CNN’s Don Lemon tried to get an expert to blame Hurricane Ian for climate change. It didn’t go so well.

As Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida’s west coast, CNN anchor Don Lemon tried unsuccessfully to get an expert at the National Hurricane Center to attribute the storm’s intensity to climate change.

Despite repeated requests from Lemon, the agency’s acting director, Jamie Rhome, refused to attribute this specific storm to climate change.

“Can you tell us what this is and how climate change is affecting this phenomenon?” Lemon asked Tuesday night.

“Well, we can come back later and talk about climate change,” Rohme replied. “I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost complete; There could be a bit more intensification as it’s still over the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’ll get any faster intensification. If you look here you can actually see what is quite interesting for your viewers that a second eyewall actually forms around the inner eyewall and that is basically the second eyewall has overtaken the original eyewall and it should stop the development.”

But Lemon didn’t get the answer he was looking for, so he brought the conversation back to climate change.

“So listen, I’m just trying to understand this, you said you wanted to talk about climate change,” Lemon said. “But what is the impact of climate change on this phenomenon that is happening now? Because it looks like storms are intensifying. That is the question.”

“I don’t think you can link climate change to any particular event,” Rohme said. “Broadly speaking, climate change may make storms worse, but to tie it to a specific event, I would caution against it.”

“Okay, well, listen, I grew up there, and these storms are intensifying,” said a clearly dissatisfied Lemon as he lectured the hurricane expert. “Something is causing them to intensify.”

Hurricane Ian strengthened into a powerful Category 4 hurricane Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center has devices This catastrophic storm surge is expected to drop 12 to 16 feet above ground level along Florida’s southwestern coast and has urged residents to comply with evacuation orders. Catastrophic wind damage is expected in the next few hours as the storm makes landfall, as well as heavy rains and life-threatening catastrophic flooding. Widespread, sustained major and record-breaking floods are expected in central Florida, the center said.

Various news reports have attempted to link an apparent increase in catastrophic storms to climate change. studies have suggested that warmer sea temperatures have increased tropical storm wind speeds, while rising sea levels have made coastal storms more damaging.

However, this claim is disputed. other studies have shown that the frequency of hurricanes is not increasing and that the intensity of storms that have made landfall since 1900 is also slightly declining. CNN’s Don Lemon tried to get an expert to blame Hurricane Ian for climate change. It didn’t go so well.

Laura Coffey

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