William "Bill" Mason Gray dies at 86
CSU Hurricane Forecast Pioneer William Gray Dies at Age 86
William "Bill" Mason Gray , emeritus professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, died Saturday at age 86, surrounded by his family, according to a news release from CSU.
In 1984, Gray initiated seasonal hurricane forecasts, for which he became well known, and which received extensive media coverage. They are looked for every spring throughout the Caribbean.
Gray was skeptical of current theories of human-induced global warming, which he said is supported by scientists afraid of losing grant funding and promoted by government leaders and environmentalists seeking world government. He believed that humans are not responsible for the warming of the earth and has stated that "We're brainwashing our children." He asked, "How can we trust climate forecasts 50 and 100 years into the future (that can’t be verified in our lifetime) when they are not able to make shorter seasonal or yearly forecasts that could be verified?"
Gray said those who had linked global warming to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years were in error. He cited statistics showing that there were 101 hurricanes from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperature, compared to 83 from 1957 to 2006 when the earth warmed.
Gray did not say there has not been any warming, but in 2006 stated "I don't question that. And humans might have caused a very slight amount of this warming. Very slight. But this warming trend is not going to keep on going. My belief is that three, four years from now, the globe will start to cool again, as it did from the middle '40s to the middle '70s."
According to an earlier interview reported by Joel Achenbach, Gray had similarly said that the current warming in the past decades is a natural cycle, driven by a global ocean circulation that manifests itself in the North Atlantic Ocean as the Gulf Stream.
In a December 2006 interview with David Harsanyi of The Denver Post, Gray said, "They've been brainwashing us for 20 years, starting with the nuclear winter and now with the global warming. This scare will also run its course. In 15–20 years, we'll look back and see what a hoax this was." In this interview, Gray cited the global cooling article in Newsweek from 1975 as evidence that such a scare has happened in the past.
Thanks for the post, Rotor. Wow RIP Dr. Gray! I remember watching him on TWC during hurricane season and I missed him greatly after he retired! Very interesting what he says about global warming. Something to think about for sure.