Friday, February 04, 2011

When headlines conflict

Who has been paying attention to the extreme winter weather that is being experienced throughout much of the USA? Great Britain has had record cold and snowy winters as well.

Members of the Church of Global Warming have an answer for this. Incredibly, they contend that global warming is responsible for the record cold and record snowfall that is being recorded during the winter of 2010-2011! Read this headline and excerpt:
Climate Scientist: It’s ‘Reasonable’ to Believe Global Warming Is Causing Snowy Winters

A prominent climate scientist says it is reasonable to conclude that global warming has caused the unusually snowy weather in the eastern United States and Europe over the past two winters, but stresses that this is only a hypothesis that has yet to be definitively demonstrated...

“Here’s what happens and here’s what a lot of people get really screwed up on, and it’s straightforward,” [Scientist Mark] Serreze told “All right, so it’s getting warmer, and what is happening is that we’re not growing as much ice in winter as we used to be, but we’re melting a heck of a lot more in the summer than we used to...

“For example, the last two winters over the East have been cold and snowy,” explained Serreze. “So what happens there? Well, what you’re looking at is some kind of change in the atmospheric circulation, that basically you’ve got this cold, Arctic air plunging down—clearly, because that’s exactly what’s happening—and that gives you a temperature contrast and that’s what gives you the storms, okay?”

Got all that? But Chandler, you say, this Serreze is a scientist! He should know what he is talking about! Hmmm, maybe. But lets take the Wayback machine to the year 2000, and read another headline with excerpts and listen to another scientist talking about global warming and its effect on snowfall:
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries...

the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually "feel" virtual cold....
So which is it? Does global warming cause more snowfall, or less snowfall? Isn't it great when no matter what the weather, your theory has it all covered? I know several people - many of whom I consider to be friends - who are true believers in global warm... I mean climate cha... I mean climate disruption. When I show them contradictions like this, it just slides right past them, and they assure me that the majority of scientists in the world can't be wrong. Someone please tell me why it is so important to them that global warming, or any variation thereof, exists?

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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