This post is for our friends in New Jersey and New York digging out of nearly 30" (76 cm) of snow today and the rest of us across the Northern Hemisphere suffering through the 4th straight record snowy Winter - most in 32 years.
This will warm your hearts and everything else that's still frozen from digging out all day: New York Times "Bundle Up (all the snow) It's Global Warming"! I almost barfed up a lung, other not so vital organs and maybe a Christmas cookie when I read this story today. Do the powers that be at the NYT really think we're this ignorant? Take solace friends in these facts: Northern Hemisphere snow cover up +17% since 1980 and Northern Hemisphere snow cover is the most in 32 years; New York Times circulation down -22% and only 11% of readers actually care about the Times "views and opinions" section where this story can be found. Looks like investors don't put much stock in what the paper says either as NYT's stock price is down -65% since 2006 - the year the Pacific Ocean started it's 30-year cold phase which correlates nicely with all this snow!
This lunacy that Global Warming causes everything - not enough snow, too much snow, too hot, too cold, more hurricanes, less hurricanes, more droughts, more floods might fly with the 11% that actually buy into their "views and opinion" section but probably not for the rest of us. Snow cover is again increasing rapidly across the entire Northern Hemisphere for the 4th straight Winter (we can thank all the snow in part to the start of the 30-year cold phase of the Pacific Ocean cycle - PDO - that started in 2006) which reminds me of another Times story back in 1990 "Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover Shrinking - too early to tell if it's Global Warming" The Times is not the only paper with well intentioned but misinformed "journalists" (It's the holiday season so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt) as evidence by this story from the The Independent back in 2000 that has our friends in the UK red hot as well. Kind of ironic that some of the "scientists" mentioned in this story and excerpt below would become the story with the Climate Gate scandal.
"However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".
"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.
The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain's biggest toyshop, had no sledges on display in its Regent Street store. "It was a bit of a first," a spokesperson said.
It's painfully clear to folks in Europe what happens when government agencies act on bad science with recent embarrassments at London Heath-row unable to deice air planes after a 2" snow storm, Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris runs out of deicing chemicals leaving thousands of travelers stranded for days. This is the 4th straight Winter that the UK Met Office predicted a warm Winter! Thankfully the New Jersey Department of Transportation hasn't bought into this bad science as they'll have no trouble clearing 30" of snow!
Back to our New York Times story that blames global warming for the heavy snow. Let's see, global temperatures are down almost 0.5C from 1998/1934 peaks so there's been no atmospheric warming to explain the snow (current global temperatures have been plunging in 2010 - see previous posts). The Pacific Ocean temperatures are ranking in the top 3 coldest in 50 years with the tropical Pacific Ocean showing a whopping 1.3C decline in temperatures over the past 12 years now trending -0.2C BELOW AVERAGE so maybe the colder oceans are to blame for the snow?
One thing is certain, the global pattern is much like the 1970s - the coldest/snowiest decade of the past 100 years so get used to Winter! Enjoy the snow.