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The Global Warming Controversy Continues…

March 28th, 2009 by Matthew Leach


 

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“It’s been so cold lately! Global warming is false!”

Global warming is certainly a controversial subject, and usually the most heated debates (no pun intended) concerning our planet’s changing climate occur during a cold snap whether it be the one we had in December or the current one we’re in this month. Some even denounced global warming after our slightly cooler and wetter than normal summer. But is it fair disregard the possibility of global warming because of a few anomalies?

There are valid points to both sides of the issue. Whether the globe is warming rapidly or merely going through a climate “shift”, a meteorological transition is occurring. Granted there will be lulls in the weather from time to time during a shift in the climate, global warming doesn’t mean just warm temperatures. It also means a  gradual rise in extreme weather events: deadly tornadoes/hailstorms in the Midwest (check), devastating hurricanes in the south (check), crippling ice storms in the northeast (check), flooding in the north and Midwest (check), droughts/fires in the west (check)…the list goes on.

It’s actually pretty amazing to look at the extreme weather events that have occurred in the Northwest from 2006-2009. We’ve had our fair share of severe weather: heavy rains/floods (November 2006/December 2007), wind (December 2006), cold/snow (November 2006, January 2007, December 2008) and late season cold/snow (March/April 2008/2009).

Aside from our string of severe weather, it is important to realize Kitsap is not the center of the universe. Yes, it has been devilishly cold here this past winter, but that does not mean it’s been this cold everywhere. On a global scale, scientists will tell you the earth is warming ever so slightly. Some will even tell you it is warming at an alarming, life-threatening rate.

Conversely, in the Old Farmers 2008 Almanac, there is an article about global cooling and some very valid points are made. Also, Christopher Booker of Telegraph.co.uk wrote a very interesting article titled: “2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved”. Click here to read about it. It’s a long read, but full of good information. Whether we’re cooling or warming, the earth is going through a serious makeover, one that will keep meteorologists on their toes for the next several decades.

If you would like to read a more detailed description of why we shouldn’t take a short period of colder than average weather and call it the end of global warming, read this blog entry from meteorologist Scott Sistek, KOMO 4 Weather Producer and good friend. He’s the guy who got me into all this weather stuff! :)

What are your thoughts? I’m interested to hear what my fellow Kitsapers feel about this issue.

Have a great weekend,

Matthew Leach

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57 Responses to “The Global Warming Controversy Continues…”

  1. Brianna Says:

    well matthew, yet another interesting forcast, too bad i wont be here to see how it turns out! any idea how the weather will be in oregon on the coast? haha.

  2. Matthew Leach Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Brianna :)

    The Oregon Coast? Wet, breezy, cold and cloudy! Haha enjoy!

  3. Katherine Sugimoto Says:

    Oh Matt, I have a book by Thomas Friedman you must read. His newest book on climate change is really great. I think he describes climate change in the best way. Although the average global temperature has only increased about 3% in the last one hundred years, that 3% makes a huge difference. Think of it like the body temperature of a human. If your body temperature increased 3%, you might think you were sick. If it increased another 3%, you would most likely be in a hospital. The numbers are all relative, but what’s most important is that we realize we do have a problem. And the truth is we need to start finding ways to slow this process, before it is–as cliche as it may sound–too late.

  4. Matthew Leach Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Katherine! I’ll have to check that book out. I have researched both sides of the global warming issue and haven’t quite made a solid opinion either way.

    -Matt

  5. Mars Says:

    The good thing about which side of this “controversy” you come down on is that the extreme weather events we are going to be living with in the new normal environment will hit everyone, believer or not. The atmosphere simply doesn’t care whether you “believe” it is getting hotter.

  6. Wethead Says:

    You know when meteorologists are able to accurately predict next week’s weather, I will begin to pay more close attention. Frankly no one can predict the future. If climatology and meteorology were any different you guys would be in Vegas!

  7. jk Says:

    Just because someone has had something published in print, doesn’t mean that they are reliable source. A quick google search has Christopher Booker also asserting that asbestos is a harmless white powder, second hand smoke isn’t a health risk, and that “intelligent design” creationism is a scientific theory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Booker

    Let’s snort some asbestos and see if he’s right. You go first; you seem to trust the guy.

  8. Matthew Leach Says:

    jk: I simply gave two sides to the issue: warming and cooling. I never said which one I supported. What gave you the impression I support Christopher Booker? I just said his article is “interesting”.

    I think you may be the only one snorting asbestos here…

  9. Biznews Says:

    March, 2008: 5 record lows, 0 record highs

    March, 2009: 7 record lows, 0 record highs (so far)

    Go Figure…

  10. Matthew Leach Says:

    Biznews: I suppose it depends which location you are referring to because some Kitsap areas have had 10+ record lows/record low highs just this month.

    Crazy!

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