to undo the entire 20th century, to turn the United States into a 3rd world nation, no longer a world powerhouse but instead a banana republic.

We hope for the people of Colorado that the rains pass soon, and that the worst case scenario does not happen. Do not believe their claims of ‘fiscal responsibility’ for their ideas cost far more than any short-term money saved. However, unless they excise the “small government” Republicans within their state as well as nationwide, even if the worst case scenario does not happen this time, it is a ticking time bomb.

Just ask the people of Johnstown, PA.