On Wednesday, Limbaugh, who lives in Palm Beach County, Florida, said on his radio show that he believes that the Democrats are politicizing coverage of Hurricane Matthew in order to validate their claims of climate change. The National Hurricane Center falls under the Obama administration Commerce Department.
Limbaugh pointed to Al Gore, after Katrina in New Orleans, predicting more powerful hurricanes as a result of global warming.
"And then what happened? We had 11 years of no hurricanes -- 11 straight years of no major hurricanes striking land in the United States, which just bores a hole right through the whole climate change argument," remarked Limbaugh."They want people to think this way: Hurricane reported. Must be climate change."
Scientists are disagreeing with Limbaugh and his scientific assessment.
"This has nothing at all to do with climate change," said Dave Nolan, a professor at the Rosenstiel school. "Hurricanes are extreme events with a lot of variability from year to year, so they can't be used to indicate long term trends about climate."
Nolan also pointed out that Limbaugh was taking a U.S.-centric take on hurricane history. According to Nolan, Limbaugh left out the international super typhoon, Haiyan, and Hurricane Patricia, both among the strongest hurricanes to hit their respective geographiesin the recorded history of the planet.
According to Suzana Camargo, a professor of ocean and climate physics at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Institute, the Atlantic Ocean only corresponds to approximately 13 percent of the global number of tropical typhoonsand hurricanes. 30 percent of tropical cyclones occur in the western North Pacific.