The National Weather Service is denying claims by former Vice-President Al Gore that weather events are becoming so extreme due to global warming, that they are forced to add a new category to their rating system.

Via Politico (h/t Weasel Zippers):

Al Gore needs to be more careful when discussing climate change and hurricanes, one scientist said Thursday. […]

In the interview, published Wednesday, Gore said that “the fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over” storms like hurricanes and other extreme weather events.

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“The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

But Goldman — along with the Post’s own Capital Weather Gang blog — noted that nobody’s planning to add a Category 6 to the hurricane scale.

“There are no plans by the National Hurricane Center — the federal office responsible for categorizing storms — to create a new category,” Goldman wrote.

A National Weather Service spokesman said the same thing to the Capital Weather Gang: “No, we’re not pursuing any such change.”

Typically, I don’t like to cover Al Gore’s global warming nonsense.  But the Category 6 issue begs a question – why not just make 5 a little more extreme?

It also allows me to add this famous video clip (these go to 11)…