Global Warming Responsible for Record Cold and Snow?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 26th, 2010

The Little Ice Age During Valley Forge Ended by Global Warming

Ice ages are cyclical.  The earth gets cold and glaciers move towards the equator.  Temperatures drop.  Growing seasons get shorter.  Wetter.  Winters are longer.  Colder.  And this happens a long time before the glaciers advance to cover habitable areas.

Sometimes an ice age teases us.  Sends out a little ice age some 10 thousand years or so before the real deal.  They fought the American Revolutionary War during one of these little ice ages.  The winter at Valley Forge?  It was so cold because of a little ice age.  All the winters during the Founding were pretty bitter and cold.

Of course, that little ice age ended.  It got warmer.  Without the aid of any manmade carbon.  Ditto for the full blown ice ages.  All of them.  They all ended.  Because it got warmer.  Without the help of manmade carbon in the air.

Global Cooling is Caused by Global Warming?

Now climatologists are saying up is down.  And black is white.  That circles are squares.  And that global warming caused that bitter cold winter at Valley Forge.

The Left will grasp at whatever straws they can grasp to maintain their assault on capitalism.  And that’s what their global warming activism is.  Anti-capitalism.  They’re all a bunch of people that couldn’t hack it in the real world and depend on government grants for their subsistence.  To pay for their pseudoscience.  And if there ain’t no global warming, then all their grant money dries up.  Which means they would have to get a job.  A real job.  Not some phony baloney job hidden from the real world at some university with a bunch of pretty young coeds.

So they’re getting a little creative with their explaining.  They acknowledge that it’s getting colder.  But it’s getting colder because it’s getting warmer (see Bundle Up, It’s Global Warming by Judah Cohen posted 10/25/2010 on The New York Times). 

THE earth continues to get warmer, yet it’s feeling a lot colder outside. Over the past few weeks, subzero temperatures in Poland claimed 66 lives; snow arrived in Seattle well before the winter solstice, and fell heavily enough in Minneapolis to make the roof of the Metrodome collapse; and last week blizzards closed Europe’s busiest airports in London and Frankfurt for days, stranding holiday travelers. The snow and record cold have invaded the Eastern United States, with more bad weather predicted.

All of this cold was met with perfect comic timing by the release of a World Meteorological Organization report showing that 2010 will probably be among the three warmest years on record, and 2001 through 2010 the warmest decade on record.

Yes.  It’s getting colder because it’s getting warmer.  Hard to argue with that logic.  Unless it gets warmer.  Because if it gets warmer, then it must be getting cooler.  Because global warming doesn’t make it warm.  It makes it cooler.  Why?  Because they just said so.  So, if it keeps getting colder, we have a global warming problem.  If it gets warmer, I guess we can breathe a sigh of relief because there is no global warming.

I get it now.

Wishing Thinking and Fear Keep Global Warming Money Flowing

I’m just funning with you.  That’s an asinine explanation.  And so is this.

As global temperatures have warmed and as Arctic sea ice has melted over the past two and a half decades, more moisture has become available to fall as snow over the continents. So the snow cover across Siberia in the fall has steadily increased.

They’ve been predicting that the coastlines would disappear as the ocean levels rise and reclaim coastal areas.  But they haven’t.  Seaside resorts have been where they have been for a couple of centuries.  Or more.  Key West is still not under water.  Neither is Martha’s Vineyard.  Or Malibu.  Al Gore himself bought a coastal mansion in a place with very high real estate values.  They’re real high because that area has been around for long enough to become exclusive and difficult to move into.  And Al Gore appears to be betting on it being there for the indefinite future.

The only way for there to be more water available in the ocean to fall as snow is for the ocean surface area to grow.  Because it is only the surface water that evaporates.  And unless the surface gets bigger, there isn’t more water evaporating.  And rich environmentalists can still live in their seaside resorts.

The sun’s energy reflects off the bright white snow and escapes back out to space. As a result, the temperature cools. When snow cover is more abundant in Siberia, it creates an unusually large dome of cold air next to the mountains, and this amplifies the standing waves in the atmosphere, just as a bigger rock in a stream increases the size of the waves of water flowing by.

Well, it was cold when glaciers covered much of the earth.  And glaciers are white.  So maybe that’s why the ice ages came.  Because the earth was covered by glaciers.  Which reflected the sun’s energy back into space.  Making it cold.  Of course, that’s silly.  Explaining that ice ages were caused by glaciers cooling the earth.  Because the earth had to cool first before the glaciers advanced.

Global warming doesn’t only happen in the summer.  Temperatures throughout the year are averaged to arrive at a ‘global’ temperature.  If we’re having record cold in winter, then the summers would have to be far hotter than they have been to net out the cold winters and still show warming.  And they haven’t been.  It wasn’t that hot last summer.  Or the summer before it.  I mean, I can remember some real hot summers I suffered as a kid.  Driving on a family vacation in a heat wave without air conditioning in the car.  Feeling my feet burn through my shoes as I walked on a hot asphalt parking lot.  And I grew up where we our winters were full of snow.

The increased wave energy in the air spreads both horizontally, around the Northern Hemisphere, and vertically, up into the stratosphere and down toward the earth’s surface. In response, the jet stream, instead of flowing predominantly west to east as usual, meanders more north and south. In winter, this change in flow sends warm air north from the subtropical oceans into Alaska and Greenland, but it also pushes cold air south from the Arctic on the east side of the Rockies. Meanwhile, across Eurasia, cold air from Siberia spills south into East Asia and even southwestward into Europe.

I like the show Scrubs.  One episode Dr. Cox was belittling J.D. for a complex diagnosis he made while ignoring a much easier and more obvious explanation.  I think he asked J.D. if he heard of Occam’s Razor, the philosophical theory that says the easiest explanation is the best explanation.  He said if you hear running hoofs, don’t think zebras.  Think horseys.  Occam’s Razor applies to weather, too.  If it’s getting colder out, it’s because it’s getting colder.  Not warmer.

That is why the Eastern United States, Northern Europe and East Asia have experienced extraordinarily snowy and cold winters since the turn of this century. Most forecasts have failed to predict these colder winters, however, because the primary drivers in their models are the oceans, which have been warming even as winters have grown chillier. They have ignored the snow in Siberia.

Forecasters have failed to forecast “extraordinarily snowy and cold winters since the turn of this century.”  There’s a reason for this.  Climate is complex.  And forecasters suck.  Forecasting is nothing more than a ‘best guess’.  Their models are complex guessing machines.  They can’t forecast what’s going to happen.  I mean, it was only a couple of decades ago they were warning us about an impending ice age.  This from the same people that are warning us of global warning today.

Bare Footprints Moved Glaciers Farther than Carbon Footprints

These pseudo-scientists can rationalize all they want but they can’t explain away some basic facts.  Glaciers come and go.  They moved a whole lot farther some 10,000 years ago than they have in the last few centuries.  And back then the only footprint man made was with a bare foot.  Much like many of those at Valley Forge during that little ice age.

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