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Daily Beast: How Global Warming Is Freezing Us

From the Daily Beast:

Global Warming Is Freezing You

By Eric Holthaus [sic] | January 6, 2014

… The coldest weather in decades has begun its march across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country. On Monday and Tuesday, the “polar vortex” will push southward with a ferocity nearly unmatched in the last 140 years of record-keeping.

It’s so cold that the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued an extremely rare (I’ve never seen it before) ‘Particularly Dangerous Situation’ wind chill warning for Monday morning, a special type of warning usually only reserved for the most extreme tornado outbreaks. Bold words of warning, from the weather service:

Wind chills there are expected to dip as low as -65ºF, challenging all-time local records in one of the coldest places in the country. Weather records in the Twin Cities date back to 1871.

It’s so cold that the National Weather Service in Miami has issued a freeze watch for the Everglades. You know, home of alligators and giant pythons. And even alligator-eating pythons. Sub-freezing air will also extend southward across the border of Texas into Mexico.

It’s so cold that in places like Chicago, high temperatures on Monday could break current record lows.

Sure, schools are accordingly shut across the Midwest, but when Atlanta’s schools close, you know something’s a little out of hand. Simply put, this is the kind of cold you don’t want to mess around with.

As crazy as it sounds, global warming may be at least partly to blame.

Oh, that’s no crazy at all. No way. (Sarcasm.)

This particularly aspect of climate change science [sic] is not yet definitive, but here’s what may be going on:

Translation: Here is our cockamamie excuse for the lack of global warming, but don’t hold us to it when it turns out to be (once again) nonsense.

1) The Arctic rapidly warming: It’s always going to be colder at the North Pole than it is in Miami, but the difference in temperature between those two places may already be shrinking. The Arctic is quickly losing sea ice, which is being replaced by relatively warmer open ocean. Liquid water tends to trap heat more effectively than ice, which in turn discourages the future formation of ice. It’s a feedback loop that is not working in our favor, and as a result, the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.

2) The jet stream is slowing down: The coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere is typically trapped in the far northern Arctic by the jet stream. However, with a little help from climate change, that barrier is starting to break down. As the temperature contrast between the warmer tropics decreases, the jet stream, which exists due to that contrast, weakens and becomes more elongated and chaotic. Think of navigating a car through slow-moving traffic: it’s a lot less straightforward to find a quick route from point A to point B.

Remember the old PSA: ‘This is your mind on drugs’? — This is ‘science’ on drugs. We are supposed to believe that manmade global warming has slowed down the jet stream.

3) As a result, extreme weather ensures: With a slower, more chaotic jet stream, there’s a much greater likelihood of weather systems getting stuck on their paths around the planet. When weather systems stagnate, they have a tendency to intensify, sometimes breaking records for heat, cold, snow, and rain in the process. Also, when increasingly elongated paths are taken by jet stream winds, it’s easier for them to pull exceptionally cold air further southwards, which is exactly what’s happening this week.

For those that still doubt, here’s something else that’s happening:

It’s so hot right now in Australia, they’re frying eggs on shovels. Isn’t science neat?

Yes, science is very "neat" when you can just change the rules of physics on a dime to try to meet your politics. In fact, it’s fun!

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Daily Beast: How Global Warming Is Freezing Us”

  1. mr_bill says:

    It’s summer in Australia right now and it regularly gets hot enough to fry eggs on shovels there. But, just a few weeks ago in Australia, it snowed and ski resorts opened in the summer. It’s so hot in the Antarctic summer that the global warming boat got stuck in all the ice that shouldn’t be there, according to algore.

    These people never quit. Red is blue, up is down, etc., etc., etc.

  2. canary says:

    Eric Holthaus is lying in saying “The Arctic rapidly warming” and other similar references in his article.

    The Arctic is breaking freezing records the same as the Antarctica is breaking freezing records at this time.

    So, Eric Holthaus’s entire article is crazier than he thinks.

    According to his words that it’s freezing in Mexico than why worry about tornadoes using his logic.

    I guess most not only don’t believe God created the earth and the different seasons if scientists were able to make the world one temper tefour changing seasons and what? they not believing that God created the earth and made the four season

    If it’s freezing in Mexico than why are they worried about tornadoes?

    I’d say Eric Holtaus believes the weather no matter where should never change, and there should be no seasons.

    I think he believes the winds, waves, rain, clouds, should never change and perform like clock work.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Johnny Carson – “It was so cold today …”
    Ed McMahon – “How cold was it?”
    Johnny Carson – “It was so cold, politicians had their hands in their own pockets”

  4. canary says:

    Substitute Former Inner City Teacher can’t Pronounce White Children’s and Looses his Cool


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