No, the Cold Doesn’t Mean No Global Warming
Jan. 8, 2010
Bottom line — fast and simple? Three points:
1. Weather is not climate.
2. Manmade global warming means less frequent cold snaps (not none at all) and more frequent heat waves — just as we’ve been having.
3. You know (don’t you?) about the record high temperatures this week in Washington State, Alaska and Bulgaria in the Northern Hemisphere — plus, down south, the record-breaking high temperatures in New Zealand, and the second hottest year on record (after 2005) in Australia?
Kevin Trenberth, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, agreed.
“Weather is chaotic. It has an infinite amount of variability, and that’s just the nature of weather,” he said. “Weather dominates on a day-to-day basis, and there will be warmer periods and cooler periods. But it’s the overall pattern that gives you the climate.”
But in 2012, Washington State, Alaska, Bulgaria, New Zealand, and Australia all had very cold winters. So that must prove global cooling? The point is all moot anyway, because Trenberth now believes that weather is climate.
(WASHINGTON) — If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.
Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.
Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in fire-charred Colorado, said these are the very record-breaking conditions he has said would happen, but many people wouldn’t listen. So it’s I told-you-so time, he said.
Next time it turns cold in Colorado, Trenberth will most certainly go back to believing that weather is not climate. Because he is an expert.