New York’s Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo has an odd understanding of weather and history.
During a recent appearance on MSNBC, he suggested that New York didn’t have hurricanes before climate change.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Andrew Cuomo: New York ‘never had hurricanes’ before climate change
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that several forms of severe weather had never appeared in New York before climate change.
Cuomo appeared on MSNBC on Friday to discuss the damage from a Halloween storm that downed trees and power lines in part of the state. The storm triggered tornado warnings along with a chunk of the East Coast and killed at least one man in New York.
“Anyone who questions extreme weather and climate change is just delusional at this point. We have seen, in the state of New York, what everyone has seen. We’ve seen these weather patterns that we never had before,” Cuomo said.
“We didn’t have hurricanes, we didn’t have superstorms, we didn’t have tornadoes. This is a storm that came up just overnight, dropped about 5 inches of rain, and it was, literally, a matter of life and death for people,” he continued.
The governor relayed the story of one rescue he witnessed in which emergency officials saved a family of five, including an infant, from a flooded a home.
Watch the video:
Gov. Cuomo: “We didn’t have hurricanes or superstorms or tornadoes” before global warming pic.twitter.com/4c20RyliA5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 1, 2019
PJ Media does a good job fact checking Cuomo here:
Even interpreting Cuomo’s words charitably, the governor said that New York State did not experience hurricanes, superstorms, and tornadoes until the effects of manmade climate change. It is difficult to assess this claim, because written records do not go very far back, but even this less delusional suggestion is entirely incorrect.
An analysis of sedimentary evidence from New Jersey showed that a major hurricane struck the New York/New Jersey area between 1278 and 1438, long before the internal combustion engine. Another hurricane tracked parallel to the East Coast with impacts on New England and New York in August 1635. O
n September 8, 1667, a “severe storm” was reported in Manhattan. The Great Storm of 1693 caused severe damage on Land Island in October 1693. In September 1785, ships crashed into Governors Island as a result of powerful waves reportedly generated by a tropical cyclone. In August 1788, a hurricane struck New York City or Long Island, causing severe flooding and leaving the west side of the Battery “in ruins.”
Isn’t it fascinating how no one at MSNBC thought to challenge him?