The CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere hit record high this year averaging at 400 ppm (parts per million). Climate change activists — formerly known as global warming activists until the Earth stopped warming — have been claiming that with the rise of CO2 comes the rise of extreme weather patterns. However, this isn’t panning out.
2013 has set the record for the highest concentration of CO2 while posting significantly low numbers of incidents of extreme weather which should have been higher…if CO2 causes the mayhem climate activists suggest. So far we have seen low numbers of tornadoes, hurricanes, and days with temperatures greater than 100°.
The average number of tornadoes in the US at this time of year is 1369. As of Oct. 20th, there have been 772, only a little more than half.
Climate activists have also assured us that with rising CO2 concentrations would bring an increase of hurricanes and tropical storms. Not only would there be more, they would be more severe. Over the course of the past 44 years, on average the Atlantic Basin sees 11.8 named storms, 6.3 hurricanes, and 2.4 major hurricanes. However, this year tropical storm and hurricane activity has been significantly less. So far we have had only two hurricanes (average through early October is 5) and neither of them reached major hurricane status. Even the Accumulated Cyclone Energy is 70% lower than normal measurement at this same time on the average year.
Lastly, it also turns out that 2013 has given us the lowest number of days with temperatures greater than 100°. With the CO2 levels at all-time record highs, we have nearly an all time record low number of extreme heat days.
Here’s why this is all significant. If high concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere in fact causes warming and extreme weather events in both quantity and severity, then the weather must reflect the increased CO2 levels. If not, then high CO2 levels do not cause extreme weather, but is instead a mere correlation.