It’s snowing again up in the North East, and it’s supposed to be yet another major snowstorm. The 3rd (4th?) big one of the year. We’ve joked about how the snow is disproving global warming, when–of course–one season of high levels of snowfall don’t prove or disprove anything. It does, however, annoy Al Gore and make him go into hiding, which is satisfying.
To respond to our jokes, liberal critics just reported them as if they were serious. Then, they fought back by using the exact same argument they were supposedly criticizing. ”Glenn Beck thinks one snowy winter disproves global warming! What an idiot! The truth is that all this snow proves global warming does exist!”
Well, 3 years ago I bought a snow blower. We’ve had such little snow in the past few years that I’ve only used it once until this year. One time in 3 years–in an area that is supposedly the center of where snowfall should be increasing according to the recent ridiculous rants. It was a joke in our house–how I bought this cool, expensive, piece of alpha-male equipment–and I can never use it. Before this year, we’ve only had one really big snowstorm since I moved to the area.
Where were these brilliant meteorologists/pundits on cable news back then telling me that man-made global warming would only be proven when it starts snowing a lot? Maybe they were with all of the people who were telling us that global warming is causing unlimited hurricanes to hit our shores back in 2005?* We’ve had almost no hurricanes since. We’re sure to hear very soon that the lack of hurricanes is both the fault of global warming and brutally dangerous.
The point is that these snowstorms don’t disprove or prove global warming. Nor did the lack of snow in the previous years. They just confirm that I’m too out of shape to shovel.
* Worth reading on hurricanes: the World Meteorological Organization “. . . we cannot at this time conclusively identify anthropogenic signals in past tropical cyclone data.”