CNN Host Angered by Footage of Hail in Colorado: 'Some People Don't Think Climate Change is Necessarily Happening'

August 7, 2018

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota grew huffy on Tuesday following a brief report about a severe hailstorm in Colorado, wondering how some people still don't think "climate change is necessarily happening."

Fellow "New Day" anchor John Berman read out a news brief about large chunks of hail that hammered Colorado Springs on Monday, killing two animals at a zoo and injuring 14 people.

Camerota frowned at the footage of hail splashing into an animal's water habitat, and then said, sarcastically, "Is it August in Colorado as well?"

"I believe it has reached August there," Berman said.

"You saw this?" Camerota said, looking almost angry.

Berman, attempting to keep things light, said he couldn't believe the size of the splashes caused by the hail.

"That's what violent weather—and you know, some people don't think that climate change is necessarily happening," Camerota said.

"Bears hate it, too," Berman said, as they moved to another segment.

Hail in the summer is not unusual, however. The Washington Post reports "hail is inherently a summertime phenomenon." Hailstones form due to rising winds called updrafts, far up in the sky where temperatures are extremely cold, even during the summer. Some hailstones are large enough that they don't melt by the time they outweigh the updraft's lift and fall to the ground.

Camerota is hardly the only cable news host to see solid proof of climate change in common weather occurrences. MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart in August of 2015, promoting an address about climate change by then-President Barack Obama, said "mother nature may be making his point for him" because of the high temperatures forcing him to give to the speech inside. Again, it was August in Washington, D.C., which is nicknamed "The Swamp."

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