Monday, January 10, 2011

Weather is Not the Same Thing as Climate

An article in today's Christian Science Monitor (here) contends that:
The unusual winter conditions, especially in the South and parts of the mid-Atlantic, have renewed debates about manmade global warming, with many scientists saying the cold weather is proof of climate change and skeptics saying such global-warming hype has left many unprepared for one of the coldest and snowiest decades in 40 years.
This is simply shoddy journalism by someone who doesn't understand the difference between weather and climate. The cold, snowy whether in the south has certainly not "renewed debates about manmade global warming." Short term weather patterns tell us next to nothing about longer term climate trends.

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