December cold – unprecedented?

December cold – unprecedented? It’s cold! Somewhere (Ireland)! Thus proving Global Cooling! Water mains are freezing in Northern Ireland!

Thanks for the weather report, Verity Jones, but I have to ask; is the temperature record from just one weather station, on an island affected by the Gulf Stream, a useful proxy for Europe? That’s cherry-picking, isn’t it?

Also won’t any single location have more variability than the average of a larger set of locations? Isn’t that the whole point of global data gathering?

I have to wonder if the theory that a warmer Arctic can lead to a colder western Europe has again turned denialists into converts of the “it’s just extreme weather” argument. From the article:

As for this being caused by global warming – bull – it was just an extreme weather event. They happen. Go back >100 years and they happened then too.


Northeast US blizzard proves global warming, or something

Northeast US blizzard proves global warming, or something. Ryan Maue is puzzled. All weather is proof that there is no Global Warming. How could the media get it so wrong and say that snowfall is evidence for Global Warming?

Maybe because increased precipitation, in this case in the form of snow, is an expected consequence of Global Warming?

But please, whining about media reports is irrelevant to the scientific debate over Global Warming. Oh, that’s all you’ve got? Well, work it then.

Wow, that’s a lot of water – major rainfall in SoCal

Wow, that’s a lot of water – major rainfall in SoCal. Anthony Watts tells us that December 14-21, 2010 was a wet week in California. So all concerns about Lake Powell drying out because of Global Warming can be discarded.


Rain! Global Drying will never happen now!


Department of Homeland Security goes off the deep end – now plans to battle “climate change” in addition to terrorists

Department of Homeland Security goes off the deep end – now plans to battle “climate change” in addition to terrorists. You see, for Anthony Watts “security” is just about looking for bombs and patting people down. And scowling at Muslims. It’s definitely not about ensuring safety. Because for example sea-level rise, which isn’t happening, has no implication for places like New Orleans.

The far-ranging Anthony just happened across a right-wing news website, which is “like the National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System” except funded by conservative think tanks, and he encountered the worrying news that the Department of Homeland Security is studying how Global Warming will impact their services. Wow, that’s truly ominous.

Is the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA division (that’s “Federal Emergency Management Agency” by the way) preparing the ground for a religious war of “climatic jihad”, which of course means oppressive government action? Anthony says yes and reminds us that snow has fallen, which proves that there is no Global warming.

“Gore Effect” on Steroids: Six straight days of record low temperatures during COP16 in Cancun Mexico – more coming

“Gore Effect” on Steroids: Six straight days of record low temperatures during COP16 in Cancun Mexico – more coming. Anthony Watts says “The irony, it burns.” because of cold weather in Cancun during the UN climate conference.

I’ll just say that Anthony’s obstinate stupidity burns more.

Quote of the Week – “weather is not climate”, flaming edition

Quote of the Week – “weather is not climate”, flaming edition. Is a book about weather really about weather? Anthony Watts decides to showcase a climatologist’s response to a tangential question about Mike Smith’s book Warnings – The true story of how science tamed the weather, which recounts the history and technology of weather prediction (well, in the USA anyway). Professor Eric Steig responds that he hadn’t read the book but noticed a link on the author’s web page to a classic denialist misdirection about “weather” and “climate”.

Ooh! He’s jumping to hostile conclusions! That’s enough for Anthony to declare war.

But why is Anthony taking such an interest? Well, the author’s website does disparage “consensus” and has collected blurbs from a typical assortment of denialists (Pielke Sr. and Jr, Thomas Fuller). How unfortunate though that the book author leaps into the fray at a review of his book with a pretty straight-forward attempt to misrepresent climate predictions as “weather forecasts”:

Mr. Steig says, “No one is claiming they are predicting *weather* 100 years from now (or even 10 years from now!).” I suggest, he read p. 118 of the 2009 National Climate Change Assessment. It makes a WEATHER forecast for the number of heat waves to occur in Chicago during the period 2070-2099.

So, a weather forecast would be about particular weather events in a particular place and time. A climate prediction may include an estimate of the frequency of particular weather events without making a forecasts. Let’s repeat that in the form of an example for Anthony’s ditto-heads: a weather prediction is “there will be a 35°C heat wave tomorrow in Chicago” (or even “next April 20th”). A climate prediction is “in fifty years Chicago springs will probably endure twice as many heat waves.” Is there a difference between those statements? Yes.

So… Anthony’s Quote of the Week reveals a denialist eager to misconstrue weather and climate. Good one!

P.S. Anthony, repeating that Eric Steig must be “angry” because his Antarctica paper  has been “effectively rebutted” doesn’t make either claim true. Dr. Steig has an amusing take on the matter over at Real Climate.