The University of Virginia and a conservative advocacy group have agreed the university will turn over documents in response to a public information request by the group seeking documents related to the work of a former university climate scientist.
U-Va. will comply with the request by Aug. 22.
The American Tradition Instituteâ€™s Environmental Law Center, along with Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), want e-mails and other documents related to the work of global warming researcher Michael Mann.
The university has said the group requested about 9,000 pages of records, and the organization says about 20 percent have been turned over so far.
But the group believes the university has been dragging its feet in producing the records. The university has said it is working as quickly as possible to sift through thousands of pages of records to figure out which should be released.
In an agreement filed in Prince William Circuit Court on Tuesday, the university agreed it will turn over all records, in electronic form, within 90 days–or Aug. 22.
“Iâ€™ve been trying to think of why some might assume a warmer climate would produce more tornadoes, and I suspect the main reason is that tornadoes are produced by thunderstorms, and thunderstorms require warm, moist air for fuel. Ergo, warming should lead to more tornadoes.
But even here in the U.S., which is Tornado Central for the world, 99 out of 100 thunderstorms do NOT produce tornadoes. Why is this?
The missing ingredient is wind shear, specifically an increase in wind speed with height, and a change in wind direction with height.
So what causes this type of wind shear? It occurs in advance of low pressure areas that form along the boundary between warm and cool air masses. So, anything that increases the frequency of these conditions could lead to more tornadoes.
The classic tornado situation involves a longwave low pressure trough over the western U.S., caused by an unusually cool atmosphere in the lowest 5-10 miles of the atmosphere. This has remained true for this yearâ€™s enhanced tornado activity. I suspect the persisting mountain snowpack from a very snowy winter has played a role in this.”
“But the major point here is that it is NOT the lack of warm air that inhibits tornado formation during tornado seasonâ€¦it is the lack of sufficient wind shear to cause thunderstorms to rotate. And it is the persistence of unseasonably cool air, over most of the U.S., that produces these wind shear conditions.”
Thank you Neil.
Try releasing it in hard copy, digital copies can be scanned and edited and deleted completely.a paper trail keeps things above board and transparent.
They should not have to sift through anything in the way of documentation (unless they are looking to edit a lot out.)it should be the job of the investigators to “sift”through. These people can hide as muchevidence as they want to, because the evidence and truth will come out and the people responsible should be held accountable across the globe.