"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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Climate Doublethink! Wet/Dry and Warm/Cold Global Warming!

Does global warming cause more or less precipitation in winter. The "settled science" view was that snow was going to be "a thing of the past" until the record snow falls of the last couple of years and then warmists started singing from a different songbook. Now the warmer oceans are ostensibly putting more moisture into the air and it is being deposited as snow which is the new "settled science" explaining monster snow falls.

The Union of Concerned Scientists told us, in this paper published in 2007:
Since 1970 the [U.S.] Northeast has been warming at a rate of nearly 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) per decade. Winter temperatures have risen even faster, at a rate of 1.3°F per decade from 1970 to 2000. This warming has been correlated with many other climate-related changes across the region, including… Less winter precipitation falling as snow and more as rain… All of these observed changes are consistent with those expected to be caused by global warming.

Brenda Ekwurzel, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, then told us, in this TV interview in 2011:
...our temperatures are increasing faster during the winter season than during the summer season. So that creates a situation when you have more moist conditions – it’s still below freezing – you can create very heavy snowfall. If you have very extreme cold, cold, cold conditions, you tend to have a little bit less precipitation in the form of snow. So ironically, we get a little more snow as we’re warming up the planet (H/T Alex Cull)
I'd be very surprised if schizophrenia is not a common complaint among warmist "scientists".
Skeptics will not be surprised to find more climatologist doublethink in a recent claim that global warming is simultaneously putting less moisture into the atmosphere  causing a reduction of winter rain in the Mediterranean area. 
 The Mediterranean has long been identified as an area that will feel global warming impacts because of water scarcity in the region, a rapidly increasing population, and climate modeling that projects increased risk of drought.
And now, a new NOAA study shows that wintertime droughts are becming increasingly common in the region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible. In the last 20 years, the Mediterranean region has experienced 10 of the driest 12 winters on record, according to data compiled by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
“The magnitude and frequency of the drying that has occurred is too great to be explained by natural variability alone,” said Martin Hoerling, Ph.D. of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder. Hoerling is the lead author of a paper published online in the Journal of Climate this month.


  1. It's going to be hilarious if it turns out that the late Stephen Schneider and other climate alarmists were correct back in the 1970s, and the planet does experience the very overdue Ice Age they were hysterically predicting back then. :)

  2. There's a good article titled "Past Alarmism and the Future of Manmade Global Warming" at:


    Snippet: "Alarming forecasts of humans harming themselves and the environment by their actions are a common social phenomenon. They become widely believed for a time, cause unnecessary anxiety, and result in costly government policies, then fade from public attention as it becomes more difficult to maintain the alarm in the face of counter-evidence and closer public scrutiny."