Global warming strikes again!

Global warming has struck yet again! The Goracle has proved that he truly is able to predict what the weather will be like 10+ years from now, and if we simply bow down to him and put ourselves into the Economic Dark Ages, he will be able to save all of our lives.

Who needs the Obamamessiah when you’ve got the Goracle?

In case you’re wondering what it is that has cemented the reality of global warming, here it is.

All that arctic ice that the Goracle’s acolytes were hyperventilating over, that caused the crying over polar bears that were drowning and dying, and the whining that we would soon see 50 foot tidal waves putting the coasts of the United States underwater, the arctic ice that had supposedly melted and gone away for good?

Well, um, it’s, uh, back.

Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the “lost” ice has come back.

Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels.

Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.

The data flies in the face of many current thinkers and will be seized on by climate change sceptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming.

Vast swathes of the world have suffered chaos because of some of the heaviest snowfalls in decades.

Central and southern China, the USA and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms.

Even the Middle East saw snow, with Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman and northern Saudi Arabia reporting the heaviest falls in years and below-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan snow and freezing weather killed 120 people.

In Britain the barmy February weather came to an abrupt halt at the weekend as temperatures plunged to -10C in central England.

Experts believe that this month could end up as one of the coldest Februaries in Britain in the past 10 years.

The freezing night-time conditions look set to stay around -8C until at least the middle of the week.
Maybe that consensus isn’t as ironclad as the Goreacle has led us to believe (but who actually believed that it was?).

But then again, this is probably due to global warming, too. According to the Goracle’s global warming fanatical followers, everything is caused by global warming! Extreme heat? Global warming. Extreme cold? Global warming. Polar ice caps melt? Global warming. Polar ice caps swell? Global warming. Too many hurricanes? Global warming. Not enough hurricanes? Global warming. An ant is killed by some kid with a magnifying glass? Global warming!

So fear not, ye followers of the Church of Climate Change. I’m sure the apocalypse caused by global warming will still come in ten or so years time if we continue to refuse to bow to the will of the Almighty Goracle.

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  • hermie

    You have to get the terminology right. ‘Global Warming’ is so…2007. You need to use ‘Climate Change’ (once called ‘weather’) in order to fully appreciate the Goracle’s message (Unless he changes it to something else in 2009, such as ‘fuzzy wuzzies’, or ‘wacka wacka’.)

  • LaMedusa

    It’s a shame that Gore followers don’t understand the difference between Global Warming and real environmental issues. Gore’s using the reality of “Global Warming” to perpetuate a myth that humans can actually control it. Very sad.

  • John F Not Kerry

    It’s for the children (and polar bears)!

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Hey now! Leave us wuzzies out of this!

  • Faith+1

    Global Warming is a lot of hot air.

  • epador

    Fuzzy thinking? SO far I see a reference to Antarctic ice increasing, after Arctic Ice has been decreasing, but where’s the information about Arctic Ice increasing? The article I saw was about increasing ice at the South Pole.

    Clarification Cassie?

  • 9111111144444

    Al Gore’s brain as it appears under a scanning electron microscope > .

    I slipped on the ice this morning? Global warming.

    I did not win the lotto last night? Global warming.

    Pull My finger? Global warming.

  • everything is caused by global warming! Extreme heat? Global warming. Extreme cold? Global warming. Polar ice caps melt? Global warming. Polar ice caps swell? Global warming. Too many hurricanes? Global warming. Not enough hurricanes? Global warming.

    Something I’ve been saying for probably years. Here’s something I wrote about it last year:

    Is global warming falsified now, liberals?

    Even wrote a letter to the editor for the local paper this week (comes out tonight) in which I addressed the issue the same way.

  • spurwing plover

    Al Gore the biggist liar around him and his green goon squads are going around and lying about this whole global warming thing

  • Brian The Adequate

    Course, if the Russian and Canadian solar driven change hypothesis is correct, we will likely soon be wishing that the Goracle was right about CO2 as the climate driver.

    The consequences of a return to the little ice age (or the start of a full blown ice age) of a sustained solar minimum are much worse than the 1-3 C temperature rise over the next century of the IPCC consensus for CO2 rise warming.

  • nogo war

    Do folks think that Global warming will not have an effect on say the Gulf Stream and other upper atmospheric realities?
    Why does science bother so many?
    Take a little time on a simple exercise,
    Google
    Global warming facts
    and Global warming debunked.
    Then look at the sources and data.
    Anyone here live in an area of smog?
    Just a natural occurrence..
    an example from that radical group
    National Geographic
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1206_041206_global_warming.html

    Get over Al Gore..it is not about him.
    If you truly believe that what humans put into our atmosphere has no effect fine.
    After all our atmosphere is not fragile is it?

    If you believe that we are just going through a natural cycle, fine.
    But unless you yourself are come from a highly scientific background your views are only opinions. No better or worse than anyone else.
    The fact that it is your view should not automatically dismiss the views who hold an opposite opinion. Should it?

  • Peter F.

    And I’m sure global warming alarmists have some explanation for the the unheard of 11 feet+ of snow sitting at Snoqualime and Stevens Passes here in the Cascades. And there’s the 15.25ft base at Mt. Baker Ski Resort. God knows what the snowfall totals will be when (and if) spring finally arrives.

  • COgirl

    I heard Paul Harvey say on his show today that sea levels are so much lower that in Venice they can see the bottom of the canals and the oars keep hitting mud.

  • Dave W

    It’s obvious that global warming is the cause of there being more ice! If the ice didn’t melt, it never could have frozen over, duh!
    And with more ice up there, when it melts, the chunks are going to be even bigger and we’ll have an ocean full of big iceburgs!

    Obviously the cold temperatures where i live are due to global warming as well! It’s true!!

  • Dave W, you joke, but sadly that’s about what you would get from any “global warming” kook out there (even those self-proclaimed “experts”).

  • Epador, the only sentence referring to the antarctic was this one:

    “Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.”

    And judging from the way the article was written it appears that the mention of more ice in the antarctic was in addition to the overall level because it starts out speaking about “the poles”. Anyway, that’s what I got from it.

  • Brian

    And I’m sure global warming alarmists have some explanation for the the unheard of 11 feet+ of snow sitting at Snoqualime and Stevens Passes here in the Cascades.

    And I’m sure global warming dismissives have some explanation for the past decade being the warmest on record.

    And no, I don’t intend to debate the existence of global warming here. Just the seriousness of people who easily dismiss decades of scientifically collected climate data as inconclusive, but then who counter it with “hey, it snowed here yesterday!” and consider that proof positive.

  • ras

    The enviros’ next step will probably be to declare global cooling (a mere variant on global warming) the next great threat and campaign against … solar power.

    Yes, they will soon become a “down with solar” movement. After all, Mother Gaia needs her heat more than you need your plastic fantastic lifestyle, kkkonsumers!

    Why would they do this? Well, solar is a distributed technology, one that makes people independent, something the control freaks simply cannot allow. Even worse for them is that they’re running out of time; solar’s price points are getting competitive faster than expected.

    So I suspect it’s time for the enviros to turn their guns on it, now that it’s actually becoming viable, just as they did with wind power. These things are only an alternative when they’re not. And global cooling is too obvious an excuse for the coming flip-flop for them to resist. It will be hard to deny what’s happening as the temps drop, anyway.

    Concomitant with people actually achieving energy and nanny-state independence, the down-with-people groups will have to do something, won’t they? Otherwise, they wouldn’t be better than you.

  • ras

    Brian,

    Actually, the evidence against man-made global warming is much stronger than the evidence in its favor, the latter consisting mostly of computer simulations and speculation.

    The strongest actual correlation is to the sun’s output; no kidding. And that’s cyclical and appears ready to be cycle down for a while.

    If greenhouse gases were warming us, then the warming should be steady. Instead, we just had, worldwide, the coldest January in 15 years, right in line with the solar output.

    Something else is clearly more powerful than the gases and it is the sun. This is not a conflation of weather with climate, either, as the temps I cite are worldwide, and do not reflect a merely local condition.

  • Brian

    everything is caused by global warming! Extreme heat? Global warming. Extreme cold? Global warming. Polar ice caps melt? Global warming. Polar ice caps swell? Global warming. Too many hurricanes? Global warming. Not enough hurricanes? Global warming. An ant is killed by some kid with a magnifying glass? Global warming!

    Hey, let me try that…

    Everything means success in Iraq! Insurgent violence up? Success! Insurgent violence down? Success! Bring some troops home? Success! Send more troops? Success? Iraqi parliament squabbles? Success! Fire your general? Success! Appoint a new general? Success! Fire him and appoint another new general? Success! Fire him and appoint another new general? Success! Stand by your SecDef? Success! Fire him? Success! Assess your progress from 2003-2006? Success! Admit it was actually a failure in 2007? Success!

    You’re right, it works!

  • Brian

    Actually, the evidence against man-made global warming is much stronger than the evidence in its favor, the latter consisting mostly of computer simulations and speculation.

    As I said, I’m not going to get into yet another Wizbang global warming debate fest. You at least seem to be basing your views on interpretation of scientific data, even if we disagree on the interpretation. My comment was aimed at those who derive their view of long-term global climate trends from whether they needed to put on a jacket one cool summer day.

  • Mac Lorry

    Brian,

    The satellite data shows no warming in the last 8 years. The surface data, which is the main source of supposed warming data has been shown to be corrupt in a peer reviews scientific study. If you look at this article on the historical station distribution you’ll see why getting the data right for the U.S. is so important.

    Now go the top of this web site and look at the recent articles, many of which discuss the current problems with the U.S stations and the correction algorithms being used. Even when presented with the most obvious evidence that the warming trend at many stations is artificial, climate scientists stubbornly refuse to address these issues. Until they do, however, many of us will continue to dismiss their claims of warming.

  • ras

    Mac Lorry,

    Agreed. Some scientists want to be great researchers, whereas others want to do great research.

    Credentials will not distinguish between the two. One must look at the evidence itself, and when one does so, the global warming crowd falls short.

    Trolls,

    Just for fun, here’s a q: please name the top 3 recommendations for fighting global warming that involve de-decentralizing power and reducing govt size. Can you name even one?

    Nature all around us is a decentralized system and works great; decentralized economies are far more efficient than centralized ones; and hasn’t the relatively decentralized internet been orders of magnitude better than, say, the relatively centralized French Minitel system, for ex?

    In fact, everywhere we look, decentralization, where it can be implemented, works better. This is not to say it should be blindly pursued, but when the global warming crowd offers 500 recommendations for official action and they all sum up as “govt research concludes we need more govt” … doesn’t that inspire you to develop even just a few decentralized solutions?

    If not, why not? After all, decentralized systems work better, and don’t you want the world’s efforts to save itself to work as well as possible?

    And if you have concluded that decentralized solutions are impossible across the board … please cite the research that indicates that this is so. Otherwise, what are you waiting for?

  • John Ryan

    Of course it is silly to think that 6 billion humans could have any impact on their environment or on the climate.
    And if we admit that the hippies are correct on this who knows where it might all lead to

  • John Ryan

    And please try to remember that snow is a form of precipitation. It is not an accurate gauge of temperature. For instance the interior of Antarctica is a dessert (defined as an arid area receiving less than 10″ of precipitation per year” One of the main reasons is because of its extremely low temps makes it impossible for the air to hold moisture. So if there were an increase in temp there in all probability there would also be an increase in the amount of snowfall.
    This “cold dessert” area s also true in the northern interior portion of Alaska. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska#Climate
    This is just one of many reasons that a climatologist or a meteorologist would not be surprised when warmer temps bring more snowfall.
    Even here in the USA it is much more common for snowfall to occur when the temp is closer to freezing 32F than when it is closer to 0F, the air can not hold moisrture when it is too cold.
    Most of this should have been covered in a good high school class of Earth Science.

  • John Ryan

    As for the causes of global warming of course there are many. But humans may have little control over most causes.

  • John Ryan

    So Steve F
    About the large amounts of snowfall. Did this occur in an area where rain would have been expected at that time of year ? When it snowed was it significantly colder ? or was it just that the AMOUNT of precipitation was unusual ?

  • Dave W

    Some of them have ventured off the beaten path and declared “Man-made climate change” as opposed to man-made global warming. I don’t remember the exact figures, but what we are putting into the atmosphere is so scientifically insignificant that anyone trying to say that we are actually having an impact on our climate is just being downright dishonest. The ratio of carbon dioxide to anything else in our atmosphere has remained virtually unchanged despite an industrial revolution and the hundreds of years following.

    Not to mention those tall green things that change CO2 into oxygen called… what are they… OH! thats right! Trees!!!

  • Dave W

    nogo, i suggest you read this: http://www.weatherquestions.com/Roy-Spencer-on-global-warming.htm

    It’s a very good read. most of what scientists say they know is actually just a bunch of assumptions based on terrible computer models. have fun!

  • Dave W

    I jusy want to add this from the link i posted above:

    Al Gore likes to say that mankind puts 70 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day. What he probably doesn’t know is that mother nature puts 24,000 times that amount of our main greenhouse gas — water vapor — into the atmosphere every day, and removes about the same amount every day. While this does not ‘prove’ that global warming is not manmade, it shows that weather systems have by far the greatest control over the Earth’s greenhouse effect, which is dominated by water vapor and clouds.

  • spurwing plover

    All this so called global warming and the sea leavels in some areas are down and is venece getting flooded yet?

  • epador

    OMG. It got so hot the moon’s gone out. Dam that GWB!

  • Peter F.

    …decades of scientifically collected climate data…

    Wow. Decades. In a world that’s been around–according to scientists, anyway–some 4.5 BILLION years. That’s quite a sample size there, Brian. Decades. Wow.

    Mathematics requires greater sample sizes in valuing AA in poker hands…

  • Alan Orfi

    John Ryan,

    Your knowledge of weather is fundamentally wrong on virtually every aspect. First of all, it is a total myth that it is “too cold to snow”. Our coldest outbreaks result from invasions of high pressure from Canada which usher in cold, DRY air. It doesn’t snow much during cold outbreaks because the origin of the air is dry, not because the cold air “cannot hold moisture”. In fact, the CAUSE of all precipitation is the presence of more moisture than the air can hold. In North America, it gets warmer before snow events because the counter-clockwise rotation of low pressure systems pump in air (and moisture) from the south. You lecturious comments expose a complete lack of understanding of this subject.

    On the subject of global warming as a whole, we are just now beginning to see a reversal of the temporary warming period most likely caused by excessive solar activity. The surface temperatures on Mars and our moon also rose during this same period and those readings too have begun to retreat. Global temperatures for the past 90 days have actually been below the 100-year average.

    Ironically, when the earth does cool, this will lead to much more hardship on Earth as the lower ocean temperatures yield much less monsoonal rainfall in Africa and Asia. During the “global cooling” scare in the 1970s, we saw horrible famines in these areas as the cooler oceans did not produce adequate rainfall.

  • Brian

    That’s quite a sample size there, Brian. Decades. Wow.

    You’re right, I should have said “millennia”, given the examination of gas levels trapped in soil and rock samples. However, the relevant measurement is a correlation of change with increased man-made production of CO2. Not much to measure prior to 7-8 decades ago, eh?

    In a world that’s been around–according to scientists, anyway–some 4.5 BILLION years.

    Yeah, well I think the era when the earth was a molten volcanic wasteland would skew the data, but you’re welcome to include it in your calculations.

    Besides, many here think the earth is only 6,000 years old, so the data then becomes more comprehensive.

  • Not to play devil’s advocate here, but I am trying to find a a direct link on NOAA’s website regarding this report.

    Every blog which speaks of the ice returning to their normal levels link back to the UK Daily Express’s story. I need a real link to NOAA’s website which states this.

    And for the record, I do NOT believe in this global warming hoo-haw. I never did. I just wanted to point out that I see no direct link on NOAA’s website which can confirm the UK Daily Express’s story.

  • Spurwing Plover

    Al Gore is trying to make himself look so green as to make KERMIT THE FROG look pale