Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It Rained in Washington DC on Monday and AOC Went Into Full Scare the Masses Mode

AOC concerned about summer rain.
By Robert Wenzel

At Reagan National Airport, Washington D.C.’s official weather observing location, 3.44 inches of rain was recorded as falling on Monday.

This put the socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into full "the sky is falling mode." She tweeted out.

First, let's put her concern about 90-degree weather in Alaska in perspective.

It happens. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was in Fort Yukon  on 6/27/1915, 100 degrees fahrenheit. In Fairbanks, it hit 96 in 1969 and Juneau 90 in 1975.

Now about that D.C. summer rain

Kevin Williams, a 40-year meteorologist, slapped down with a tweet her fear-mongering in less time than it takes to open a Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella:
Even the climate-fear mongering Washington Post had to admit that the "maximum zone of rain was as narrow as it was intense. Totals in Washington’s western suburbs were considerably lower, with 1.05 inches recorded at Dulles International Airport. At Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, to the northeast, only 0.74 inches fell."

In short, the no big deal heavy rain pretty much just fell on AOC's head.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.comand Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bankand most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.


  1. Science! Climate change is real, yet gender and biology are a social construct. Sounds legit.

  2. I’m the 30’s Fairbanks had several years where temps hit in the 50’s in January. That’s 50 above zero. I’ve lived here 20 years and we hit 50 below zero every January.
    I’ve seen it in the 90’s several times here, it just doesn’t always register at the airport. I’ve was in Coldfoot in the summer of ‘01 working when it was in the 90’s several days that summer and we got 6” of snow on the 4th of July. That’s 70 miles north of the arctic circle. Climate change is natural, politicians are the real global threat.

    1. Man, I really need to get to that part of the country. It sounds awesome.

    2. It really is. Absolutely amazing. Weather wise, we say here if you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes, it changes that much. 150+ degrees in temperature swing from winter to summer. Alaska, to me anyway, is the only place to be.

  3. The current weather patterns remind me very much of the 1970s when the scare in vogue was global cooling.

    Of course then there was no 24 hour weather channel turning every shower into segments on how to survive today's doom-and-gloom. There were also fewer people building in flood zones subsidized by taxpayer-funded flood insurance.

  4. Of course, all the frozen ground and rivers in Nebraska which resulted in floods was caused by Global Warming, right. Just as the AOC types have predicted for decades:

    The 1- to 3-inch rainfall the storm delivered wasn’t extraordinary. But it fell on snow rich with water. In Omaha, several inches of snow remained on the ground, remnants of the 30 inches that had fallen since early February, itself a record-setting month for snow.

    Across eastern Nebraska, locked in that snow was 1 to 3 inches of water, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center. Beneath that snow was frozen ground — unable to absorb the runoff. In a sense, eastern Nebraska was one big concrete parking lot, and the equivalent of a 2- to 6-inch rainfall was about to wash off it.

    As if that weren’t bad enough, there wasn’t the usual amount of room in eastern Nebraska’s rivers. They were already high as they continued to drain away last fall’s abundant rains. For Nebraska, September through February was the fifth-wettest fall-winter in 124 years of records, said Dan Pydynowski, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald’s weather consultant.

    And to top it off, the last half of winter had been so cold; Nebraska had its eighth-coldest February in 124 years, Iowa its 15th. Those rivers were covered by sheets of ice up to 20 inches thick.


    1. That's why it's now referred to as "whacky weather".

      If temperature rises, it proves my hypothesis.

      If temperature falls, it proves my hypothesis.

      Temperature will, most likely, rise or fall.



  5. I would ask AOC and her ilk; Let's assume climate change is real, at what point do we know we have fixed climate change? What number or temperature is our goal so we are not just perpetually throwing money at a problem? Unless that can be answered they are just p'ing on our leg and telling us it's raining.

  6. Look!
    Up in the sky!
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane
    No! It’s AOC’s torrential Bane!
    It’s Climate Change!

  7. Claims of anthropogenic climate change rely heavily on feedback sensitivities. The IPCC uses very large sensitivity attributed to CO2 while leaving out strong negative feedback to aspects such as clouds.

    Climate alarmist do not include Solar Physicists as climate scientist in their 97% claim. Leaving out the effects of the sun and other phenomena beyond earth’s atmosphere, such as gamma rays, is purposefully ignoring what may be the biggest factors in long term climate

  8. Of course the face of the young Idiocracy AOC is the human chicken little at every turn. I mean just look at her ... if it looks like a chicken and squawks ... well you know.

  9. People that use global warming models that don’t consider the effects of the sun will predict future behavior as well as economists that try to predict the future of the economy without looking at money supply growth.

    I doubt that humans have enough recorded observations of weather phenomena to determine what is “normal” weather and what is not “normal”. Humans have been recording weather data for, what, a couple hundred years at most? Hardly seems long enough to establish what normal looks like, or what causes San Francisco to be foggy.

    I don’t think the issue is so much the weather as it is what happens when the weather passes over the earth. I think a lot of the flooding, rise in sea levels, etc. is impacted by what we have done to change the landscape. Consider: It is said that when the first settlers arrived in North America, the forests were so thick that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River without ever touching the ground. One of the founders of permaculture Bill Mollison has been quoted as saying that the forest floor is a lake due to how much moisture it holds. A 1979 book on small scale farming I am reading states that when the first European settlers crossed into the Midwest and broke ground, the virgin soil was 3 feet thick. The average thickness is now 6 inches or less. This book and other sources I have come across claim that America’s biggest export is its topsoil. Poor farming practices have resulted in a billion dump truck loads of topsoil being washed into the rivers every year and floating out to sea. Overuse of natural aquifers formed over thousands or tens of thousands of years has depleted them to the point where some of them have collapsed and are lost forever. One source I came across indicated that parts of Kansas are 8-9 feet lower in elevation than they originally were on account of how much the aquifers have been depleted. Without topsoil and forest floors, the earth cannot slow, sink, and spread the rain, locking it underground. Combine that with how many millions of acres of land have been concreted over with roads or concrete jungles, with how much more land every year becomes populated with human beings, and the result is that rainwater is now channeled into smaller and smaller places, and those places have no capacity to store the water, so it is just going to keep moving to the lowest level, damaging property along the way as too much water has to go through the knothole at once. And instead of vast swaths of forested, water rich land to absorb and moderate the effects of the sun’s heat, we now have concrete jungles and deforested land that just bakes in the heat.

    These problems will never be solved by government. They can only be solved by private citizens living in a private property society who focus on care of the earth, care of people, and return of surplus.

    1. Yet again we have an example of unintended consequences of government interference.

      The prairies that once dominated the central part of the US were fertile grass lands with tall grasses on the more precipitous east and short grasses on the more arid west with mixed grasses in the middle. The tall grasses averaged about 6’ tall.

      The Homestead Act of 1862, which excluded Confederates, was politically motivated to settle the land with Union sympathizers and keep the Confederate states from spreading west. Before this act settlers considered the prairies unlivable mostly due to the lack of trees, which the US government thought they could rectify with the Timber Culture Act of 1873. Indians and bison were also a deterrent.

      The Homestead Act was sold as a program for the pour to acquire property. But most of the land went to cronies. Only 80 million acres of the 500 million acres dispersed by the General Land Office went to homesteaders.

      What would the Midwest be today without government involvement in its settlement? Impossible to say. IMO practices similar to “Grass Farmer” Joel Salatin would lead to the best results for all.

  10. The climate alarmists promised us dry and hot. Here in Chicago we got cold and wet. As wet and cold as it has been it's close or just exceeding the 19th century records when CO2 was under 300ppm.

    What AOC is practicing is the oldest ruling class scam. Obey them and the weather will be good, disobey them and the weather will be bad.

  11. DC has seen a pretty good storm before. But I suppose AOC’s history doesn’t go back further than Marx.