Remember all those reports about how snow in the wintertime would be so seldom that it would be exciting, permafrost would melt, and palm trees possibly spreading to northern Europe? This all due to AGW. Well, according to the prominent online Sueddeutsche Zeitung (South German News), there’s been some, errr, adjustments to climate models, or something. Forget all them warming scenarios. The Suddeutsche Zeitung reports today the following:
Climate change could lead to especially cold winters to precisely large industrial nations in Europe, North America and Asia. The cause of all this is the irreversible disappearance of Arctic ice, says James Overland of the American weather adminstration NOAA.
and Overland is quoted as saying:
Cold and snowy winters will become more the rule than the exception.
Overland made these comments last Friday at a conference at the end of the International Polar Year in Oslo. Last winter was just a taste of what could possibly happen in Europe and in the USA.
Overland says that a warmer Arctic polar region leads to the development of stable cold highs in the north, which in turn pump cold Arctic air down to the middle latitudes, which include Germany, Great Britain and France.
Normally European countries are supplied with warmer, more moist Atlantic air that keeps winters on the mild side. But in the future, cold will predominate.
So take note all you tree-hugging Europeans: global warming means cold harsh winters. Don’t forget we told you so! It all fits with catastrophic AGW. Yes, it sounds crazy, but that’s what it is. So If some wacked out denialist brings up cold winters as an argument to refute AGW, then just tell them that to the contrary, it just proves AGW!
One Süddeutsche Zeitung reader Reinhard Boesch reacts, like many others, as follows:
I’ve been reading for 20 years now in the science section of your paper about the climate catastrophe, the greatest catastrophe in human history. This was fully supported by Graßl, Schellnhuber and Rahmstorf, with your editors prophesising red-hot summers, rainy winters and the end of skiing below elevations of 1500m. The fundamental science underpinning these claims was beyond doubt (settled) and anyone who dared to challenge the science was first labelled as a climate sceptic, then as a denier, and finally marginalised as a flatearther. But now it’s going to get colder because it’s getting warmer. Perhaps we should handle science reports like stock reports – ignore them and just take them as they come.