Berry: Cold weather and hot airWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As long as I’ve been in Northwest Ohio, I’ve heard longtime residents reminisce about the winters of their youth, with a sort of meteorological “They don’t make them like they used to” wistfulness. Now these good folks wonder why on earth they would reminisce about such things.
January was a month for the books. Toledo received more snow than in an entire normal winter. The mean temperature was mean indeed, 9.5 degrees below the monthly norm; record low temperatures were tied or broken on four days (plus one more already this month), and the high temperature was a gelid 1 above zero on the 7th. Thousands of low temperature records were set nationwide. Even Floridians had to break out the parkas for temperatures in the upper 20s, making northerners who fled crisp, refreshing chill and sparkling snowscapes wonder why they bothered.
So what’s to blame for this rampant frigidity? Warmer temperatures.
That is what we are being told to think. “Global warming,” which I always place in the quotation marks of irony, is why it has been so blasted cold.
But the phrase “global warming” is now as passé as “war on terror.” Even the most avid “global warmers” admit in the face of contrary data that “global warming” is neither global nor warming. Now, the correct phrase for a changing climate is “climate change.”
I cannot imagine a more blatant redundancy. Changing climate is part of the planet’s natural processes; it changes because it changes. Yet now these natural processes are being blamed on human carbon emissions which the “global warmers” seek to regulate in order to enhance their power and and profits.
(Witness Al Gore, a meteorological huckster, becoming a multimillionaire by duping the gullible and easily panicked into his “global warming” sideshow, a carnival of freaks and frauds that include utterly incorrect forecasts that hurricanes after Katrina would be more severe; a doctored image of a hurricane spinning backwards on the cover of his 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis;” and lying last year about there being a “Category 6” for his imagined megastorms.)
The “global warmers” rightly point out that this winter’s severe weather was caused by the position of the jet stream, one of several narrow, high-elevation wind currents, as it forces wave after wave of arctic air from the polar vortex upon us. But they also claim that this circumstance is due to warmer air elsewhere.
Such a claim in rubbish. The jet stream’s position fluctuates precisely because it is not static. It is not a railroad track spiked into the sky; it is wind, and its path moves north and south in curves and tangents in response to natural effects and forces.
As for the polar vortex, some conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh call it an invention of the liberal media. That’s as flawed as Gore’s backwards hurricane. First identified in 1853, polar vortexes are cyclonic storms at or near the poles that last for weeks; they are strongest in each hemisphere’s winter, and their movement north or south can have powerful impacts on the severity of winter weather, as happened this year. We were unaware of them because they stayed out of our hair until now.
An honest look at actual data exposes the foolishness of blaming human carbon emissions for our tough winter. The National Weather Service’s Cleveland office maintains a Web page chronicling the daily normals and records for the half-dozen reporting stations in its jurisdiction. Recordkeeping started for Toledo in the 1870s, and dozens of those records still date to the late 1800s; on those days, it has not been warmer or cooler since then. Were we emitting as much carbon then as now? Scarcely. Yet, according to the “global warmers’” “logic,” all these old records should have been smashed by more recent carbon emission-influenced extremes. But many records clearly predating carbon emissions remain.
The efforts of these phonies leads us to, who else, President Obama. He made a speech in Fresno, Calif., to promise aid to drought-stricken farmers – never mind that much of their hardship was caused by federal courts denying them water, sacrificing their crops to save fish – and to blame the drought on climate change.
Why didn’t he make a similar speech someplace that was impacted by cold and snow? Because drought sells “global warming” to the ignorant better than does winter weather. As if to point out his climate change error, it finally began to rain in much of California in the days preceding the speech. But, hey, he promised in his 2008 victory speech to lower the tides, so I guess he can end droughts.