The claim that rising global surface temperatures will induce more storm activity is contradicted by observations.
Scientists reporting on the contrasting albedo effects of clouds in the Northern vs. Southern Hemispheres (Blanco et al., 2023) assess clouds have a “profound” effect on the global radiation budget and thus our climate.
The Southern Hemisphere is cloudier than the Northern Hemisphere at the same latitudes, and hence the sea surface temperatures are colder.
In contrast to the claim that warmer temperatures fuel more storms and stronger winds, cloud-albedo-induced colder temperatures are viewed as a trigger (“cloud-controlling factor”) for the stronger Southern Hemisphere’s wind speeds and storm tracks.
This is the opposite of what is claimed by proponents of anthropogenic global warming, as it implies we get fewer or less intense storms as the surface warms.
Image Source: Blanco et al., 2023
Theoretical physics also supports the observation that warmer surface temperatures lead to fewer, not more, storm events. Heat reduces the capacity for the hydrological cycle to do work, or power “large-scale atmospheric circulation or…very intense storms” (Laliberte et al., 2015).
Image Source: Laliberte et al., 2015
Indeed, long-term storm records also support the conclusion that colder periods have more and stronger storms, and warmer periods have fewer and less intense storms. (Degeai et al., 2015).
Image Source: Degeai et al., 2015
The alleged negative effects of having a warmer world are, once again, contradicted by observations.
May 11, 2023 at 12:28PM