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A Really Cold Winter and Global Warming

Posted by libhom Friday, January 15, 2010

Stop Global Warming made some interesting points in a recent email I received on our gelid winter and the planetary problem of Global Warming.

It might be tempting to see the recent cold snap in many parts of the US as evidence against global warming. But it's important to distinguish between short-term weather and long-term climate. Experts remind us that the cold weather doesn't disprove global warming, but is just a blip in the long-term heating trend.

"It's part of natural variability," said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, "we'll still have record cold temperatures. We'll just have fewer of them."

As the Associated Press reported, "According to the National Climatic Data Center, 2009 will rank among the 10 warmest years for Earth since 1880, and scientists say man-made climate change does have the potential to cause more frequent and more severe weather extremes, such as heat waves, storms, floods, droughts and even cold spells."

I would like to add a point of my own:

The United States is only a small part of our entire planet. Judging a global climate phenomenon based on one winter in the US makes no logical sense, no matter how our cold weary noses and ears might make us feel like making such a snap judgement.



  1. Mike Says:
  2. Saying a bit of cold weather disproves anthropogenic climate change is like saying a couple of hot days in September proves winter won't be coming.

  3. Oso Says:
  4. What Stimpson says.
    BTW thanks for posting the non-Christian agencies to help Haiti.I also don't trust the Red Cross so Doctors Without Borders sounded good.

  5. TomCat Says:
  6. Good point, Libhom. Warming is just the mean average effect world wide. Climate change is a better term. Here in Portland, summers have been hotter, but winters have been colder in recent years, due to Pacific current shifts.

  7. Adam R. Says:
  8. Fortunately, based on my observations, I think that many people who talk about cold weather "disproving" global warming are joking.

    I wouldn't joke about it, partly because I'd be afraid that people wouldn't realize that I was joking.

    And, of course, there are plenty of brainwashed "dittohead" goobers who aren't joking.

  9. you have to look at trends, not single points in time - and the trend is NOT good and NOT sustainable

    but what Republican ever let the facts get inthe way of one of their lies



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