In the past few weeks there have been many newspaper and magazine articles that claim the weather in the month of December was absolute proof that climate change (or global warming/disruption) was already in effect and causing most of the (bad) weather that happened in the month of December.
Climate change is defined as more-extreme weather patterns, winter and summer. This has been a year of extremes — record flooding in Pakistan, a drought in Russia, for example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced recently that 2010 was the hottest year on record.
What more proof is needed to convince skeptics?”
This is written in a very clever method. By leading with the statement “ One need look no further than The Weather Channel” and then inserting an escape clause at the end that says “ could very well be the products of a warming Earth.” This manages to lead people to believe that the weather was caused by global warming, without actually saying that it was caused.
The simple reality is that the weather was not that unusual. For example many news articles carried that fact that Atlanta got a white Christmas (which is part of the storm that brought record cold to Florida). That event is unusual, but snow is not uncommon in Atlanta. In 1993 there was a blizzard and in 1940 Atlanta received 10 inches of snow, but that happened in January. While it doesn’t snow there every year, the average snowfall for Atlanta is about 2.5 inches (6cm) a year.
That is the real problem. The attempt to make the normal (but not common) events appear abnormal. The Miami Daily Herald article tried to lead people to believe that global warming caused the snow in New York (certainly it never snows there.) and the cold weather in the southern United States. They are trying to get people to believe that any uncommon weather is caused by global warming.
Then they are baffled that most people recognize the bullshit for what it is. This years weather is not the average, but it isn’t that rare. New York gets snow every year, Atlanta gets enough snow to have an average snowfall. Overall 2010 had almost the exact average snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere. That is the simple fact. Claiming otherwise is a perfect example of Fear and Misinformation.