The Apple Of God's Eye

January 30, 2010

Ironclad Logic: Big Freeze Caused By Global Warming

According to the Times, arctic freeze and snow are wreaking havoc across the planet (January 5; emphasis mine):

Arctic air and record snow falls gripped the Northern Hemisphere yesterday, inflicting hardship and havoc from China, across Russia to Western Europe and over the U.S. plains.

There were few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that killed dozens in India, paralyzed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans sheltered from a potentially killer freeze, Paris endured sunny Siberian cold, Italy dug itself out of snowdrifts and Poland counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about minus 25°C (-13°F).

The heaviest snow yesterday hit northeastern Asia, which is suffering its worst winter weather for 60 years. More than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of snow covered Seoul, the South Korean capital—the heaviest fall since records began in 1937.

In China, Beijing and the nearby port city of Tianjin had the deepest snow since 1951, with falls of up to 8 inches and temperatures of minus 10°C. In the far north of China, the temperature fell to minus 32°C. …

In Italy, emergency services struggled with rare cold and ice. Motorways in the northeast were closed and military helicopters were sent to Sicily with medical aid.

In the United States, heavy snow fell again on the northeast. In Burlington, Vermont, a record 33 inches of snow fell in a weekend storm. … Residents of the Northern Plains were warned to expect lethally cold temperatures of about minus 30°C.

The icy conditions of Western Europe, which broke records in half a dozen countries in December, are expected to last for at least another week. … Closer to home, forecasters have warned Britons to brace themselves for a freezing cold, bleak new year—this winter is set to be the coldest for more than 30 years.

The Times concludes its piece on the abnormal barrage of exceptionally cold weather by asking an expert about the cause. Here is his amazing answer:

Guo Hu, the head of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, linked this week’s conditions to unusual atmospheric patterns caused by global warming.

There you have it. Another case of ironclad logic. Whether global temperatures are warming or cooling it is due to global warming. How can anyone argue with that?

The remarkably cold weather gripping the Northern Hemisphere this winter is but a continuation of the freakish weather seen globally over the last few years: record heat, record fires, record rainfall, record snowfall, record hail, record drought, record flooding, record honey bee colony collapse and so on. Yet, despite these unprecedented natural disasters, mankind is missing the point. To understand why the world is experiencing such disastrous weather patterns, read “Weather: God’s Bullhorn to Mankind.”


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