Columbia Journalism Review asks “Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?”
Meteorologists are not required to take a course in climate change, this is not part of the NOAA/NWS [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service] certification requirements, so university programs don’t require the course (even if they offer it). So we have been educating generations of meteorologists who know nothing at all about climate change.
Columbia Journalism Review has a fascinating article, “Hot Air: Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?“ Because people seem to think they should know something about climate, (anti-science) weathermen get undo attention in the (right-wing) media — see “Meteorological Malpractice: Accuweather’s Joe Bastardi pushes the “70s Ice Age Scare” myth again” and “Bastardi: “Global cooling is actually a cause of drought in California”.
Heck, a former TV weatherman has the most popular anti-science website in the world, WattsUpWithThat. And of course, Weather Channel Founder John Coleman, a subject of the CJR piece, asserted in 2007 that global warming is “the greatest scam in history,” which puts him in the conspiracy wing of the disinformers with the now discredited Anthony Watts. [Doesn't everyone know that the greatest scam in history is the whole moon-landing nonsense?]
The answer to the question, “Are meteorologists climate experts?” is “no,” or I should say, “not inherently.” That’s clear from the CJR story (excerpted below) and from the opening quote of this post, which comes from an interview I did a few years ago with Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. [Yes, that Judith Curry, who wrote "an open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research"].
I originally asked the question in 2007 when Coleman wrote that now-infamous article claiming global warming is “the greatest scam in history,” and explained the source of his conspiracy theory: