Conversation with Harold Brooks of NOAA

Hi Harold,

I want to thank you for rolling with the punches in our twitter conversation.
I hope you look at my participation as a gift.  One of the hardest things in science is to know what you don’t know.  And that is because what you don’t know is often concealed by what you believe/assume. But once you know what you don’t know the path ahead is fairly straightforward: Do the experiments/measurements.  Get to the bottom of the issue.  Find out.
If and when you do the experiments/measurements you will find that moist air is heavier than dry air and you will be forced into the realization that the upward movement of moist air observed in thunderstorms has nothing whatsoever to do with buoyancy/convection.  And although that may seem frustrating at first, it’s nothing to be concerned about.  Having no choice but to consider alternatives is a good thing.
I am not clairvoyant.  The reason I am so confident that I am right on all of this has to do with the fact that I understand the hydrogen bond of H2O.  And I didn’t do the heavy lifting in that regard.  The reason I know it is because I stand on the shoulders of the physicists that did do the heavy lifting.  I’m just taking what I learned from them and recasting it so that it is useful in regards to storm theory and tornadogenesis.
Thanks for being relatively calm and even tempered on all of this.  Thanks for not going into Doswell-mode where anybody that doesn’t agree with you is a crackpot.  We are all on the same team, fighting to get a better understanding of nature.  And it’s especially difficult considering that our biggest enemy is our own minds being so eager to betray us every step of the journey.
Jim McGinn
Solving Tornadoes

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