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Al Gore Claims They’re Adding Category 6 to Hurricane Ratings, National Weather Service Says He’s Full of Hot Air

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.

“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)…

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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