Chart Of The Day: The "Weather-Apologist Economist"'s Worst Nightmare

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We have been a little more than skeptical of the extent to which the total and utter $118 Billion collapse in Q1 GDP in the USA was due to weather - as opposed to the tapering reality of an American consumer that feels anything but 'recovered'. The mainstream meteoreconomists have dismissed the weakness as "one-off", "noise", "an aberration", or "pent-up demand" and heralded the Q2 GDP resurgence. However, one glance at the following table of the worst US weather disasters (and the consequent economic growth impacts) should put the nail in the coffin once and for all of the "weather-apologists" among 'real' and 'pretend' economists everywhere.



As J.Lyons Fund Management concludes (correctly)...

we’re not suggesting that weather played no part in the weak 1Q GDP number. Perhaps it did.


We simply take exception to the suggestion that a -3% GDP print be written off as a “weather-induced” outlier.


This is particularly so when comparing the figure with historical GDP readings occurring during quarters encompassing the worst weather-related disasters in U.S. history, which generally fared just fine.


Perhaps we’re just not smart enough to understand the nuanced effects that cold weather can have on 3 months of economic activity across 50 states.


But when we see a GDP figure that far outside the norm of even disaster-related quarters, it raises our BS-meter.

h/t @JLyonsFundMgmt via

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:44 | 4933439 SaulRosenberg
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Hillary/Michelle '16. I'm Ready.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:48 | 4933451 FieldingMellish
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Hilldog/Chewie '16... YOOHOO!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:56 | 4933651 buzzsaw99
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:54 | 4933481 kowalli
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You must pray that Obama is the last president - New president will fack up you twice more in this goverment system.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:00 | 4933505 Stackers
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Is that an up coming cage fight ? Hillary and The First BaDonkaDonk hate each other.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:04 | 4933520 crazzziecanuck
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I could be wrong but there has never been a successful election to President by anyone who was ever Secretary of State...

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:30 | 4933780 fattail
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Actually, I believe Jefferson Madison Monroe and JQ Adams were all sec'y of state.  Calhoun threw his electoral votes to JQ Adams in exchange for the Secretary of state appointment which at the time was seen as a stepping stone the presidency.  Jackson who lost out because of this corrupt bargain was pissed.  But that didn't stop him, Jackson, from going on and becoming the greatest president of all time.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:03 | 4934250 falconflight
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Yes, but that ravenous she devil isn't a Jefferson, Madison, Adams,or Monroe.  She in fact ain't a pimple on their asses.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:52 | 4933469 NOTaREALmerican
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Well,   i donno,  it's a consumer economy now.   If it's too cold to go outside and buy a Starbucks 7 buck drink, how are people going to brows for the lastest iPhone upgrade to buy?.    We've got to start treating the "consumer" like bugs;   low GDP activity when it's cold and high GDP activity when it's hot.  

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:56 | 4933490 i_call_you_my_base
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Which means global warming is GDP positive. I'm going to modify my honda to roll coal.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:54 | 4933482 stant
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It was cool enough here in ky to turn off the ac for couple days. We are doomed , I should have not thought of myself and turned the heat on.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:57 | 4933495 SmittyinLA
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I see the "green energy" movement as an "enslave America" movement, a strategy designed to handicap American business, like a giant tractor pull and the American team automatically gets a solar/wind/battery handicap while at the same time they push carbon taxes they push a Mexican invasion of millions of tax parasites, its a great strategy for people shorting America

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:04 | 4933519 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  handicap American business

What American business?  I thought we didn't produce anything?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:10 | 4933528 oklaboy
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polar vortexes are know for that in all of history, history since 2013 B.C.B.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:19 | 4933561 viator
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If cold temperature can do that wait till next winter. But wasn't it much colder in the past? Did we have a recession every time we had a cold spell?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:31 | 4933595 Dublinmick
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Climate change involves wild flutctuations in the weather, it is not altogether a heating or cooling event.

There is serious drought and crop loss ongoing however.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:18 | 4933721 surf0766
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"Climate CHANGE" means it changes.

If it is warm it is global warming.

If it snows it is global warming.

If there a hurricanes it is global warming.

If there are no hurricanes it is global warming.

If there are melting polar caps it is global warming.

If there is RECORD ice on the southern CAP ( AS THERE IS NOW) it is global warming.

If there is no rain it is global warming.

If there are record rains it is global warming.


You and your climate religious nuts jobs have no credibility.




Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:13 | 4933952 taggaroonie
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if there has been no global warming, as per the last 18 years, it is global warming

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:00 | 4934238 falconflight
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Yeah but what you apparently aren't groking is the underlying sly manipulations of the Jooooss.  Just ask the mick and his buttbuddy Tony Wilson.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:05 | 4934789 conork
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Its another means of taxing the masses, as soon as the tards realise it maybe they'll object. Maybe

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:44 | 4933626 syntaxterror
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DOW 20,000 will offset any negative effects due to the coming Atlantic Vortex.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:52 | 4933644 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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I saw that porn movie ... nasty.

Only thing worse was this chick and a horse ...

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:29 | 4933774 SweetDoug
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Where's Canada's record drop in GDP, 'cause they had a winter that was a bitch!





Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:52 | 4933871 nightshiftsucks
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Canada was +1%

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:38 | 4933802 hairball48
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I can't believe that any of the  regular ZHer's are surprised by this news. It was a bullshit story from the gitgo.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:24 | 4934303 kchrisc
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The pols, crats, banksters and climate "scientists" are caught between a lie and a fabrication.

Or is it caught between a fabrication and a lie?!

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:47 | 4934698 AdvancingTime
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