To educate viewers on the science of the recent mega-blizzard that socked New England, MSNBC’s Craig Melvin brought onto his program noted “science guy” Bill Nye .
What followed was the one of the most flawed discussions of meteorology I’ve ever seen on a national network. In likening the blizzard and hurricane Sandy, Nye implies both storms originated off the coast from Africa, which is wrong.
Sandy formed in the Caribbean (not from an African wave) and the blizzard formed off the Mid-Atlantic coast (from the merger of two North American disturbances). Nye then draws an absurd comparison between East Coast storms and West Coast storms in an attempt to equate them. “If you live on the West Coast … that same type of storm is called a Sou’wester,” Nye says. “If you go to the sailboat store you can get a Nor’easter hat in New England but it’s a Sou’wester hat in Seattle.”