Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t waste any time trying to connect “climate change” to an unusually severe thunderstorm system that prompted a tornado warning as it moved over the nation’s capital on Thursday.
But the way she went about it was so embarrassingly inaccurate that a meteorologist had to shut her down before it got any worse.
While severe weather events in the Washington, D.C., area aren’t as common as they are in the Midwest or Great Plains, they do happen, according to National Weather Service data.
Still, Ocasio-Cortez took to social media to create an Instagram story to hype the possible tornado as yet another example of the “climate crisis” plaguing the country.
As the storm blew over the city, she pointed to the rain and wind outside, followed by a panicked call to action.
“There’s people stuck outside!” she said in the video. “We need to get them out. This is crazy.”
Check out a portion of the video here, from a YouTube post by the Washington Examiner.
“Apparently the tornado moved/missed the city so quickly that they ended the warning shortly after,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to TheBlaze. She added, “apparently this is a thing that happens in the summer here? With increasing intensity?”
Um, yeah. It’s called spring weather.
According to TheBlaze, Ocasio-Cortez went on to quote a PBS story about a study that was done to find out if “climate change” increases the intensities of tornadoes.
“Tornadoes are challenging to link to climate change links due to their nature (geographically, limited, acute patterns, how they form, etc.), but we DO know that tornadoes HAVE been changing. They are no longer limited to the Great Plains, and are shifting to other regions of the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said, TheBlaze reported.
What she doesn’t point out, along with most other climate change alarmists, is that according to Weather.gov, it wasn’t until the 1800s that the United States started keeping weather records.
We really have no idea how tornadoes affected the country before then.
That means we’re talking about 150 to 200 years of recorded observations — at most — on a time scale that stretches for eons.
It’s not quite a literal blink of an eye, but it’s close.
And it’s the kind of measurement liberals want to use to project what the climate will be decades or centuries into the future.
And then Ocasio-Cortez dropped the line that was so bad that it compelled meteorologist Ryan Maue, a former adjunct scholar with the conservative Cato Institute, to step in and put her in her place, before too much of her nonsensical, fake climate change news spread further.
“The climate crisis is real, y’all,” she said, according to TheBlaze. “Guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country.”
Maue’s point was clear.
I thought this was fake but it’s from @AOC Instagram story.
No idea what she means with “casual tornadoes” and how this line of severe thunderstorms is proof of any “climate crisis”.
It’s just the weather in D.C. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/r015cScVZg
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 23, 2019
He followed that up with a comparison that’s almost certain to drive Ocasio-Cortez and her followers bonkers.
The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate.
Let’s try an easy analogy:
Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door.
Climate is your closet wardrobe. pic.twitter.com/mmdLr6F2mD
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 24, 2019
But it wasn’t just meteorologists who objected to Ocasio-Cortez’s hysteria.
Even self-described Democrats were unhappy with her embarrassing attempt to link a spring storm to a “climate crisis.”
I’m a dem but even our own politicians don’t know how the weather works. Literally anything unusual they blame on climate change. So annoying, one of my biggest gripes of the party
— Mitch Drabenstott (@mitchdwx) May 23, 2019
The fact that a meteorologist had to use social media to explain to a sitting U.S. representative the difference between weather and climate just goes to show how woefully unprepared Ocasio-Cortez is to represent anything, let alone a portion of the American people.
I didn’t even think it was possible at this point, but I think this debacle just topped her very long list of cringe-worthy moments.
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