“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,
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