Monday, December 15, 2008

Warming? Then why am I freezing my ass off?

Yesterday, it was 82 degrees (a record high for December 14) this morning it was 23 degrees (something like the second lowest temperature on record for December 15.) A swing of almost 60 degrees in about 14 hours!

And we are to believe that the Earth is in peril because global temperatures climbed 2 degrees over a decade, and now are on the way back down.

The AP writes, "...2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." Up is down, in is out, lambs are lying down with wolves! This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to take the global warming nuts seriously. Of course the AP story had the ubiquitous reference to Al Gore, Panicker in Chief (see also ManBearPig.)


Anonymous said...

We here in the great state of Minnesota have those swings all the time. I would welcome a balmy 23 degrees ABOVE zero after surviving a -33 below yesterday, with another one ranging in the -20below today. Stop your whining! One the other hand I think you are correct on the gobal warming issues, it is hard to buy into at times.

Cousin Mark said...

The National Weather Service winter outlook from a month or so ago calls for variable conditions with big swings in temperature. Looks like they are right so far, at least here in Texas.

Houston had snow for the first time in 4 years last week. We only got a dusting at my house but on the east side there was several inches. Meanwhile I almost turned my air conditioning on over the weekend. Now it's cold again.

J.R. - we are all going to die unless we go to 100% solar and wind power in 10 years!!! What don't you get? (j. kidding)

J.R. said...

And if we go to solar and wind power we are all going to die. The death rate will very closely approach 100% no matter what energy source we use.

I really think it shows a lot of arrogance to believe the ephemeral human race will have any significant impact on the Earth in a geologic time line. Maybe over the short term, but not long term (meaning millenia at the minimum.)

Cousin Mark said...

J.R., did you see the series on Nat Geo or Discovery about how long human-built structures would last if people were suddenly gone? It was pretty interesting. Apparently over the thousands of years time frame only stone structures will last, such as Mt. Rushmore.

Also, things like oceanic fish stocks would recover very quickly. They pointed out that during World War II the cod fishery in the north Atlantic increased dramatically because of the several year cessation in fishing due to the U-boats, etc.

Cousin Mark said...

P.S. NYTimes today says 2008 was cooler than the past few years but still above the 1951-1980 normal. So why are you "freezing your ass off" during a typical Texas blue norther (happens every year).


Anonymous said...

Well Minnesota, I would like to see who would be whining if you came to Texas in August!