Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Hot days indicate global warming. Cold and wet days are just 'the weather'

The Washington Times has a great article on the reality of the 2007 global temperature record. If the global warming crowd didn't already have the high hand in climate politics then the global cooling people would certainly have a strong argument to support their case, particularly as it's based on real world observation rather than predictions from models, complete fabrication (polar bear numbers declining, Antarctica losing ice, Greenland losing ice etc etc) and fiddling with the existing data record.
Al Gore says global warming is a planetary emergency. It is difficult to see how this can be so when record low temperatures are being set all over the world. In 2007, hundreds of people died, not from global warming, but from cold weather hazards.

Since the mid-19th century, the mean global temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees Celsius. This slight warming is not unusual, and lies well within the range of natural variation. Carbon dioxide continues to build in the atmosphere, but the mean planetary temperature hasn't increased significantly for nearly nine years.
Antarctica is getting colder. Neither the intensity nor the frequency of hurricanes has increased. The 2007 season was the third-quietest since 1966. In 2006 not a single hurricane made landfall in the U.S.

South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.
That's what cold does. It kills people. Not that the Climate Faithful care one whit about people, though.
Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007. Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant snowfall in 26 years. Australia experienced the coldest June ever. In northeastern Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold weather since 1941. In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were endangered.

Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate. California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

California is nearly bankrupt. Will its people ever work out that it's because of disastrous Democratic policies (even when implemented by a Republican) or due to global warming, capitalism or worse?
In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina's peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina's apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923. On June 8, Denver recorded a new low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Denver's temperature records extend back to 1872.

Recent weeks have seen the return of unusually cold conditions to the Northern Hemisphere. On Dec. 7, St. Cloud, Minn., set a new record low of minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit. On the same date, record low temperatures were also recorded in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Extreme cold weather is occurring worldwide. On Dec. 4, in Seoul, Korea, the temperature was
a record minus 5 degrees Celsius. Nov. 24, in Meacham, Ore., the minimum temperature was 12 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the previous record low set in 1952. The Canadian government warns that this winter is likely to be the coldest in 15 years.

Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri are just emerging from a destructive ice storm that left at least 36 people dead and a million without electric power. People worldwide are being reminded of what used to be common sense: Cold temperatures are inimical to human welfare and warm weather is beneficial. Left in the dark and cold, Oklahomans rushed out to buy electric generators powered by gasoline, not solar cells. No one seemed particularly concerned about the welfare of polar bears, penguins or walruses.
Fossil fuels don't seem so awful when you're in the cold and dark.
...but they still do to the Climate Faithful.
If you think any of the preceding facts can falsify global warming, you're hopelessly naive. Nothing creates cognitive dissonance in the mind of a true believer. In 2005, a Canadian Greenpeace representative explained “global warming can mean colder, it can mean drier, it can mean wetter.” In other words, all weather variations are evidence for global warming. I can't make this stuff up.

Global warming has long since passed from scientific hypothesis to the realm of pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo.
Correct. The inconvenient truth of real world observation that completely destroys the credibility of climate models is simply ignored by those people who are using global warming as a surrogate to bring down free market capitalism.

(Nothing Follows)


Darren said...

It's so nice to see a little fact and reason regarding the Church of Global Warming. Thank you for posting it.

Anonymous said...

Fact and reason? Head-in-the-sand nonsense more like. You are clearly labouring under the basic misconception that if any part of the world experiences unusual cold, then global warming must not be real. Unfortunately, the average temperature of the world continues to rise, with all five of the five hottest years ever recorded having been in the last nine years.

This slight warming is not unusual, and lies well within the range of natural variation - rubbish. There is no such thing as 'natural variation' without any cause. What is the primary cause of the rise in temperatures over the last 100 years? The increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, which have come from fossil fuel burning. It's basic physics.

Neither the intensity nor the frequency of hurricanes has increased - lie.

That's what cold does. It kills people - I have two exercises for you. First, look up how the death rate in arctic nations varies between summer and winter, compared to how it varies in more southerly nations. If your hypothesis is correct, the colder nations should have a higher winter excess death rate. Let us know what you find out. Secondly, look up how many people died during the European heatwave of 2003.

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