Joplin Catastrophe & Invoice McKibben Ten Years Later – What’s Up With It?


May 22, 2021

By Paul Homewood

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Joplin, Missouri tornado, which killed 161 people. This was the first three-digit number since 1953. At the time, the usual suspects were quickly emerging from the woodworks, blaming global warming:

Caution: It is extremely important not to make any connections. If you see pictures of debris like this week’s footage from Joplin, MO, don’t be surprised: Does this have anything to do with the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Or the huge eruption a few weeks earlier (What? Together, this was the most active April for tornadoes in US history. No, that means nothing.

It is far better to think of these as isolated, unpredictable, discrete events. It is inadvisable to try to associate them in your head with the Texas fires – fires that have burned more of America by this time this year than wildfires in years past. Texas and the adjacent parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico are drier than ever – the drought is worse than the Dust Bowl. But don’t be surprised if they’re somehow connected.

If you were wondering, you should also be wondering whether this year’s record midwestern snowfalls and rains – which are causing record flooding along the Mississippi – might be related in any way. And then you may find that your thoughts are wandering about global warming and that climatologists have been predicting for years that if we flood the atmosphere with carbon, we will also start drying and flooding the planet, as warm air holds more water vapor as cold air.

In fact, McKibben’s disgusting climate porn couldn’t have been more wrong. 2011 was nothing more than an outlier, and since then the frequency of strong tornadoes has continued to decline compared to the global cool-down years in the 1970s:

There has only been one EF-5 tornado in the past decade, the Moore tornado in 2013; This corresponds to a long-term average of almost one per year.

Fortunately, the number of deaths from tornadoes has also fallen, with an annual average of 31 over the past decade.

Will McKibben now publicly apologize for misleading the public back then?


McKibben also used the Texas drought in 2011 as another example of the effects of global warming. Needless to say, he was wrong about that too:

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