Joe Bastardi / March 21, 2018

Flying Monkeys in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Flying Rivers for Al Gore

Oh my. We have moved from “flying monkeys” in “The Wizard of Oz” to “flying rivers” also threatening our well-being.

Oh my. We have moved from “flying monkeys” in “The Wizard of Oz” to “flying rivers” also threatening our well-being.

The latter term — an example of what I describe in my book as climate ambulance chasing — is from none other than Al Gore. Since he is known in some circle as “The Goracle,” I suppose his term is in the same genre as “The Wizard of Oz.”

Ever hear the saying, “You have to see it to believe it”? Well, rather than bore you with the details, read this.

Here’s the amazing part. This has been going on since who knows when. There is nothing magical or mystical about the fact that what happened yesterday can happen again today. What better simile is there to the current system over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast than the 1958 storm, which dumped far greater amounts of liquid and snow overall?

Here is the weather map from March 20, 1958:

This evening's map is amazingly similar. It’s almost spooky, like the 1962 analogs we have shown.

There is a striking similarity between the great 1958 storm and today’s. The only real difference is the heaviest snow will show up west, not east, of Philadelphia.

It hit me after hearing Al Gore talk about “flying rivers” (get ready, young meteorology students, you will have to learn about this) that the 1958 storm may have gotten caught up in this “newly discovered” atmospheric phenomena.

In a way, aren’t these big storms like the film “Love Story” among weather nuts like me and you? I believe Gore made some comment about “Love Story” having something to do with him.

With over 10 inches of liquid and 54 inches of snow at Morgantown, Pennsylvania, with the 1958 storm, it appears to me that there can only be one explanation: Al Gore has discovered yet another phenomenon to explain what nature is up too. One problem is that it occurred 60 years earlier, and all these events that are hyped have occurred many times before. But why quibble?

Actually, there is a positive to such nonsense. It gives me a chance to show you what something is — then you can decide what it isn’t.


Joe Bastardi, a pioneer in extreme weather and long-range forecasting, is a contributor to The Patriot Post on environmental issues. He is the author of “The Climate Chronicle: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear From Al Gore — and Others.”

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