Now that the mainstream media are hyperventilating over global warming being responsible for the heat wave, fires and thunderstorms hitting the US, it is a good time to check if they are applying the same science they used to explain winter cold snaps, like the one we saw just 2 years ago.
If they were serious, you’d at least think their science would remain consistent when explaining weather extremes. Anything else, after all, is just quackery.
Two years ago, the AP and scientists blamed the unusually cold winter weather on “natural variability”; they began:
Beijing had its coldest morning in almost 40 years and its biggest snowfall since 1951. Britain is suffering through its longest cold snap since 1981. And freezing weather is gripping the Deep South, including Florida’s orange groves and beaches.
Whatever happened to global warming? experts say the cold snap doesn’t disprove global warming at all ‘It’s part of natural variability,’ said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, ‘we’ll still have record cold temperatures. We’ll just have fewer of them.’
Scientists say man-made climate change does have the potential to cause more frequent and more severe weather extremes…and even cold spells.”
The AP then quoted scientists to explain the cause of the cold snap of 2010, saying that it was just a “big outbreak of Arctic air over populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere“, and then went on to provide the details about natural variability, which of course is reasonable.
But to explain the current 2012 heat wave near DC, they completely abandoned the reasonable science and went off and blamed CO2 witchcraft and Big Oil sorcerers summoning a heat wave.
So it’s up to us to use the rest of the AP’s 2010 story to explain the heat wave, changing only a few words:
‘We basically have seen just a big outbreak of
Arctictropical air’ over populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Arndt said. ‘The Arctictropical air has really turned itself loose on us.’
In the atmosphere, large rivers of air travel roughly west to east around the globe between the Arctic and the tropics. This air flow acts like a fence to keep
Arctictropical air confined.
But recently, this air flow has become bent into a pronounced zigzag pattern, meandering
northsouth and southnorth .If you live in a place where it brings air updown from the southnorth, you get warmcold weather. In fact, record highslows were reported this week in Washington state and AlaskaWest Coast.
But in the eastern United States, like some other unlucky parts of the globe,
Arctictropical air is swooping downin from the northsouthwest. And that’s how you get a temperature of 3104 degrees in BeijingWashington DC, a reading of minus-42+104 in mainland NorwayNorfolk, and 18 inches of snowrain in parts of Britainthe South, where a member of ParliamentCongress who said the snowheat ‘clearly indicates a coolingwarming trend’ was jeered by colleagues.
The zigzag pattern arises naturally from time to time, but it is not clear why it’s so strong right now, said Michelle L’Heureux, a meteorologist at the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The center says the pattern should begin to weaken in a week or two.
Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground, a forecasting service, said he expects more typical
wintersummer weather across North America early next week.
That will be welcome news in the South, where farmers have been trying to salvage millions of dollars’ worth of strawberries and other crops.
Why Borenstein and the quack scientists he interviewed didn’t use the same 2010 cold-snap science to explain the general atmospheric dynamics behind the current heat is sort of a mystery. Now that we are dealing with heat, they are blaming it all on CO2 without even citing a single paper to back it up.
So what are we left with? We have to assume that it’s a few fringe charlatans trying to fan the flames of fear. It’s as sad an example of sham science as you’ll ever find.
For these catastrophe-mongers, warm weather in the winter means global warming, cold weather in the winter also means global warming, heat in the summer of course means global warming, and so does cold in the summer. It is nothing more than the irresponsible perpetuation of an increasingly obvious fraud.