"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Global warming means more snowstorms and Gadaffi's people love him!

The Sydney Morning Herald predictably trumpets the headline by the "Union of Concerned Scientists" that global warming is causing more snowstorms. The Union is the Carbonista version of Goebbels propaganda machine reacting to bad warmist news with suitable "scientific research" showing snow caused by warming .

Climate change is not only making the planet warmer, it is also making snowstorms stronger and more frequent, US scientists said on Tuesday.

"Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet," said scientist Jeff Masters, as part of a conference call with reporters and colleagues convened by the Union of Concern Scientists.
"In fact, as the Earth gets warmer and more moisture gets absorbed into the atmosphere, we are steadily loading the dice in favor of more extreme storms in all seasons, capable of causing greater impacts on society."
 Masters said that the northeastern United States has been coated in heavy snowfall from major Category Three storms or larger three times in each of the past two winters, storms that are unparalleled since the winter of 1960-61.
"If the climate continues to warm, we should expect an increase in heavy snow events for a few decades, until the climate grows so warm that we pass the point where it's too warm for it to snow heavily."
Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, said less sea ice in the Artic translates to more moisture in the atmosphere, and could also cause an atmospheric circulation pattern in polar regions known as Arctic Oscillation.
"It's still cutting-edge research and there's no smoking gun, but there's evidence that with less sea ice, you put a lot of heat from the ocean into the atmosphere, and the circulation of the atmosphere responds to that," Serreze said.
"We've seen a tendency for autumns with low sea ice cover to be followed by a negative Arctic Oscillation."
Even though spring in North America is just around the corner, Masters said more snow is on the way next week in the upper Midwest, and the melting snow pack could spark record floods in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota this spring.
Of course this explains the coming snowstorms as a product of global warming - a theory not supported by major scientific bodies and as reported there is no "smoking gun" - a fact conveniently omitted in the headline and does not explain the fact that there was less moisture than normal in the atmosphere at the time of the recent large snowstorms. An article only for the most gullible among us!

2 comments:

  1. Funny how they were previously predicting that warming would cause snow to cease and the next generation of children would grow up never having seen any!

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  2. "If the climate continues to warm, we should expect an increase in heavy snow events for a few decades, until the climate grows so warm that we pass the point where it's too warm for it to snow heavily."

    'Coincidentally,' in a few decades the Pacific Decadal Oscillation will switch back to the warm phase. See the following link for graphic that shows this:
    http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/ClimTrends/Change/TempChange.html

    I think it's possible that Masters knows about the PDO.

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