AGW Today: Global Warming Redefined

Oh, Lord

confusingLooking back at 2008 two things seem have dominated many editions of The WHT – the weather and the environment.

We had a warm spell in January that caused a lot of flooding, followed by many days of near record snowfall in February. Then, in April summer arrived for a few days with temperatures hitting the mid 20s (C). The pattern happened again in November when first we basked in sunshine and summer-like weather, which was then followed by too much snow for anyone who owns a driveway.

Then it was nearly all gone by the end of the year. Global warming isn’t really about warming temperatures (although that is the general conception). It’s more about extremes and, if you need more proof than the weather patterns of the past couple of years, your name must be George W. Bush.

Got that? Global warming isn’t about warming.

And you gotta love that it is OK when climahysterics link in weather, but, if us skeptics and deniers do, we are told we do not understand climate (for a reality check, weather creates climate, so, yes, it should be included.) And the definitions are being changed.

Bakumatsu heat wave gives clues about global warming: when it gets cold, we aren’t allowed to say it has anything to do with climate, but, when it is warm weather…..

Cold comfort: 2009 to be one of warmest years on record say researchers. So says Madame Zelda. Please put another quarter in.

Extreme weather alert. “One of the hallmarks of global warming are weather extremes like the cold front that has gripped North America.” Hot means cold, wet means dry, global warming means climate change. Welcome to Schizophrenia World.

More AGW zaniness below the jump

From a story on banned words

Despite the year’s economic meltdown (which itself wasn’t banished but don’t rule it out for next year), the most entries came from the environmental category – for “green” or “going green.”

“If I see one more corporation declare itself ‘green,’ I’m going to start burning tires in my backyard,” wrote Ed Hardiman of Bristow, Va., in his submission. Nominators also had their fill of “carbon footprint” – the amount of greenhouse gases an individual’s lifestyle produces.

And, of course, “going green” nowadays means being AGW friendly, not protecting rainforests or Yogi Bean and hey, hey, Boo Boo!

Hey, more crunchy goodness (via Van Helsing)

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal … an earthquake shook China’s Sichuan province, leaving 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and almost five million homeless, according to official figures…

Um, what? Natural disasters like the China earthquake? Does that mean the 1556 earthquake in Shensi, China, which killed an estimated 830,000 was caused by SUVs? How does that jibe with global warming, er, climate change, since that was during the Little Ice Age? There were also several on the top deaths list that occured during the LIA. What’s next, will they blame volcano’s on global warming? Oh, wait, they already did.

Oh, and a story I ran across while looking for the info above shows that it may be a volcano, not AGW, that is melting some of the ice in Antarctica.

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3 Responses to “AGW Today: Global Warming Redefined”

  1. Reasic says:

    Bakumatsu heat wave gives clues about global warming: when it gets cold, we aren’t allowed to say it has anything to do with climate, but, when it is warm weather…

    Did you actually read the article? The “Bakamatsu heat wave” occurred in the 19th century. The article isn’t saying that a current weather event confirms global warming.

    Extreme weather alert. “One of the hallmarks of global warming are weather extremes like the cold front that has gripped North America.” Hot means cold, wet means dry, global warming means climate change. Welcome to Schizophrenia World.

    Sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but if you’d spend a few minutes learning the facts about climate change, you’d understand that this is actually correct. Global warming DOES mean an overall warming trend, but it does NOT mean every year will be warmer than the last.

    There seems to be a trend, in “skeptic” world, of conflating climate and weather, and this is yet another example. Yes, global warming will result in extreme weather patterns, including dry, wet, cold, and hot events. If you can’t wrap your head around that, maybe you’re not trying hard enough.

  2. John Ryan says:

    Teach do you believe that the earth is warming ? or cooling ?

  3. Mike says:

    Happy New Year. We had 10-12 inches of snow this morning.12-31-2008. The wind-chill factor was around one degree F. It’s probably lower right now. This is in the Syracuse,NY area. Global Warming bah,humbug. Those people are full of bat-poop.And lots of other things that I shouldn’t mention.

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