Nice try, Don.
CNN Anchor Don Lemon tried his best to push the narrative around Hurricane Ian toward climate change but was quickly rebuked by NOAA’s hurricane director who insisted you can’t make one event about climate change.
Transcript and clip below:
DON LEMON, CNN HOST: Can you tell us what this is and what effect the climate change has on this phenomenon?
JAMIE ROHME, NOAA DIRECTOR: Well, we can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here-and-now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done, there could be a little bit more intensification as it still is over the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re gonna get any more rapid intensification. If you look here, you can actually see, pretty interesting for your viewers, you can actually see a second eyewall forming around the inner eyewall, and that’s basically the second eyewall has overtaken the original eyewall and that should arrest development.
LEMON: So listen, I just, I’m just trying to get the, you said you want to talk about climate change. But what effect does climate change to have on this phenomenon that is happening now? Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That’s the question.
ROHME: I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event. On the whole, on the cumulative, climate change may be making storms worse, but to link it to any one event, I would caution against that.
LEMON: Okay, well, listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying. Something is causing them to intensify.