Record setting temperatures?I live in near Minot, North Dakota from
1968-70 when it was much colder.This is not record cold!
@Thid BarkerIt's easy to believe the Earth is getting warmer when you
look at the global anomaly charts for temperature this past week and see more
warm colors (above average) than cool colors (below average). There's a
bright blue/purple blotch over the Eastern US and parts of Canada, and many more
areas in the world with bright orange/red. Globally the four warmest years are
2016, 2015, 2017 (most likely, it's not yet official), and 2014. Why would
I let a cold wave out east make me reject what the current data and decades of
data overwhelmingly point to?
Grateful today for the layer of greenhouse gases that makes life on this earth
"Frozen Fractals": What a great name for the current climate conditions!
When everything is frozen, its hard to believe everything is getting warmer,
Some low information folks start panicking when the weather changes. It always
has.What a wonderful way for politicians to gain power. Ignorance will always precede socialism.
@Thid Barker"However, the people enduring record cold right now are
probably not buying global warming! Would you? By the way, its -3 here right
now!"I'm out east on vacation and it's cold outside
and I buy global warming because these cold temperatures are going into the same
datasets that show a clear warming trend with 2017 likely finishing as the third
warmest year behind 2016 and 2015.Why would anyone think cold days
and record lows can't occur with the Earth warming about 2F the past
century? They'd just become less common and record highs more common. A
good example of that is the 19 record highs and 0 record lows SLC set in 2017.
It is unfortunate that we indeed cannot control our temperature. It would be
nice if increasing CO2 actually raised the ambient temperature. Global warming
is better than cooling. Looks like cooling is winning this year.
Hutterite: Lots of people are telling us we can control our climate! That's
why Obama us got into the ridiculous Paris climate accord! However, the people
enduring record cold right now are probably not buying global warming! Would
you? By the way, its -3 here right now!
No one's telling us we can control our climate. We can, however, affect it.
Especially in terms of chemistry. And the evidence suggests we are
affecting it, in a negative way. We should take steps to mitigate this.
What are we learning from this? We are reminded, again, that our climate is not
simple predictable physics and chemistry, rather a highly complex
combination/interaction/superposition of solar physics, orbital mechanics,
chemistry, meteorology, geology and oceanography that, at best, we still only
partially understand and changes constantly with every variable! We have also
learned that anyone who tells us we can control our climate is naive and