I hate air pollution.

When I travel in Manila, I have to use an asthma inhaler to stop an attack. Here in the provinces, I only have to use an inhaler in spring, when they burn off the weeds in the fields.

However, science reporting on “green” issues often is so inaccurate that a lot of us who believe in global warming and fighting pollution have to wonder why they need bad logic and poorly written experiments to prove their point.

One wonders how intelligent sites like Nat Geo put up headlines such as this one:

Why Tornadoes take the weekends off in summer.

Tornadoes and hailstorms may take the weekends off during the muggy summer months, according to a new study that reveals new ways human activity can inadvertently sway weather.

Scientists analyzed summertime storm activity in the eastern U.S. from 1995 to 2009 using data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.

They discovered that tornadoes and hailstorms occurred at a rate of about 20 percent above average during the middle of the week. In contrast, the phenomena occurred at a rate of roughly 20 percent below average on the weekend.

The findings proved statistically significant—not just a random pattern—and matched up wellwith similar cycles seen in other kinds of storms, the study authors say.

So far so good.

But then you get the part that makes one roll up one’s eyes in amazement:

The team then investigated Environmental Protection Agency air-quality monitoring data and noted that human-made, summertime air pollution over the eastern U.S. peaks midweek. The cycle is linked to more human-made pollution created during the five-day workweek, such as commuters driving to and from work.

(emphasis mine).

Yeah, particulate matter can preticipate rain. That’s a well known fact. But how does eastern US pollution cause tornadoes in Oklahoma?

Most tornadoes occur in “flyover country“, so for those of you living on the coasts of the US,or outside the USA, here is a map of industrial areas in the USA, where presumably pollution comes from:

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here is a map of prevailing surface winds in the continental USA: yes, it is actually showing where fallout would be spread, but if you apply the windpattern to the first map, you can get the idea about how pollution would spread  from major industrial industrial centers:
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and here is a map of Tornado alley.

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now, someone tell these bozos that pollution from New York City and other east coast cities aren’t the reason we had to hide in a tornado cellar during summers when we lived in Oklahoma…

Actually, the writer admits this in the Nat Geo article, if you bother to read the whole thing.

The pollution-storm pattern is not seen in the western U.S. because the air is too dry and the cloud masses too high and cold for air pollution to influence weather the same way, said study co-author Daniel Rosenfeld, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

(Emphasis mine).

In other words, the claim is a “non sequitor”, and the claim of pollution causing tornadoes is not proven. Not just unproven, but the article makes a lot of us wonder how it got published into a peer reviewed scientific journal in the first place.

This may be the reason why:

Overall, the research “provides yet another good reason for reducing air pollution,” Rosenfeld said.

So if you supply bad science to “prove” the wanted conclusion, you too can be published, because no one wants to go against the religion of Global warming that is so politically correct in too much of environmental science.

Just don’t expect a lot of us to believe you. Like children from crying “Look, mom, the King has no clothes on”,  those who protest bad science behind global warming and much of what is reported as truth on green sites are doing it, not because we distrust the “king” but because scientific accuracy and truth should be more important than letting bad science inform policy.

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