Friday, March 07, 2008

Unseasonably Cold Weather Doesn’t Refute Global Warming

In Laguna Beach, we had a summery weekend February 9-10th, but I’ve been cold all during December, January, and the rest of February. Hasn’t it been cold?

Not just cold here. Take a look at recent headlines:
Unusual, but it snowed in Baghdad, Iraq. CNN reported Friday, January 11, 2008 Let it Snow.... in Baghdad

Unusual, but it snowed in Jerusalem, Israel. See Jerusalem Post January 29, 2008 article “J'lem meltdown begins after snowstorm

Unusual, but it snowed in Athens, Greece. See Associated Press February 18th, 2008 article “Heavy snow cuts off Greek villages, disrupts air traffic in Turkey, Athens

China has experienced a very cold winter. On February 4, 2008 Yahoo reported China battles "coldest winter in 100 years"

Does all this refute claims of global warming? Of course not, it’s the tiniest set of data. From such a small amount a data, it would be unscientific to draw such a conclusion.

There are some that are quite unscientific among us. See February 13, 2008 article Sen. Kerry Blames Tornadoes on Global Warming Its says “Former Democratic presidential nominee blames 'intense storms' that have killed more than 50 on climate change.” ..”Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States.”

Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts is quoted as saying: “[I] don’t want to sort of leap into the larger meaning of, you know, inappropriately, but on the other hand, the weather service has told us we are going to have more and more intense storms,” … “And insurance companies are beginning to look at this issue and understand this is related to the intensity of storms that is related to the warming of the earth. And so it goes to global warming and larger issues that we’re not paying attention to. The fact is the hurricanes are more intensive, the storms are more intensive and the rainfall is more intense at certain places at certain times and the weather patterns have changed.”

The article states that “meteorologist. Roger Edwards, a meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma has doubts about any global warming and tornado relationship. ‘As of this writing, no scientific studies solidly relate climatic global temperature trends to tornadoes,’ Edwards” …”wrote on the Earth & Sky Web site in April 2007. ‘I don’t expect any such results in the near future either, because tornadoes are too small, short–lived, hard to measure and count, and too dependent on day to day, even minute to minute weather conditions’.”


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