Katherine Hayhoe fascinates me, because she seamlessly integrates her two religions – while violating the fundamental tenets of both. Science and Christianity both demand honesty.
she stated “I’ve been here (in Lubbock) for five years and in five years …… we’ve had two 100-year rain events.”
We have already seen that, although there was one heavy localised storm in Lubbock on 11th Sep 2008, this sort of rainfall was not unusual in West Texas. The local National Weather Service also confirmed that it was caused by “Moisture brought in from Tropical Storm Lowell in the Pacific Ocean, low lying moisture and a front combined to create the flood”. In other words, nothing to do with global warming.
However, the second event she refers to seems to be a bit of a mystery. According to Weather Underground records, since 2004 the next highest day’s rainfall in Lubbock was 83mm on 3rd July 2010. This can hardly be called a “100 year event”, Katharine. This sort of rainfall comes along every couple of years on average in that part of Texas.
Below is a graph of the 100 rainiest days in Crosbyton, Texas (the closest USHCN station to Lubbock.) Only one of the top ten rains has been in the last ten years. Two of the three rainiest days occurred in 1913. The rainiest day occurred in 1913. There is no evidence of a trend towards heavier rains.
Katherine seems to have no difficulty bearing false witness about the climate, while claiming to be a Christian and a scientist.