August 27, 2011

"Scientist" Rejects Scientific Method to Mock Irene; Justifiably Mocked By World, Inexplicably Linked by Drudge

A man named Stephen Goddard running a web site he calls "Real Science" has certainly made an ass out of himself today, and ruined any credibility that he may have had as a scientist.

Goddard claims that Hurricane Irene is nothing of the sort, and that the mid-strength category 1 hurricane came on-shore in North Carolina this morning with winds no higher than 33MPH.

His "evidence" of a grand conspiracy of a massively over-hyped storm? Screen captures on his computer of Weather Underground information for Beaufort, Buxton, Wilmington, Jacksonville, and Greenville, NC, plus Norfolk, VA.

That's it.

Screen captures.

Ignore NOAA's Hurricane Hunters,, and Wunderground's own experts. Ignore what every local meteorologist is telling you, and ignore the live video of the pounding winds and rains being broadcast on ever local, national, and cable channel.

Ignore the tens or hundreds of thousands of people posting real-time pictures and first-hand accounts on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, social media sites, and the photo evidence being shared to their local media. Ignore the actual storm damage and surge levels utterly consistent with a large category 1 hurricane.

Weather truther Stephen Goddard looked at a couple of web pages and didn't like what he saw.


This is up there with the PrisonPlanet crap Drudge has taken a fancy to linking lately.

He's well on his way to becoming Alex Jones.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 27, 2011 04:40 PM

Wow, this is a pretty harsh post. He was 100% accurate. Irene came in slowly, and as of this moment there still have been no hurricane force winds on land.

Weather truther? That sounds like the name calling we should only expect from the left.

Posted by: Kevin at August 27, 2011 05:02 PM

I looked around at a number of weather stations on Weather Underground, and found quite a few in Irene's path with winds in excess of 80 mph.

Some personal weather stations don't update well with high wind speeds - we had a similar situation when hurricane Charlie blew through central Florida - low indicated wind speeds when trees were falling over and the rain was falling sideways...

Posted by: cirby at August 27, 2011 05:09 PM

I find Goddard's stuff very good and a relief to the crap that is out there in the name of "science". He is right about Irene, it is a big thunderstorm that was over hyped for political purpose. More face time for obama and the clowns.

Posted by: David Caskey at August 28, 2011 01:07 PM

Katrina was also a big thunderstorm.

The nogs were scarred into not looting. As such the government (Gov. Christie, Mayor Nutter, Bloomberg) hogged face-time but they made the right call.

Posted by: neobasher at August 28, 2011 04:24 PM

Sorry but Goddard was right. Irene made landfall close to Moorehead NC at about 0430 on the 27th. The wind speed recorded by NOAA, and published on their Weather site, was NE at 52 mpg with gusts to 69 mph.
The NOAA recorded wind speeds up the East Coast were in the 20 to 30 mph range with gusts in the
30 to 50 mph range.
This was not a hurricane.
You can check this by going to NOAA weather and checking the 3 day hourly reports.
You owe Goddard an apology

Posted by: Paul Roberts at August 28, 2011 06:12 PM

Wait a minute. There's actually a weather website called "Weather Underground"?

Posted by: brando at August 29, 2011 08:54 AM