Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mmmmm, that some tasty Global Warming

Notice how each year seems to be ZOMG teh hottest EVAH!!!1!!eleventy!?  Every year, we get those stories.  I gotcher hottest evah right here:
Snow has fallen in downtown Auckland [New Zealand] for the first time in 80 years as a 'once in a lifetime' polar blast spreads across New Zealand, forecasters say.
Widespread reports of snow emerged this afternoon as bitterly cold and stormy conditions set in around Auckland.
Weatherwatch.co.nz this afternoon confirmed snowflakes had fallen in Auckland city centre for the first time since the 1930s.
This is the point where the Usual Suspects™ get all huffy, and say that:
  1. Weather is not climate.
  2. It's not Global Warming, it's Climate Change.  Err, Global Climate Disruption, or whatever the memo from Marketing said.
  3. Denier!
WhateverWe keep getting "weather not climate" falling all over the place.  At least in Auckland it isn't accumulating, but ever notice how a hot spell (reference: Austin, TX) is proof positive of Global Warming?

Err, Climate Change, or whatever you call it.

Fiddle with the data all you like; do your "gridding" and "homogenation" and "adjusting" to your heart's content.  Use dodgy statistical methods in your "peer reviewed" papers.  Keep refusing to disclose your data or computer code, even after Freedom Of Information Act requests.  Go ahead and blame it all on the LOLcats.  Keep using Greenpeace "scientists" to write the IPCC reports.   Keep using a sample size of two in your "scientific" reports.  Or one.

It won't keep snow from falling when you say it's ZOMG teh hottest evah!!!1!!eleventy!!  Or the hottest day in America's history was in 1913.

Maybe this is why people think you fudge your work.

Via email from Rick.


North said...

I'd have a funny comment to make, but today I'm feeling a little under-the-climate.

Anonymous said...

Well, it is winter in the southern hemisphere at the moment :-)

North said...


That is Hemispheric Climate Discontinuity!

We must regulate and fine big businesses until Australians have a White Christmas!!

North said...

I mean White Merchant Season, of course.

North said...

Ugh. I'm racist.

Borepatch said...

Anonymous, I guess that Auckland wasn't in the Southern Hemisphere during the last 80 years ...


North, you're clearly an Enemy Of The People™ ...

Druid said...

Here you go...

Proof of the coming ice age - snow in Hawaii, June 6th, 2011.


Hope the link comes through.

TOTWTYTR said...

It's "weather not climate" only when it's unexpectedly cold. When it's hotter than normal for a day or two, then it's "proof of global warming".

As someone said to me the other day, if the weather people can't predict what's going to happen over the next 24 hours with any certainty, why should we think they can tell us what's going to happen over the next 100 or so years?

Why indeed.