Sceptics argue that there have always been droughts and floods, freak weather, heatwaves and temperature extremes, but what concerns most climate scientists and observers is that the extreme weather events are occurring more frequently, their intensity is growing and the trends all suggest long-term change as greenhouse gases steadily build in the atmosphere.
So what we need to do is compile a database of these \”extreme weather\” events.
How many, of what type, have occurred in previous years/decades/centuries.
Then we need to make a few adjustments.
1) We know that we\’re better at measuring these things now so we should adjust for that.
2) We know that the longer the time series the more extreme the extremes will be….a once in a 100 year temperature probably won\’t appear in a ten year record but probably will in a 200 year one. So we must adjust for that.
3) We must not use monetary damages as our measure: there\’s more money and more things to be damaged these days.
OK, then we can work out whether there really are more extreme weather events or not.
Remove this from a \”he said, she said\” between gorbal worming propagandists and denialists and go and uncover the incontrovertible truth.
You know, do some science?
Or would that be just too inconvenient for both sides?