I never thought I would see The Weather Channel get into a debate with Breitbart News, but this last election season has shown that anything is possible. The Weather Channel was unhappy that Breitbart posted an article using one of their videos to mislead Americans about climate change.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 6, 2016
The Weather Channel’s Kait Parker, the woman in the video, also publicly called them out.
— Kait Parker (@WeatherKait) December 6, 2016
The Weather Channel also provided an in-depth explanation about why the Breitbart article was wrong. Here is an excerpt:
CLAIM: “Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.”TRUTH: This number comes from one satellite-based estimate of temperatures above land areas in the lower atmosphere. Data from the other two groups that regularly publish satellite-based temperature estimates show smaller drops, more typical of the decline one would expect after a strong El Niño event.Temperatures over land give an incomplete picture of global-scale temperature. Most of the planet – about 70 percent – is covered by water, and the land surface warms and cools more quickly than the ocean. Land-plus-ocean data from the other two satellite groups, released after the Breitbart article, show that Earth’s lower atmosphere actually set a record high in November 2016.