March 31, 2008

How Ya Likin' Your Global Warming?
— Ace

January 2008 featured the most snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere in since the previous anomalous year of 1984.

I was actually looking for data on global temperatures the past three months. I didn't find it, so perhaps it's not yet fully compiled and vetted.

It sure seems like the record chill of the past year is continuing.

January 2008 has been an exceptional month for winter weather, not only in North America but across the globe, according to numerous indicators.

We've had anecdotal evidence of odd weather in the form of wire reports from China, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, and record-setting cold and snow have been felt with intensity not seen for 30 to 100 years, depending on the region.

We also have reports of significant negative anomalies in the global satellite data for the lower troposphere. There has been a global drop in temperature of 0.63º Centigrade in the past 12 months. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA} has announced that January 2008 was below twentieth century temperature averages.

Arctic sea ice has quickly recovered from the record low extent of summer 2007. Although a massive La Niña weather pattern might be the driver behind all of this, the changing weather may also be a harbinger of a more long-term phase shift, according to veteran forecaster Joe Bastardi.


Said Bastardi, "The maturation of the La Niña to its classic major cold look, both in the equatorial Pacific waters and the amazing amount of the Northern Hemisphere troposphere that is covered by colder-than-normal temperatures, is not only a major driving force in the everyday weather picture of Earth, but is a sign that in the end, it is nature, not man, that will have its way with the weather.

"It is straight out of the book of climate," Bastardi adds. "The pattern is so much like the 1949-1950 La Niña, which was signaling the start of the reversal of the warming of the Earth's climate in the 1930s, '40s, and early '50s. Only someone choosing to ignore it, or not wanting to see it, would not be cognizant of it."

If there are articles out there hyping a springing-back of temperatures back up above average, or even at the average, a quick search didn't find them.

And you know, of course, how much the MSM likes to trumpet one or three month temperature changes if they're in the right direction.

Let me give you my own report on global warming in the northeastern United States: It's cold and miserable, and it has been cold and miserable for as long as I can remember. At some point spring is supposed to come, right?

I'm beginning to wish global warming were in fact true.

Maine Breaks Record For Snowfall: Yes, I realize this is just anecdotal and a local phenomenon, except it's not just anecdotal and local, it seems to be happening everywhere (or at least the northern hemisphere).

Furthermore, the Warmistas have never been shy about championing a one-off weather event as proving general full-earth long-term global warming. Turnabout is fair play.

Look at all that warmth piled up beside the roads!

Yes yes, I know, it's not global warming, it's "climate change," and now global warming can mean global cooling too.

Basically, any time the temperature is more that .1 degree away from average, in either direction, it's global warming/global cooling/global nearly averaging.

Thanks to Slublog.

Posted by: Ace at 06:44 AM | Comments (70)
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1 Sunny and high 60s in SoCal, if you care.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 31, 2008 06:55 AM (gWoag)

2 In a way it doesn't matter as our new enviroverlords will trace any climate changiness itself to CO2. So unless there is no more changiness in the climate, they will not stop.

Wait. Never mind. If the climate stops changing it would be another man-made disaster which would require me to walk to work from now and give all of my money to the Taxman to prove I care.

Posted by: runninrebel at March 31, 2008 06:58 AM (0n9wc)

3 Yeah, but it was freakin' overcast all weekend. What happened to the high 70s and 80s we had last week? I moved to this godforsaken land, I DEMAND SATISFACTION.

Posted by: Gabriel at March 31, 2008 06:58 AM (PRetR)

4 In the D/FW area, we're gonna be in the mid-to-upper 70's all week, and our bluebonnets are starting to bloom. If you don't like snow, move to Texas.

Posted by: Reverend Dakrness at March 31, 2008 06:58 AM (43Hl9)

5 It's snowing here, now, in the upper midwest.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at March 31, 2008 06:58 AM (zrG3L)

6 It has been nice here, hasn't it Brad. A little crisp in the morning followed by some warm afternoon sunshine.

Posted by: runninrebel at March 31, 2008 06:59 AM (0n9wc)

7

Two weekends ago it was in the upper 70s here (NC).

I planted 10 trees in my back yard.

Yesterday, the high was 42.

I think I may have oversequestered the carbon here..

So I figure I ought to cut down maybe 3 trees.

Hopefully I can moderate the temperatures right around the upper 60s - lower 70s.

Help with the math -- and settling the science! -- would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and don't give me any hints about running my SUV -- I'm trying to ween this country off of her dependency on foreign oil in my spare time.

Posted by: hit and run at March 31, 2008 06:59 AM (jjNS6)

8 Record snowfall and cold all winter long in Western Montana.

Posted by: Jake at March 31, 2008 06:59 AM (NM195)

9 Hey, does home heating equipment pump out CO2? Because I use a hell of a lot more oil to heat the house than I do driving my car. So doesn't cold weather contribute to global warming? Mmmm?

Posted by: S. Weasel at March 31, 2008 07:00 AM (rasT+)

10 How much cooling will it take for John McCain to give up on using Global Warming as an excuse to get deeper into our pockets?

Posted by: Bugler at March 31, 2008 07:01 AM (YCVBL)

11

Ace,

Check Anthony Watt's site for satellite data. March's data will not be ready for another week or so. The linked post has data through February. Oh yeah, Ace, it is Spring and wintry weather is certainly something you'd expect this time of year in the Northeast . Here in the South, it has been about average with welcome rain. Heck, we hit 80 here last week. Oh well, it's in the 50s today so far.

Posted by: Hank Rearden at March 31, 2008 07:03 AM (eXk2G)

12 Heavy wet snow coming down now in Western Massachusetts.

Somebody must be playing an Al Gore speech.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2008 07:04 AM (0AZ4a)

13 It's cold and miserable, and it has been cold and miserable for as long as I can remember. At some point spring is supposed to come, right?

Dear The Weather Here In The Northeast:

I hate you and hope you die in a fire.

Hate, me.

It's been like this since October or so, which now makes it six months of cold, wet, nasty, icy, miserable weather.  My entire office is at each other's throats and I really do believe that the weather is part of it.  The sun came out for a time yesterday and I nearly burst into tears of joy.  I don't usually suffer from SAD but I think I'm right on the breaking point.

Also?  Those of you where the weather is better?  Bite.  And.  Me. 

Posted by: alexthechick at March 31, 2008 07:04 AM (SHHaV)

14 Gabe, you kids on the hill have to put up with the marine layer as penance for not having brown people scare you the bajeesus out of you every day.

Posted by: runninrebel at March 31, 2008 07:06 AM (0n9wc)

15 There is significant evidence that the climate is cyclic, and that we are definitely headed for another ice age.  I saw one of those Discovery Channel type shows a few months ago that discussed the climate changes over the entire life of the earth.  They said that maybe, perhaps, human activity could be changing the climate a little, but even if it were happening, it would only delay the next ice age by a few hundred years at most.

It isn't difficult for a reasonable person to see which would be worse, if the world were overall a little warmer, or if it were overall cooler.  Warmer might mean ocean levels rise a little, and we lose a little land mass, but colder would mean less food available since less farmland would be available.  It would only take a few bad winters before mass starvation would occur.

If you think we should be spending money on this, then we should be looking into ways to survive a long cold snap.  That would do much more damage.

Posted by: cranky-d at March 31, 2008 07:06 AM (8RwJy)

16

Hey, rebel,

there's a reason I moved here after 8 Chicago winters. Sure it's a workers paradise, and even with the housing crash half a million will get you a 2BR fixer upper condo, but I don't have to shovel snow (yet).

Posted by: XBradTC at March 31, 2008 07:07 AM (gWoag)

17 Ann Arbor, Michigan - most snow since records began in 1880.

Posted by: Robert at March 31, 2008 07:09 AM (Rb4Qc)

18 Spring's kinda nice, if you like spiders.  Bastards won't even let me enjoy my sun porch!  At least they aren't snakes, I guess. 

Posted by: Joanie at March 31, 2008 07:10 AM (Z9tCp)

19 Maine isn't the only state with record snow this winter.  New Hampshire is close, as are some parts of Canada, Wyoming, Iowa, Ohio...etc...

Type "record snow" into Google News and you'll see it's been an unusually snowy winter.  And, like alexthechick, I'm getting pretty damned tired of it myself.

Posted by: Slublog at March 31, 2008 07:10 AM (R8+nJ)

20 BTW, where I am it just fraken snowed again.  Dammit, I spent most of the winter in Southern California, and thought I missed this crap.

Gaia hates me because I'm a warmongering conservative, I guess.

Posted by: cranky-d at March 31, 2008 07:11 AM (8RwJy)

21 Dear The Weather Here In The Northeast:

I hate you and hope you die in a fire.

I
too also hate the weather where I am at. It hasn't decided what it wants to do yet and it meanders somewhere between freaking old and ridiculously humid and miserable.

Not to mention here, the southeast, is still stuck in a drought. It has been raining for the past two weeks and we're still in a drought.

My only consolation is that we moved up a catagory in the drought rating. Moved from exceptional (which apparently means the most horrible drought ever) to Worst (which is apparently not the worst but close.)

Dry, but very very very cold.

Posted by: Aurvant at March 31, 2008 07:11 AM (PV/4J)

22 We have had over 100 inches of "Climate Change" in Maine this winter, with MORE arriving in about an hour!

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 07:13 AM (8nB5X)

23

Watching tv yesterday, which I almost never do any more, the WWF (not the wrestling thing, the wildlife outfit) had like a 2 minute commercial on the poor Polar Bears.

It was heart-wrenching and gut-rending.  That poor little baby polar bear jumping off the little ice floe to keep up with mama.

If you can watch that and not be moved* -- you are a bigger man than I.

 

 

------------------

*It was an unusually large bowel movement, actually

Posted by: hit and run at March 31, 2008 07:14 AM (jjNS6)

24 80s with 30-40% humdidity right now here in sunny SW FL.

Posted by: Laddy at March 31, 2008 07:16 AM (4ehH+)

25 I was running a fever, but now I have the chills.  Deal, whiners.

Posted by: The Earth at March 31, 2008 07:24 AM (e59Bv)

26 I gotz no HTML skillz so I won't even try to post a link, but instapundit has a link to zombietime showing pics from a pro-troops rally at Berkley. Might wanna check it out.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 31, 2008 07:25 AM (gWoag)

27 The environmentalists/Socialists driving the whole global warming panic have all the bases covered. If it is too warm then global warming will destroy the earth. If it is too cold then "climate change" is the deadly culprit. If the climate of the planet stayed consistently perfect with no storms or problems, they would default back to their old position of "it is better for the earth and everything on it if we consume less and keep the planet clean".
The whole climate debate is nothing more than an attempt to economically cripple Western economies and limit the damage that the human virus can cause to mother Gaia.

Posted by: dri at March 31, 2008 07:26 AM (qu/jV)

28 Anybody else catch St Al of Gore last night on 60 Minutes?  What a smug, sanctimonious dick.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2008 07:26 AM (t+mja)

29 We awoke here in SLC to 3 inches of snow in the valleys and much more in the mountains.

And my daffodils are blooming, for what that's worth.

After many years of drought, which has caused Lake Powell to go down significantly, they figure that this year it will rise about 50 feet.

Considering the surface area of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Powell">that monstrous thing</a>, that's a lotta watta.

Posted by: dicentra at March 31, 2008 07:31 AM (HyYBP)

30 I was running a fever, but now I have the chills.  Deal, whiners.
-The Earth

I think Gaia is going through menopause.

Posted by: cranky-d at March 31, 2008 07:35 AM (8RwJy)

31 1) You wingnuts need to go to school and learn the difference between climate and weather. Climate is whatever I can link to electing Democrats.  Weather is what is going on outside and up in the clouds.  To wit:  A polar bear dies -- climate.  Temperatures falling for the last 6 years -- weather.

2) Our pollution of Gaia with CO2 can make it get either warmer or colder, depending on what the media can turn into a topical story.  It can also cause hurricanes and the even-more-dreaded lack of hurricanes.

3) The Science is settled.  Because closing off debate is what The Science has always been about.  That's it.  It's settled.  Shut your stupid face about it.  LALALALA -- not listening to you!  Look, we can't have people "fixing" problems in the models -- that's not what The Science is about. And "analyzing new data" and making "new discoveries?"   That's just a few flat-earthers (who probably aren't even climate scientists, even when they are) spewing flat-earth talk, you know, from back when The Science was settled that the earth was flat.

4) If we don't Save The Planet, who will?  After all, it is clearly we who control the Fate Of The Planet.  Hence, no one is more important that I am we are.  When you think about it, we are like GODS!

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at March 31, 2008 07:40 AM (XNbP9)

32 I think Gaia is going through menopause.

Well, they do say the Sun is middle-aged, I guess it makes sense that the rest of the solar system is as well.

Posted by: Guy of Gisbourne at March 31, 2008 07:40 AM (rlIc6)

33 When you think about it, we are like GODS!

I call Kali!

Posted by: alexthechick at March 31, 2008 07:51 AM (SHHaV)

34 Bender:

LOL, why would you waste your time transcribing what you're listening to on NPR?

Posted by: Merovign at March 31, 2008 07:52 AM (IaYDo)

35

Everyone wish Big Gay Al Gore a happy birthday today!

6" and counting...   (snowfall, pervs)

Posted by: Not quite an April Fool at March 31, 2008 08:08 AM (XjZZY)

36

poor little baby polar bear jumping off the little ice floe to keep up with mama

I've always wondered why the Latin name for these things is ursus maritimus. Hmmm ... maritimus ...almost makes you think polar bears might be at home in the water, but we know that can't be true. I mean the damned things get stranded out on those icebergs like we've all seen in The.Global.Warming. Stock.Photo.

Posted by: Andy at March 31, 2008 08:10 AM (C3mTI)

37

Ohmygod, they killed Global Warming!

You Bastardi!

Posted by: ToddH at March 31, 2008 08:15 AM (8b1J8)

38 Joe Bastardi?

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 08:18 AM (8nB5X)

39

It's the plants!  Those filthy, toxin-oozing plants!  They're out to kill us all!  Throw off the shackle of false consciousness and kill some fucking plants!

Posted by: Animal Supremacy Front at March 31, 2008 08:31 AM (YCVBL)

40

I wonder how many people would be interested in contributing to a fund that could be used to sue Algore?I have a few lawyer friends willing to give me a discount,but it would still cost a pretty penny to follow thru with.

I am serious about this.Something needs to be done about the incessant propaganda that is thrown at us day after day.No one is held accountable.We have idiot politicians(hello,John McCain)willing to destroy our way of life without any debate whatsoever.If we could at least get the debate out into the open,we might have a chance to turn the clock back on this.

Posted by: vae victus at March 31, 2008 08:32 AM (Z6ThE)

41 It's miserable, cold drizzle in the western Philly 'burbs. I'm ready for some global warming, please -- before I have to barter the newborn to PECO to cover the heating bill.

Posted by: crankyprof at March 31, 2008 08:48 AM (mlPw2)

42 LALALALALALALA I can't hear you LALALALALALALALALALA

Posted by: Seattle Munck at March 31, 2008 08:56 AM (f7A+e)

43 Took fourty posts before somebody noticed the name of the guy in the article.

Posted by: mcgurk at March 31, 2008 09:07 AM (Ri74D)

44 Record snowfall here in Iowa this winter.  Miserable.  Can't wait to leave.

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2008 09:08 AM (R3QGX)

45 Ha ha, it's 65 F and sunny here in So Cal. Suck it, whiners!

Posted by: Slowking Man at March 31, 2008 09:25 AM (M5wXk)

46 You wingnuts need to go to school and learn the difference between climate and weather.The second liberal, Tim F., posting at Batshit CrazyBalloon Juice, posted something similar recently, only from the other side. You know, the side where logic, reason and facts are simply drug-induced fantasies. Anyway, Weenie F brought up the cold weather the last year and tried to explain to us borderline retarded skeptics that there's a difference between the weather and the climate. For some reason, I'm having trouble finding the earlier post he wrote when a hot spell hit and he brushed it aside as mere weather instead of THE END OF THE WORLD. My Googlefu must not be up to snuff, because he obviously wouldn't be a fucking hypocrite about something like this. Right?

Posted by: physics geek at March 31, 2008 09:33 AM (MT22W)

47

The one place that had a warmer-than-usual winter was northern Europe, which means they'll be more irritable than usual whenever they read about cold weather everywhere else.

Bummer, dudes!  Yeah, we defeated Global Warming by cornering it and forcing it to concentrate itself in Scandanavia!

Posted by: Dogstar at March 31, 2008 09:43 AM (FgxdU)

48

Ha ha, it's 65 F and sunny here in So Cal. Suck it, whiners

But are also stuck in CALIFORNIA! hahahahaha

 

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 09:51 AM (8nB5X)

49

Maine Breaks Record For Snowfall: Yes, I realize this is just anecdotal and a local phenomenon, except it's not just anecdotal and local, it seems to be happening everywhere (or at least the northern hemisphere).

More "anecdotal" and "local" evidence:

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Winter of 2007-2008 breaks the top-5 snowiest on record for Spokane. As of 1 a.m. Sunday, March 30th, the winter snowfall total for Spokane was 82.5 inches, the fifth snowiest on record. Records have been kept for spokane since 1893.

Top Ten Winter Snow Totals
1. 93.5 INCHES 1949-1950
2. 89.0 INCHES 1974-1975
3. 87.3 INCHES 1992-1993
4. 83.2 INCHES 1955-1956
5. 82.5 INCHES 2007-2008**
6. 81.7 INCHES 1964-1965
7. 80.5 INCHES 1996-1997
8. 79.6 INCHES 1951-1952
9. 77.5 INCHES 1968-1969
10. 73.5 INCHES 1931-1932

**2007-2008 season not yet complete. More snow is possible...(which, I take to mean, we can expect some more of G(h)ore's wonderful little white bundles of joy.)

Posted by: franksalterego at March 31, 2008 10:02 AM (azHOu)

50 Global warming is the biggist fruad being perpatraited upon the world by a bunch of con artists and green extremists

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at March 31, 2008 10:37 AM (kexrr)

51

I'm going to slow my breathing down so that I don't contribute to more global warming!!

Look at how much I fucking care!

I am caring for Mother Earth! I love my Mother!


This shit is definitely cultish, in a George Romero zombie kind of way. Unthinking...

My question is: do any of the assholes who push this agenda live in a total fucking hellhole like Michigan?

Posted by: Sir Rev. Dr. E Buzz Heinz-Miller-Heinz, Esq at March 31, 2008 11:39 AM (sf4Oe)

52 I am wondering whether it would be an advantage or a disadvantage to go through life with a name like Joe Bastardi. I think I would probably try to live up to it a bit too much, like if I were called Chuck Asshole or Brad Douchestain.

Posted by: David Gillies at March 31, 2008 12:10 PM (2FZO3)

53

A gramatically correct post from the great Plover without ALL CAPS, and just one spelling mistake?

It is a miracle!

 

Posted by: Tushar D at March 31, 2008 12:15 PM (IlgNp)

54

like if I were called Chuck Asshole or Brad Douchestain

Or maybe Shlomo Lipschitz?

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 12:17 PM (XWJh5)

55

biggist fruad being perpatraited

and just one spelling mistake?

It is a miracle!

Check again, amigo. There's 3 spelling goofs in 4 words. No offense.

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 12:40 PM (XWJh5)

56 JackStraw #28 "Anybody else catch St Al of Gore last night on 60 Minutes? "

No, but supposedly he's covering the $300Million costs of his new superduper advertising campaign by contributing the $10Million he made with his book/movie deal plus Nobel prize money.  Inexplicably the hard-hitting deep-digging reporterette forgot to ask him where the other $290Million is coming from.  Probably just an oversight or something, I wouldn't read too much in to it, no indeedy, that would be irresponsible.




China?

Tushar #54: Let's check that:

Global warming is the biggist fruad being perpatraited upon the world by a bunch of con artists and green extremists

Posted by: Stoop Davy Dave at March 31, 2008 12:46 PM (WirW3)

57 Mother nature always bats last.

Posted by: crosspatch at March 31, 2008 01:30 PM (K6QFs)

58

58 Mother nature always bats last.

Only if she's the Home Team.

Posted by: FishFearMe at March 31, 2008 01:36 PM (XWJh5)

59

I took a global crap in my pants today.

I named it "Al Gore"

Posted by: Rogue Elephant at March 31, 2008 02:11 PM (q+HK/)

60 I climb those poles in the picture. Most times, on trouble calls, the problem is in the splice-case at midspan (that black bulge between the poles). I love the deep snow. No humping a 24' ladder up a hill, when you can just reach up a little bit, and fix the trouble. And if I have to climb the pole in hooks, I won't have too far to fall. Fuck Algore. Snow+cold+ ice= huge overtime to buy bigger fossil fueled toys....BTW..I tap into my neighbors power after he leaves for Florida. I hope he never sells the place during the summertime. I'd hate to have the home inspector question where the conduit next to the circuit panel goes to.

Posted by: hutch1200 at March 31, 2008 03:23 PM (j6HCf)

61 Housing prices are collapsing in Florida...I'm just saying.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 31, 2008 03:32 PM (tvnQf)

62 Hmmmmm.

"Joe Bastardi"

Now that's one name I'm going to use in some future computer game!

Posted by: memomachine at March 31, 2008 06:12 PM (XlmYx)

63 Where is Bob Spunk when we need him to educate us about global warming climate change?

Joe Bastardi (Intellicast.com) is a climate change skeptic, judging by some of the things I've heard him say over the years.

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