All Good Right Wingers know that Global Warming is Fake,
Of course, the best time to read about the Global Warming Hoax on the wingnut-O-sphere is during the Winter – preferably during a snowstorm. It is the winter when you can count on various Nutters of all varieties take time to point out that snow and cold weather obviously proves that Global Warming is a Hoax. In the summer, these fine folks, I believe, tend to stay indoors with the air conditioning cranked typing nary a word about the relationship of weather to Global Warming. One can only wonder why they remain silent when record heat waves bake the Country. Second thought, this is probably a smart strategy on these nutters’ part. Why draw unnecessary attention in a heat wave?
Powerline Blog is especially guilty of this sleazy trick when it informs its readers, who are probably not some of the sharper knives in the drawer begin with, that snow in the wintertime disproves Anthropogenic Global Warming. “How can there be warming,” the Nutter posits, “look at all the snow? We had snow back when I was a kid and there is snow now. See I told you that Liberal Scientists are all Tricksy and False?”
And on it goes. During a heat wave, these characters STFU. That is all I’m saying.
Unfortunately for the Wingers, the Global Global Warming Conspiracy just got even larger yesterday when the 2009 State of the Climate Report was released. By larger I mean that the Global Global Warming Conspiracy grew by more than 300 tricksy scientists from 160 research groups (call them cells - it sounds more ominous. Terrorists organize in cells.) from 48 countries.
Damn. Gonna need a lot snowstorms this winter to disprove all of this report.
The 2009 State of the Climate report released today draws on data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. More than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries contributed to the report, which confirms that the past decade was the warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the last 50 years.
Based on comprehensive data from multiple sources, the report defines 10 measurable planet-wide features used to gauge global temperature changes. The relative movement of each of these indicators proves consistent with a warming world. Seven indicators are rising: air temperature over land, sea-surface temperature, air temperature over oceans, sea level, ocean heat, humidity and tropospheric temperature in the “active-weather” layer of the atmosphere closest to the Earth’s surface. Three indicators are declining: Arctic sea ice, glaciers and spring snow cover in the Northern hemisphere.
“For the first time, and in a single compelling comparison, the analysis brings together multiple observational records from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the ocean,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The records come from many institutions worldwide. They use data collected from diverse sources, including satellites, weather balloons, weather stations, ships, buoys and field surveys. These independently produced lines of evidence all point to the same conclusion: our planet is warming,”
“The temperature increase of one degree Fahrenheit over the past 50 years may seem small, but it has already altered our planet,” said Deke Arndt, co-editor of the report and chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch of NOAA’s
. “Glaciers and sea ice are melting, heavy rainfall is intensifying and heat waves are more common. And, as the new report tells us, there is now evidence that over 90 percent of warming over the past 50 years has gone into our ocean.” National Climatic Data Center
More and more, Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards, including sea-level rise, longer growing seasons, changes in river flows, increases in heavy downpours, earlier snowmelt and extended ice-free seasons in our waters. People are searching for relevant and timely information about these changes to inform decision-making about virtually all aspects of their lives. To help keep citizens and businesses informed about climate, NOAA created the Climate Portal athttp://www.climate.gov. The portal features a short video that summarizes some of the highlights of the State of the Climate Report.
State of the Climate is published as a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and is edited by D.S. Arndt, M.O. Baringer, and M.R. Johnson. The full report and an online media packet with graphics is available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate.