Well, it looks like Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald stepped on a rake again; this time concerning the weather, hurricanes, and climate change. Our friends at Twitchy captured the hilarity, as the Eichenwald claimed to use some irrefutable climate change equation that measures the strength of a hurricane.
Right now, we have three major storms, Irma, Jose, and Katia, and climate change is certainly going to be a topic of discussion, despite the fact we're still in hurricane season, so these storms forming is not an entirely alien event. Irma is the strongest storm to ever come from the Atlantic, however.
We can always have a debate about climate change, but when you use junk science to prove your point--it's time to talk about something else. You're not helping anyone. In a now deleted tweet, Eichenwald wrote, “I’m not a scientist. I used a climate change equation &, using sea surface temps, predicted Irma intensity growth & timing. 100% correct.” Well, one meteorologist, Ryan Maue, called BS on Eichenwald’s mathematics, as did other data crunchers from other outlets, including The Washington Post. Still, Eichenwald deleted the tweet because “idiots aren’t getting the point. Climatologists use math to calculate. Math works. Idiots use Fox News.”
Hurricane Irma - most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history - has made its first landfall in islands of northeast Caribbean— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) September 6, 2017
I am a hurricane scientist and this is bullshit. That's all. https://t.co/cqbiKAqasZ— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 5, 2017
Folks like this hurt advocates of climate change readiness more than anything else. Asinine is the kindest way to describe it. https://t.co/ufw3iAnrvV— Stephen Stirling (@SStirling) September 5, 2017
I'm not a mathematician. I used a bullshit equation to predict this tweet. 100% correct. https://t.co/cogUdyOojX— Steven Rich (@dataeditor) September 5, 2017
OMFG this is literally the funniest thing in the history of Twitter pic.twitter.com/JjmoVOCw6Z— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 5, 2017
It continues to get worse... pic.twitter.com/FOvxsyVGQ1— Karen (@Black999sunday) September 5, 2017
If you're not a scientist stop playing a scientist. Hurricane intensity changes remain complex and not entirely understood. https://t.co/BrV6Soo8ja— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) September 5, 2017
Yeah, it wasn’t Fox News calling you out, sir. Sadly, this isn’t as funny as Eichenwald’s tentacle porn incident, which I will not go into because well, it’s just super weird.