Why New England’s warm weather has nothing to do with global warming

BostonSnowEven though NOAA has publicly stated that global warming is not behind New England’s current bout of warm winter weather, that hasn’t stopped some news outlets (and a few nit-twits) from trying to tie the two events together. Today, CBCNews/Canada reported finding a scientist who would tell them exactly what they wanted to report: El Niño plus global warming is “a taste of things to come.” Just don’t look back at those previous two years, which had the snowiest, coldest winters since recordkeeping began.

As for social media, a tweet is making the rounds presumably extolling the thoughts of thousands of people by tapping into a “lot of talk about the weather getting warmer.” Even Bette Midler, where the wind beneath her wings is just a bit too warm for liftoff, is tweeting that New England’s stretch of warmer-than-normal weather is because of those “ignorant selfish climate deniers.” That sounds like divine madness.

Wasn’t it only last winter that New England (and much of the Northern Hemisphere as seen from space) looked like an ice-catastrophe? A Snowageddon? With temperatures dipping so low that ice bergs were floating off the coast of Cape Cod and freezing the sea water? How quickly people forget that weather is not climate and, well, you know the inverse. Even President Obama took the thoroughly “debunked 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming” meme and ratcheted it up to 99.5 percent. If your case is so solid, you don’t need to jigger your data.

So what exactly is going on in New England while much of the United States is covered in snow and blizzard-like conditions? Blame it on El Niño, a naturally occurring event where the Pacific waters along the tropical equator are warmer than normal. Since people began tracking them with scientific instruments roughly 40 years ago, the one affecting us now is in the top three. El Niños have been documented since sailors first sojourned across the Pacific Ocean 500-plus years ago and noticed the unusually warm sea surface temperatures.

But as a whole, the globe is neither warming at a reckless pace nor being plunged into a scorched Earth landscape. As reported here before, the most accurate record of current temperatures comes from satellites. “Their readings are, in fact, the only transparent, uncorrupted temperature records in existence,” writes John Hinderaker at PowerLine. “Surface temperature records are unreliable because of siting issues, poor coverage of the oceans, failure to recognize the urban heat island effect, and deliberate falsification by alarmist climate scientists.”

With NOAA constantly rewriting the temperature record to suit a political agenda of an alarmist president, satellite data are facts and not subject to tampering or interference. The problem, Hinderaker notes, is that they’ve only been orbiting the earth since 1979. And in that time? Our atmosphere has warmed just over four tenths of a degree Celsius since 1979. But measuring North America’s temperature is not the same as measuring Africa’s, or even Antarctica’s.

In fact, the satellite dataset “shows no ‘global warming’ for 18 1/2 years, no North Pole warming for nearly 14 years (Go Santa!), and no South Pole warming for 37 years.” Indeed, the South Polar region actually has a negative trend, showing a -0.11 degrees Celsius over 100 years (when extrapolated out). These two regions were championed as the “fingerprints of warming due to the enhanced greenhouse effect.” With the poles not warming, warmists are attacking the satellite measurements, claiming they aren’t as accurate as described by NASA.

By combining all the measurements into a giant crock pot is akin to taking the temperatures of 30 children in a classroom, and if only one has a “fever”, it would throw off the other 29 more accurate measurements, making it appear like all of them were running hot. Imagine if your doctor measured the temperatures of every patient seen that day and said you had a fever too because one patient had the flu. You’d probably get a second opinion.

What does all this mean? The temperatures from the satellite record (and land and sea) vary wildly depending on where you are on the planet. And just like in that classroom or doctor’s office, the warming during the satellite record has not been uniform across the planet. “The North Pole and Australia have warmed the most, while other regions, like Antarctica, have cooled.” Below is the basic data, expressed in average temperature change per decade (as compiled and first reported by Anthony Watts):

Global average trend: +0.11 C (about 0.20 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade since December 1978.

Northern Hemisphere: +0.14 C (about 0.25 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade since December 1978.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.09 C (about 0.16 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade since December 1978.

Tropics: +0.10 C (about 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade since December 1978.

As Hinderaker notes, “they also conclusively refute the computer models on which the alarmist projections are based; only a fraction of the warming predicted by the models has taken place.” And while much of the planet was in a frigid state during the last couple of winters, the CBC wants to remind everyone that prior cold weather doesn’t explain away global warming.

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    JayPee

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    It has nothing to do with imaginary ” greenhouse gasses “, or any other idiocies of ” mam made ” or ” climate ” labels.

    It has everything to do with the Sun and variability of its energy output levels.

    The Sun has been acting beyond its usual cycles and even erratically at times since 1977. This has not been openly discussed because it is beyond explanation and no one the scientific nor pseudo-scientific communities wants to admit it.

    BUT IT IS HAPPENING.

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    GR82DRV

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    Nothing will stop the left and their voice that is the mainstream media from taking anecdotal events and conflating them into scientific confirmation of man made global warming from Co2. I’ve come to expect it.

    I do find it laughable however that the same media sat on their hands (presumably to keep them warm) during the last three or so long, brutal winters here in the upper Midwest…

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    JayPee

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    The msm and other leftist extremists have their stock in trade in distortion and lying to make their point.

    They do not report reality.

    They report their political agenda and claim that it is news.

    They claim it is fact.
    They claim it reality.

    Nothing is more farcical.

    Anytime I feel the need to lied to, all I have to do is turn on MSNBC.

    I don’t have to wait for a soap opera intervention speech from the
    LORD GOD OBAMA.

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    Carol Moore

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    Bernie Sanders was right! Climate change IS our number one problem. Watch the following two videos that show how Big Oil companies have, in a massive way, exponentially accelerated global warming and why the Arctic’s death spiral is here NOW. http://youtu.be/XTMOaI4NZFA and
    http://youtu.be/Lpcs4ear94k
    At the very end of the 2nd video is shown a small mountain top that has collapsed. The same thing happened not far from Porter Ranch, California wherein Porter Ranch itself is being evacuated because of a *huge* methane release from a blown out gas storage well a couple months ago. So far the Gas Company has been unable to contain it. Most individuals and even scientists are not certain of an explanation for collapse of the mountain but the video explains. The land here is pimpled with oil rigs and these deep-drilled gas-filled old wells in the hilly areas surrounding the nearby communities. I had no idea until personally affected and I began researching the web. What I’ve discovered has chilled me to the bone.

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    JayPee

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    Carol

    Talk all you want etc but

    THERE IS NO GREENHOUSE EFFECT

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    Carol Moore

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    [quote name=”JayPee”]Carol

    Talk all you want etc but

    THERE IS NO GREENHOUSE EFFECT[/quote]
    [quote name=”JayPee”]

    JayPee,
    One additional point I forgot to add. Please note that the epicenter of the Northridge earthquake was less than 20 miles from Porter Ranch where the huge amount of methane gas is now erupting from a blown out old well used as gas storage. I live in a community close to both Porter Ranch and Northridge and experienced that earthquake. It felt like a giant’s hand had picked up the house and was shaking us straight up and down. Anyway, Mr. Dutch Sinse on his video connects oil fracking with methane gas eruptions, earthquakes, ground collapse, volcanic activity, and global warming — accompanying his explanations with google maps. He blames the big oil companies for massively and exponentially accelerating global warming. The video must be seen to be understood and believed. http://youtu.be/Lpcs4ear94k What Mr. Sinse is saying totally agrees with my personal experience and the geographical changes that have been happening around me in this area. I respect the passion of anybody who types in full caps. But to turn a phrase, “Who am I going to believe — somebody else’s opinion or my own lying ” ‘experience.’ “

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