As expected, he rejects my bet. He says that if he’s wrong, he’ll be “driven from the field.”
I’ll post Bastardi’s reply to my bet — really, my acceptance of his wager — below. But first, let’s look at his latest anti-science, anti-scientist video.
Joe Bastardi is “the chief hurricane and long-range forecaster at AccuWeather and a national bodybuilding competitor.” He is also, based purely on the objective evidence, probably the worst professional long-range forecaster on Earth.
Just last month, he cooked the books in an official In-Accuweather video to smear some of the nation’s leading scientists. I called for him to be fired and suggested referring to the company as InAccuweather until it does. Bastardi did ultimately retract the video but couldn’t bring himself to admit that his accusation of fraud against NSIDC was not merely completely unwarranted but totally inappropriate and in fact based in part on his simple misreading of a graph.
Now he has a new official In-Accuweather video, his weekly “Global sea ice and temperature report.” In it he claims the Navy believes Arctic ice is getting thicker, when in fact they have testified to Congress that it is getting thinner and will continue to do so. He egregiously asserts the satellite data has falsified the theory of global warming by failing to show stratospheric cooling — without actually checking the satellite data to see that it in fact shows the stratosphere has been cooling for decades. And he just can’t resist smearing the many dedicated scientists at NOAA and NASA who work tirelessly to bring us the actual surface temperature data so people (other than Bastardi) can make accurate weather and climate forecasts and decisions.
Here is the video — which by itself should forever disqualify Bastardi as a serious long-range forecaster. Do watch to the end to catch the gratuitous anti-scientist smear, but don’t forget the head vises!