Scientific American Neurotic Upset That She Doesn’t See Any Climate Change

The lack of change proves that rapid change is occurring.

Sometimes it frustrates me that we feel the effects of climate change so slowly, if at all.

It’s not that I’m an apocalypse-monger, dreaming of mass hysteria induced by floods and droughts, shortages of food and fuel. Rather, I worry about people’s incredible ability to acclimate: to let changes go unnoticed, as long as they’re gradual over time. I worry that people won’t notice that the air is warmer, storms are fiercer, and coral reefs are less brilliant over the course of their lives because these adjustments happen so incrementally. And thus climate change inaction will continue.

For a moment, imagine a world where the whole process were sped up, where the effects were drastic enough for a person to feel and register them over the course of a few months or a year. How would governments react then? People? Society?

Age of Miracles: What If Climate Change Were Sped Up? | Culturing Science, Scientific American Blog Network

Do you have to prove that you are an idiot to get a job at Scientific American?

h/t to Tom Nelson

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14 Responses to Scientific American Neurotic Upset That She Doesn’t See Any Climate Change

  1. Rosco says:

    “Do you have to prove that you are an idiot to get a job at Scientific American?”

    No – but it obviously helps !!

  2. Eric Simpson says:

    Yes, the fact that it’s been cooling or we haven’t had any change for 15 years is a sign that things have gone horribly terribly wrong. We are in the eye of the storm, the eye of the global warming storm, or, I should stay, the eye of the climate change storm. Before we know it, the climate is going to change. Mark my word.
    Don’t hold your breath. /

  3. Me says:

    Apparently it looks that way.

  4. “Do you have to prove that you are an idiot to get a job at Scientific American?”
    Just applying is enough proof for them.

  5. tckev says:

    Maybe unScientific unAmerican’s resident wannabe apocalypse-monger, dreamer of mass misery, should study a little history. Here is a little starter of some events that happen on this day over the years –
    Meteorological events that happened on January 25th:

    1821
    The Hudson River in New York City was completely frozen over. People were able to cross the river between Hoboken, NJ and New York City. Temperature plunged to -14° in New York City. Entrepreneurs set up beverage stations in the middle of the river to warm pedestrians.

    1837
    During the evening, a display of the Northern Lights danced above Burlington, VT. The light was equal to that of a full moon. Snow and other objects reflecting the light were deeply tinged with a blood red hue. Blue, yellow and white streamers were also noted.

    1902
    Japan’s coldest recorded temperature occurred as Asahikawa dropped to -40.6°.

    1916
    Heavy rain that began on this day and ended on the 30th exacerbated the flooding earlier in the month across southern California. Five inches fell in less than 12 hours at San Diego. Extensive flooding occurred all over Southern California, the worst to date, and it resulted in 28 total deaths in the region, 22 people in San Diego County. This is the most destructive and deadly weather event in San Diego County History. The Lower Otay Dam broke sending a 40-foot wall of water downstream, killing 15 people. A few others drowned in Mission Valley and in the San Luis Rey River. The Sweetwater Dam also broke. Every large bridge in San Diego County but one was seriously damaged or destroyed. Four people drowned in Orange County, two in a cottage floating down the Santa Ana River. Two people drowned in San Bernardino County. Total damage was nearly $8 million (1916) dollars.

    1940
    The temperature at Richmond, VA dropped to -6°, the first of six consecutive days with below 0° readings. The cold followed on the heels of the city’s biggest snowstorm ever, as 21.6 inches of snow fell over a 3-day period.

    1949
    Las Vegas, NV recorded 4.7 inches of snow. This brought the monthly snowfall total to 16.7 inches which still ranks as their snowiest month on record.

    1950
    Parts of the Ohio Valley, lower Great Lakes and southern Canada enjoyed a preview to spring with sunshine and record high temperatures. Fort Wayne, IN soared to a January record high of 69° following a record January morning high minimum temperature of 52°. Other January record included: South Bend, IN: 68°, Grand Rapids, MI: 66°, Muskegon, MI: 63° and Toronto, Ontario Canada: 62.1°.

    In contrast, Billings, MT managed an afternoon high of just -10° during their coldest January on record where the average temperature was just 5.1°.

    1956
    38 inches of rain was recorded in a 24-hour period through this date at the Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii. 12 inches occurred in just one hour.

    1965
    A severe dust storm swept from the northern Plains into Oklahoma. Visibility dropped to near zero in parts of west Texas and western Oklahoma. Winds gusted to 75 mph in Lubbock, TX and 55 mph at Oklahoma City, OK. The blowing dust eventually spread as far east as Pennsylvania

    Alta, UT was buried under 105 inches of snow, establishing a snowfall record for the state.

    1971
    The highest wind gust was recorded in the state of Colorado of 147 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the Mesa in southwest Boulder. Other wind gusts included: At the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder: 91 mph, downtown Boulder: 87 mph and 75 mph at the Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield. The winds caused widespread minor damage in Boulder.

    1972
    A windstorm brought gusts to 66 mph at Buffalo, NY and a temperature drop from 51 at 1am to 10 at Midnight. Lake front flooding occurred on Lake Erie with a peak storm surge of 9.2 feet during the morning. Minor flooding occurred on Cayuga Island in the Niagara River.

    1977
    This was the 29th consecutive day where the high temperature at Chicago, IL was below freezing. The 43-day long cold snap lasted from 12/28/1976 through 2/8/1977 setting the all-time record for the longest period below freezing. This was also the same time period of below freezing temperatures at Rockford, IL also setting their all-time record.

    This was the last day of a 28 day period where Springfield, IL had high temperatures of 32 degrees or below.

    1978
    Meteorologist Bert Reeves was concerned as he studied the weather charts for the day from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, IN. He issued a blizzard warning for the entire state of Indiana. It turned out to be a good move, as the Great Blizzard of ’78 began. The worst of the storm occurred from eastern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan where snowfall totals of one to two feet were common with South Bend, IN picking up three feet thanks to lake effect. At times, winds gusted to 80 mph creating whiteout conditions, drifts to rooftops of one story buildings and wind chill readings down to -60°.

    Beginning on this date through February 23rd, there was a record 30 days with temperatures below freezing at St. Louis, MO.

    1983
    The barometric pressure in a massive storm in Gulf of Alaska dropped to 940 millibars or 27.76 inHg, the equivalent of a strong category 4 hurricane.

    1987
    The second major storm in three days hit the Eastern Seaboard producing up to 15 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Up to 30 inches of snow covered the ground in Virginia following the two storms.

    Oklahoma reeled from one of its worst winter storms ever as up to two inches of ice accumulated from Duncan to Norman to Tulsa. Many areas were without power for up to two weeks.

    1988
    A Nor’easter moved up the Atlantic Coast spreading heavy snow from the Carolinas to New England, with as much as 16 inches reported in the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania.

    High winds created blizzard conditions across the eastern Foothills of Colorado. Winds gusted to 109 mph at Echo Lake, 96 mph near Rollinsville and 48 mph at the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver..

    1989
    Bitter cold air, coming down from Alaska, settled over the Northern Rockies. Wilson, WY reported a morning low of -48°.

    Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S. One thunderstorm in north central Texas spawned a tornado which injured three people in the town of Troy.

    1990
    Low pressure developed explosively over east central Missouri and moved into Lower Michigan producing high winds and heavy snow across parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Wind gusts to 60 mph and up to a foot of snow created near blizzard conditions in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Wind gusts in Indiana reached 76 mph at Wabash and 58 mph at Fort Wayne. Thunderstorms associated with the storm produced wind gusts to 54 mph at Fort Madison, IA.

    A vicious wind storm hit Europe with winds of up to 120 mph. 47 people died in Great Britain with damage estimates as high as $1.3 billion dollars.

    1991
    It was a cold morning at Saranack Lake, NY, as the temperature plummeted to -25°.

    1999
    Residents of the San Joaquin Valley in California were treated to a rare occurrence of snow; their biggest in 67 years. Snow had only fallen in the area 15 times since 1937, when 3 inches fell at Bakersfield during the early morning hours on this date. Meadows Field recorded 3 inches but amounts between 4 and 6 inches were reported in the Panorama Heights area of northeast Bakersfield. In Tulare County snow plows were called out to remove 2 to 4 inches of snow. The weight of the snow also caused trees and power lines to fall plunging 75,000 customers into darkness in Kern and Tulare Counties. Snow fell as far north as Fresno where a dusting was observed and as far west as Hanford where a half inch accumulated. Other amounts included: Lindsay: 4 inches, Delano: 3.5 inches, Wasco and Corcoran: 3 inches, Porterville: 2.5 inches and 2 inches at Visalia, Taft, Lost Hills, Sanger and Parlier.

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    • Andy DC says:

      Who would believe it? Weather happens, sometimes extreme, climate change or not!

      Those late 70’s winters were incredible. What if had continued to cool from that point, rather than warm? We would now be in the middle of a freaking Ice Age!

      • tckev says:

        Of course those are just weather events, whereas unScientific unAmerican are worrying about climate events.
        That ‘s the difference.

  6. “…coral reefs are less brilliant over the course of their lives…”

    The more probable reason is that lysergic acid diethylamide has become increasingly more difficult for that writer to obtain over the course of his life.

  7. cosmoscon says:

    This reminds me of another agw cult member Matthew Bailes who lamented that Climate Change won’t have a Sandy Hook moment. http://cosmoscon.com/2012/12/30/leftists-are-awful-people/. These Leftists are truly evil people.

  8. Justa Joe says:

    She says that she doesn’t want to be an apocalypse-monger, but she then proceeds to be an apocalypse-monger and then some.

    She prays that the secular human goddess, Gaia, will strike down her enemies.

  9. I’ve no intention of renewing my subscription to Unscientific American this year. I’ve had more than enough of this sort of rubbish. None of them seem to do any background research any longer to check their facts.

  10. jimash1 says:

    “For a moment, imagine a world where the whole process were sped up, where the effects were drastic enough for a person to feel and register them over the course of a few months or a year.”

    I don’t know where this broad lives but we have that in New Jersey.
    Every few months, the temperature rises or drops some fantastic amount, often nearly 100º
    in the course of a few weeks, and all the plants die or come to life and the entire landscape changes . Some say that this has been going on for many years. It is almost like clockwork.

  11. Brad says:

    “Rather, I worry about people’s incredible ability to acclimate: to let changes go unnoticed, as long as they’re gradual over time.”

    I find it incredible that she doesn’t recognize her (or her masters?) own modus operandi of incremental changes to convert the populace to their liberal agenda. Most people won’t notice if we just ban a few of those nasty guns, raise the taxes just a little bit more, increase regulations just a little bit more, etc.

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