NOAA’s Hurricane Director Shuts Down Don Lemon for Trying to Connect Hurricane Ian to Climate Change

[Image: CNN anchor Don Lemon and Jamie Rhome- acting director of the NOAA's National Hurricane Center -- CNN Twitter video screenshot.]

Don Lemon was shut down on Tuesday evening by Jamie Rhome, acting director of the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, after the CNN anchor asked about the effect climate change had on Hurricane Ian.

Rhome joined CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” to discuss Hurricane Ian ahead of it’s landfall on the west coast of Florida.

Don Lemon said that meteorologists have said Hurricane Ian could enter “another period of rapid intensification” and asked Jamie Rhome what effect climate change had has on the “phenomena.”

“We can come back and talk about climate change at a later time. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done. There could be a little bit more intensification as it still over the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re going to get any more rapid intensification,” Rhome responded.

“Listen, I’m just trying to get, you said you want to talk about climate change. But what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that is happening now? Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That’s the question,” Lemon tried again.

“I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event. On the whole, on the cumulative, climate change may be making storms worse. But to link it to any one event, I would caution against that,” Rhome said.

Lemon said he grew up in Florida, adding that something was making these storms intensify.

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