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AP: Halloween Storm Proves Global Warming

From our old friend and professional climate hysteric, Seth Borenstein at the Associated Press:

AP News break: Panel says wild weather worsens

By SETH BORENSTEIN – AP Science Writer
November 1, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freakish weather disasters — from the sudden October snowstorm in the Northeast U.S. to the record floods in Thailand — are striking more often. And global warming is likely to spawn more similar weather extremes at a huge cost, says a draft summary of an international climate report obtained by The Associated Press.

And never mind that this very article goes on to quote several scientists who flatly deny that the October snowstorm had anything to do with ‘global warming.’

The final draft of the report from a panel of the world’s top climate scientists paints a wild future for a world already weary of weather catastrophes costing billions of dollars.

Can Mr. Borenstein point to any period in history when there were no "weather catastrophes"?

The report says costs will rise and perhaps some locations will become "increasingly marginal as places to live."

The report from the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be issued in a few weeks, after a meeting in Uganda. It says there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases.

And there evidence is what exactly? Rapidly melting glaciers in Greenland, perhaps? (Which turned out to be untrue.)

And worsened since when? Even the researchers at the home of ‘Climategate’ the University Of East Anglia admit that the earth’s temperature has not gone up in the last 15 or so years.

Everyone is looking for the missing heat of ‘global warming.’ So how could things have gotten worse?

This marks a change in climate science from focusing on subtle changes in daily average temperatures to concentrating on the harder-to-analyze freak events that grab headlines, cause economic damage and kill people. The most recent bizarre weather extreme, the pre-Halloween snowstorm, is typical of the damage climate scientists warn will occur — but it’s not typical of the events they tie to global warming.

"The extremes are a really noticeable aspect of climate change," said Jerry Meehl, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "I think people realize that the extremes are where we are going to see a lot of the impacts of climate change."

The snow-bearing Nor’easter cannot be blamed on climate change and probably isn’t the type of storm that will increase with global warming, four meteorologists and climate scientists said. They agree more study is needed.

Then why was the Halloween storm the first thing the AP mentioned? They don’t cite anyone else to support their claim.

By the way, there have been plenty of ‘freak’ Halloween storms before this last one. Including the so-called Halloween Blizzard that affected the upper Midwest from October 31 to November 3, 1991 and killed 22 people.

But experts on extreme storms have focused more closely on the increasing numbers of super-heavy rainstorms, not snow, NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said…

They constantly move the goal posts, even in one article.

The opposite kind of disaster — the drought in Texas and the Southwest U.S. — is also the type of event scientists are saying will happen more often as the world warms, said Schmidt and Meehl, who reviewed part of the climate panel report. No studies have specifically tied global warming to the drought, but it is consistent with computer models that indicate current climate trends will worsen existing droughts, Meehl said.

After all, Texas has never had droughts before. Except for minor droughts like the ‘Dustbowl‘ of the 1930s, which was centered in Texas and Oklahoma.

Studies also have predicted more intense monsoons with climate change. Warmer air can hold more water and puts more energy into weather systems, changing the dynamics of storms and where and how they hit.

Thailand is now coping with massive flooding from monsoonal rains that illustrate how climate is also interconnected with other manmade issues such as population and urban development, river management and sinking lands, Schmidt said…

Because Thailand has never had monsoons or flooding before.

There’s an 80 percent chance that the killer Russian heat wave of 2010 wouldn’t have happened without the added push of global warming, according to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Just like there is an 80 percent chance that these figures are made up out of whole cloth.

So while in the past the climate change panel, formed by the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization, has discussed extreme events in snippets in its report, this time the scientists are putting them all together. The report, which needs approval by diplomats at the mid-November meeting, tries to measure the confidence scientists have in their assessment of climate extremes both future and past

We thought this was ‘settled.’

Besides, why should diplomats from tinhorn dictatorships, who will get kickbacks from the income redistribution that will be the solution to any global warming problems, get to vote on this?

Chris Field, one of the leaders of the climate change panel, said he and other authors won’t comment because the report still is subject to change. The summary chapter of the report didn’t detail which regions of the world might suffer extremes so severe as to leave them marginally habitable

Apparently, all of these details is still up for negotiation. The UN diplomats have to decide who will get the most ‘pie.’

The report does say scientists are "virtually certain" — 99 percent — that the world will have more extreme spells of heat and fewer of cold. Heat waves could peak as much as 5 degrees hotter by mid-century and even 9 degrees hotter by the end of the century

Just as they were certain 15 years ago that temperatures would skyrocket and kill us and every living thing on the planet. Which somehow has not happened.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters, who wasn’t involved in the study, said in the United States from June to August this year, blistering heat set 2,703 daily high temperature records, compared with only 300 cold records during that period, making it the hottest summer in the U.S. since the Dust Bowl of 1936.

So they have heard of the Dust Bowl. Was that summer’s heat caused by the US emitting too much carbon at the height of the worldwide Depression?

By the end of the century, the intense, single-day, heavy rainstorms that now typically happen only once every 20 years are likely to happen about twice a decade, the report says.

The report said hurricanes and other tropical cyclones — like 2005’s Katrina — are likely to get stronger in wind speed, but won’t increase in number and may actually decrease

Hilarious. They really need to decide on a story and stick to it.

But Masters said the basics of the report seem to be proven true by what’s happening every day. "In the U.S., this has been the weirdest weather year we’ve had for my 30 years, hands down. Certainly this October snowstorm fits in with it."

Except that the Halloween snowstorm was not all that weird. Besides, even this article says it had nothing to do with ‘global warming.’

But any lie in a storm.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “AP: Halloween Storm Proves Global Warming”

  1. Astravogel says:

    I’ve heard of a few ‘marginal places to live.” The South Side of Chicago,
    New Orleans (15 shot during Hallowe’en) Zucotti Park, major parts of L.A.
    Bangladesh, most of the Middle East, Somalia, and so on. And the sad
    part of this is, it isn’t the climate, it’s the people.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “Studies also have predicted more intense monsoons with climate change.”

    That is interesting, because a study just published in the Journal Science titled, Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon, concluded just the opposite. It is amazing how global warming climate change seems to always cause the weather that we are currently experiencing. But I guess I’m just being an anti-science cynic.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    The most economically free nations have the cleanest environments.

    First, because they can afford to believe in fear-mongering hoaxes instead of fear-mongering, blood-thirsty dictators, but more importantly because industry was free to collect profits to invest in drilling and manufacturing technology which was thousands of times more environmentally friendly while still being efficient, a phenomenon the modern left (which fears climate armageddon) would probably say is counter-productive – because it outsources labor; e.g. the ATM. Strong business revenues yielded strong tax receipts which funded first world sanitation.

    It’s almost like they have no clue how the United States created the greatest standard of living increase for the individual of any civilization in just a few short centuries. Then you remember that’s exactly what they hate. It was done with because the rich screwed the world over, apparently.

  4. canary says:

    sex assaults and rapes increase on NY OWS do to snow. OWS handling incidents internally.

    The New York Post: Fiend attacks ‘Occupy’ protester in her tent

    By Kevin Fasick & Candice M. GIOVE
    Oct 30, 2011

    Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park battened down the hatches yesterday as the early October snow turned their tents into igloos, but the close quarters also made easy pickings for one predator.

    A sex fiend barged into a woman’s tent and sexually assaulted her at around 6 a.m., said protesters, who chased him from the park.

    She said that weeks earlier another woman was raped.

    “We don’t tell anyone,” she said. “We handle it internally. I said too much already.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/zuccotti_perv_Qd8v3hCAnspzJ7VGC9nJZP#ixzz1cV9evxry

    New York Post

    • DW says:

      “We don’t tell anyone,” she said. “We handle it internally. I said too much already.”

      I doubt strongly that any of the readership here has a loved one (female type) in any of these camps. Which is a very good thing because the above statement would hardly be a comforting thing to hear if you did have a daughter or other loved-one involved in this movement.

      Sex fiend, though. What a delightfully archaic term.
      In this day and age where, if you haven’t lost your virginity by the age of ten, you’re considered some sort of freak -where neither age, gender, vital signs or even species is a bar to having intimate contact –
      just what the hell qualifies you as a sex fiend???

    • The Redneck says:

      “We don’t tell anyone,” she said. “We handle it internally. I said too much already.”–
      Meaning that they’re willing to let this bastard get away with it because that will best help their political goals.

      I’m sorry for the crudity, but this just too perfect an opportunity to let pass by….

      The OWS literally expects these rape victims to “take one for the team.”

    • tranquil.night says:

      Republicans’ fault.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “Police say a man has been found dead inside his tent at a protest at a park in downtown Oklahoma City. Fellow protest participant Mark Faulk says the man was in his early 30s and was homeless. Faulk says the man had delivered a passionate speech Sunday night about the problems of homelessness and drug abuse.”


      The rich’s fault.

      Gee, like that writer at Slate said, why didn’t the Left think of getting drones out in the street en masse earlier? Class War is so easy!

    • canary says:

      Tranquil, what was the poet huffing and sniffing as he explained being an addict and people don’t know the pain his pain. No doubt his fellow druggies pitied him and they overly shared their drugs with him to ease his withdrawals. What part of the east was he from?

  5. Not so fast says:

    I just LOVE man made Global Warming! If it’s warmer than usual it’s Global Warming. If it’s colder than usual it’s Global Warming. If it’s the USUAL then it’s Global Warming! MAN, I wish I could put my brain on hold like that. Must be nice! LOL

  6. jobeth says:

    Global warming beliefs demonstrate the self importance these lefties feel about themselves.

    When you take the % of the the earth’s surface occupied by people and pull out the much smaller % of that area that is densely populated then compare that with the % of sparsely populated land…then compare all that with the rest of the earth’s surface, its laughable to think we could change the weather with our “carbon flatulence” or lack there of. That’s real hubris!

    They don’t want temp change or Vegetation change..don’t cut trees…or clear out clogging waterways etc etc. Hello…??? If nothing changes its DEAD. And even that changes according to nature as it rots and becomes something else. Can’t wait for them to try to stop rotting (probably when someone lets them in on the fact that it’s their brains on that tract…lol)

    The temp changes cause winds and the winds clean and clear out vegetation and TREAT air pollutants and cause ocean currents to change to clean ocean floors etc etc etc.

    In other words…GOD…(you know that invisible man in the sky) thought of everything in order for it to work automatically. Melting arctic ice? Isn’t that when the antarctic tends to accumulate more ice?

    I think we’ll find everything in nature provides a good in the long run…Yep…even Katrina. Cleaned out the 9th ward at last. It was in dire need of cleaning. Humans sometimes live in places they have no business living…in a soup bowl is one of them.

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