I actually get a mind cramp having to write down stuff like this. It is utter foolishness. However, I attempt to discover the teachable moments in all of it. In case you haven’t observed, we’re at present residing a actuality by which folks imagine COVID-19 is deliberate by the federal government or that completely professional elections had been one way or the other fraudulent. There are additionally people who imagine the Earth is flat, local weather change is a hoax, or that contrails from airplanes are some mind-controlling ploy. Geez, the place is Bigfoot while you want him? Such issues are so pervasive proper now that it actually was not stunning to see a fact-checking article explaining how President Joe Biden didn’t trigger the winter storm that lately crippled Texas and different components of the U.S.
Daniel Funke, writing for Politifact, actually needed to debunk a Facebook put up that claimed President Biden manipulated the climate and managed the jet stream to trigger the winter storm. I’m an atmospheric sciences professor on the University of Georgia and the previous President of the American Meteorological Society, the nation’s largest weather-related skilled society. I’ve served on knowledgeable research for the National Academies, suggested Congress and White House officers, and chaired NASA’s Earth Science Advisory Committee. I can guarantee you that there isn’t any climate manipulation capability like that.
Believe it or not, wacky conspiracy theories emerged saying that presidential candidate Barack Obama engineered Hurricane Sandy to assist him when the 2012 Presidential Election. My query is, “wow, how did a candidate get all that mythical power?” All kidding apart, they blamed one thing referred to as HAARP, which stands for The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program. While it’s the topic of quite a few conspiracy idea corners of the world, it is actually a legitimate research program that makes use of a high-power, high-frequency transmitter to review the ionosphere. Before you freak out about them transmitting stuff, it’s helpful to remind everybody that weather radars transmit pulses of microwave power into the air every single day to inform us whether or not it’s raining.
Chemtrails are sometimes cited as weapons for thoughts management or climate manipulation. Those white cloud trails (contrails) coming from airplanes flying at very chilly altitudes are attributable to fundamental physics processes. However, someplace alongside the best way conspiracy theorists began claiming they’re chemical-laden weapons. This stuff has gotten thus far out of hand that Dr. Keith Seitter, government director of the American Meteorological Society, penned an editorial entitled, “Chemtrails, HAARP, and Dealing with Misinformation.”
Jet streams are sturdy bands of wind encircling the globe which have direct affect on our climate patterns. The current Texas winter storm was associated to the jet stream. Many local weather scientists, based mostly on current research, imagine that periodic (and sudden) warming of the stratosphere over the Arctic is linked to weakening of the Polar Vortex. This can occur naturally by the best way. When it occurs, lobes of the jet stream can plunge further into the lower 48 states bringing Arctic chilly air. While there’s nonetheless debate amongst scientists, a reputable physique of peer-reviewed papers counsel that Arctic Amplification (area warming quicker as a consequence of anthropogenic actions and feedbacks as a consequence of lack of sea ice) is resulting in extra frequent weakened Polar Vortex occasions or “wavier” jet stream patterns.
I included the aforementioned info as a result of regardless that there are not any hidden weapons controlling our jet stream patterns, climate change, due in part to human activity, is likely altering our weather patterns. To be clear, there definitely are climate modification efforts:
Historically, outcomes of those strategies have been combined as reported within the scholarly literature. At instances, I get the query about dropping a nuclear bomb into hurricanes. My 2019 article in Forbes explains why that may be a dangerous concept.
There are additionally inadvertent ways that human activities can modify the weather. They embody:
- Air air pollution blocking photo voltaic power.
- Air air pollution particles from ships, planes, or factories seeding clouds (By the best way, take a look at the data under shared by Birmingham TV meteorologist James Spann on Facebook exhibiting attainable factory-enhanced snow bathe in Alabama). I as soon as printed an summary of the same occasion in Kansas.
- Land use modifications (deforestation, irrigation, overgrazing, agriculture, urbanization) modifying temperature, humidity, cloud, and rainfall patterns.