Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weather Zealots: More Snow = Warmer Planet

According to Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet ,

The odds of experiencing a white Christmas in countries that celebrate the Christian holiday in the Northern Hemisphere have begun to diminish within the last century due to global warming, climate experts said.

Despite the near-blizzard conditions across North America and parts of Europe this month, having a winter wonderland in late December in London and Paris could be only a freak occurrence by 2100, according to Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarber, climate researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
The Farmer's Almanac says,
For 2008–2009, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a “numbing” winter, with below-average temperatures for at least two-thirds of the country. Only the Far West and Southeast will see near-normal temperatures. Few, if any, locations will enjoy many above-normal temperature days this upcoming season.
The Timesonline says of Europe,
The skiing conditions just get better and better this winter. After one of the best starts to a ski season for many years, the snows keep on falling across Europe. Stormy weather across

Italy this week produced big snowfalls in the north and floods farther south. And all over the Alps, fresh snows have been preserved in cold temperatures, with the promise of more to come. This weekend a big Atlantic depression rolls across the UK with a heavy belt of rain that will then work its way through Western Europe, turning to heavy snow over the mountains.

Often an early snowfall quickly melts away because the ground is too warm. But this winter the cold temperatures have frozen the ground, helping the snow to settle and built up a thick base, offering some protection against any milder spells later in the season.
Walter Williams, syndicated columnist writing in the OC Register today, is prompted to ask, How long must Earth cool before warming zealotry does?

Americans have been rope-a-doped into believing that global warming is going to destroy our planet. Scientists who have been skeptical about man-made global warming have been called traitors or handmaidens of big oil.

The Washington Post asserted on May 28, 2006, that there were only “a handful of skeptics” of man-made climate fears. Bill Blakemore on Aug. 30, 2006, said, “After extensive searches, ABC News has found no such (scientific) debate on global warming.” U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said it was “criminally irresponsible” to ignore the urgency of global warming. U.N. special climate envoy Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland on May 10, 2007, declared the climate debate “over” and added “it's completely immoral, even, to question” the U.N.'s scientific “consensus.” On July 23, 2007, CNN's Miles O'Brien said, “The scientific debate is over.” Earlier he said that scientific skeptics of man-made catastrophic global warming “are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, usually.”

The fact of the matter is an increasing amount of climate research suggests a possibility of global cooling. Geologist Don J. Easterbrook, emeritus professor at Western Washington University, says, “Recent solar changes suggest that it could be fairly severe, perhaps more like the 1880-1915 cool cycle than the more moderate 1945-1977 cool cycle. A more drastic cooling, similar to that during the Dalton and Maunder minimums, could plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age, but only time will tell if that is likely.”
Though not the originator, Mark Twain is credited with saying, "Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." As loopy as they are, the Global Warming crackpots, bless their hearts, are doing their damnedest to prove the adage wrong. I only wish it wasn't going to cost so damned much for them to learn that winter is cold, summer is hot, spring and autumn are just right.

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dcat said...

Can I get one of those weather zealots to come shovel my drive way I got too much damn snow and it ain't melting fast enough!

Indigo Red said...

I knew you would notice that, dcat!