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Monday, March 16, 2015

Weather is cyclical

The Associated Press on Sunday: "Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record with 108.6 inches."

The Boston Globe on January 2, 2000: "Boston Sets Record for Snowless Winter."

And so it does. The climate change brigade -- liberals who think carbon dioxide is a poison -- are trying to co-opt a snowy winter in New England as proof of their idiocy.

In 2000, the story line was this:
People across the region are subtly adapting to the milder winters, mowing lawns and painting houses deep into the fall, wearing windbreakers instead of parkas in December, keeping furnaces set low, or giving up on frosty, holiday-season ice skating. (The Metropolitan District Commission will offer free indoor skating during school vacation so children are less likely to try pond skating.)
At Central Paint True Value Hardware in Hyde Park, manager Barry Central has reduced his orders of snow blowers the last couple of years because he has grown to expect little snow in December, the key month for sales. Six out of the last nine years, Boston has not had snow deep enough to shovel until after Christmas, giving people few incentives to buy snow equipment.
''If we get snow in October or November, people see that as a threat and they get off their duffs and do something,'' Central explained. But, this year, his only buyers have been ''a few hearty souls who plan ahead.''
At the Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, where the weather was too warm even for manmade snow on Friday, co-owner Stanley Beers was philosophical as he looked out over the bare slopes. ''You learn in this business that this is the way life is. If you can get one good year out of five, you're doing well,'' he said.
In 2009, the global warming crowd doubled down:
New England has already started to feel the effects of global climate change. Snow cover is decreasing and spring arrives earlier. Scientists predict that we may be headed for a Boston climate much like that of Charlotte, North Carolina, or Atlanta, Georgia. Find out what is in store for Massachusetts and the other New England states—and what could happen to Boston. How could coastal flooding affect us? And what is the likelihood of extreme weather such as nor’easters and ice storms. Learn how our geography — with our vulnerable wetlands and coastal habitats — may determine our destiny.
But weather is cyclical. There are plenty of factors for the snow in New England this winter, particularly the Atlantic Ocean warming to temperatures last seen in the 1970s when weather patterns were similar.

But the global warming crowd is sneaky. Here is the explanation from Ken Trenberth, a senior scientist National Center for Atmospheric Research, which pushes this nonsense:
No doubt there is a big element of chance in having the weather pattern of the storm tracks setting up in an optimal fashion to produce big snow storms one after the after. But in mid-winter, there is plenty of cold continental air to ensure that precipitation falls as snow rather than rain.
At the same time, the environment has warmed especially compared to 1978 (when the last set of major snow storms occurred), boosting the odds of huge amounts of snow. Part of the warming is from human activities increasing heat trapping gases (carbon dioxide) which have warmed the global oceans. Part is from climate variability (such as from the quiet hurricane season last summer — when all the activity was shifted to the warm Pacific), and the result is sea surface temperatures off the coast exceeding 7°F above normal in parts and 4°F over huge expanses, thereby resulting in 15 to 20% more moisture in the atmosphere.
That moisture gets caught up in the storms, likely invigorating the storms themselves, and the result is major snow storms.
Yes, weather is cyclical. But notice how he inserted carbon dioxide into the explanation. He could not resist. He should of. Because he is now saying carbon dioxide leads to a "quiet hurricane season" after decades of telling us carbon dioxide fuels hurricanes.

Carbon dioxide has nothing to do with it. You had big storms in 1978 that were just as bad, but the global warming crowd screamed global cooling then.

Meanwhile there is this...


  1. This just in..."the environment has warmed especially compared to 1978 (when the last set of major snow storms occurred), boosting the odds of huge amounts of snow. "

    Can scientists, or journalists, parse the content of sentences?

    Let us see what if there is a there there

    environment has warmed - self explanatory

    especially compared to 1978 - but what is so important about that year? could it be that it was peak "global cooling"?

    ah, but

    1978 was when the last set of major snow storms occurred - got it cold and snowy

    boosting the odds of huge amounts of snow - so apparently 1978 beat the odds for huge amounts of snow? Even though the environment was colder?


  2. Climate Change is Chuck Norris--it does what it wants, and nothing can stop it,