Filed in National by on February 25, 2011

One of the most tired talking points about global warming is this one put forth in yesterday’s News Journal:

Given the snowfall Delaware has experienced the last couple of years, the state Department of Transportation has done an admirable job clearing roads, particularly main arteries such as Del. 1 and Interstate 95. There’s obviously been no global warming in Delaware’s recent winters.

Yes, because Delaware is the whole globe and global warming models predict it will never snow again. :eyeroll: So, what’s up with all the snow?

This brings us to the question of whether extreme snows are more typical because of global warming. Sorry to cut to the chase so quickly, but the answer is yes. According to research compiled in part by Dr. David Changnon, professor of Meteorology at Northern Illinois University, and published in the journal of the American Meteorological Society, “the frequency of Midwestern snow storms goes up as a result of increasing temperatures worldwide.” The research also concludes that “these comparative results reveal that a future with wetter and warmer winters, which is one outcome expected (National Assessment Synthesis Team 2001), will bring more snowstorms than in 1901–2000.” Good news if you’re an avid snowmobiler!

Now it’s time to look for the cause and effect that global warming increases the frequency and severity of snow events. One elementary piece of meteorology is almost enough to explain this. Warmer water evaporates quicker than colder water. If the planet continues to see warmer-than-normal temperatures, more water vapor will be allowed to evaporate from oceans and given to the atmosphere. According to report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change),”given observed sea surface temperature increases, this implies an overall increase in water vapour of order 5 percent over the 20th century and about 4 percent since 1970.”

Studies are showing that global climate change makes storms more severe and flooding more likely. But we will continue to pretend there is some controversy and screw the next generation. I can’t believe all the earnest concern from politicians about leaving debt for the next generation but absolutely no concern about leaving the Earth for the next generation.

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  1. I also caught this little bit of crapola but was too tired to muster the necessary verbiage to point it out. Good on UI!

  2. Geezer says:

    That whole editorial smacks of them not knowing what to write about, so Ron Williams decided to whine about his drive to work.

  3. jason330 says:

    I hereby call on Ron Williams to retire in shame.

  4. Phil says:

    It used to snow just like this 35 years ago….

  5. Geezer says:

    “It used to snow just like this 35 years ago…”

    Well, that seals it then. Call off all those researchers; they obviously don’t know what they’re doing.

  6. Anyone who’s ever lived in a snowy climate (I lived in Buffalo for 7 years) knows that warmer winter weather is more snowy. Clear weather is more cold.

  7. Dr. Strangeweather says:

    Weather is local; climate is global… repeate after me….

    Thanks UI for not letting this bit of foolery pass unnoticed.

  8. heragain says:

    UI, damn, girl. I count on you. 🙂

  9. Phil says:

    I didn’t say that to call off research, on the contrary I feel there needs to be more. I just don’t feel like we should put all of our eggs in one basket on the backs of computer models. They are far from perfect, and some don’t even factor in clouds and wind patterns.

    Four hundreds of years, science believed the earth was flat, or that the earth was the center of the solar system. This of course all turned out to be false after more research and understanding of physics. Just think about other long standing theories that were proven false.

  10. anonymous says:

    Climate change denial equals loss of nature, property, life.

    Thomas Edison had imagined running out of fossil fuel, rather than a country possessed by pollution heirs, political pimps and boisterous jackals, who claim oil, gas, coal, should hold preference over clean sources of energy.

    These predators have long proven themselves unworthy of further consideration. Instead, the corporate entities, their agents, should be held responsible for violating rights, instrumental in causing present and future damages.

    “That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” George Mason

    Benjamin Franklin was in agreement with Thomas Jefferson in downplaying protection of “property” as a goal of government. It is noted that Franklin found property to be a “creature of society” and thus, he believed that it should be taxed as a way to finance civil society.

    The text of the second section of the Declaration of Independence reads:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, at among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    What voice says, clean energy, is right; that destroying the balance of the world’s air and climate systems, is wrong?


    Why should men listen to malcontent media clowns and thugs who want to continue along a path of harm, poverty and death of nature, that negligent fools would destroy for their present financial gratifications.

    The majority of the public does realize, the buffoons are too tightly attached to the causes and financial benefits of environmental destruction. That others prosper through avarice, leaves them too unworthy to be more than thieves and their fools who advice should be thoroughly dissected to unravel it’s internal structure of greed for all to see.

    It’s the least future generations should expect for such soulless plunder.

  11. Don says:

    >Four hundreds of years, science believed the earth was flat, or that the earth was the center of the solar system. <

    The Greeks knew the earth was round as far back as 6000 BC, but the rest of the world took millenia to catch up because it didn't fit with their preconceived notions.

    Science doesn't "believe" anything. It's a process. That process has uncovered significant evidence that the climate is changing and that we're causing it. It's just taking lots of people a long time to catch up, because this doesn't fit with their preconceived notions.

  12. Geezer says:

    “Just think about other long standing theories that were proven false.”

    Conservative economics, for instance.

  13. Phil says:

    or Aristotle’s dynamic motion. Or even elemental theory until we discovered subatomic particles. who knows, maybe one day we will find out that that giant orb in the sky causes climate change (or lack thereof) more than we ever hope to.

  14. anonymous says:

    Monkey No See

    How does one stop abusers? Make, enforce the laws, collect the damages and/or lock them up.

    It’s time to demand laws and better laws to protect the environment. It’s time to demand that they be enforced, damages paid, time done.

    Our government must especially be on the side of creating clean energy, not more and bigger coal plants. Does it have to be said again, no such thing as a clean coal plant. People must realize, it is the children’s natural environment that is being sold, and it’s easy for some to do.

    People today can’t deal with changing methods of producing energy? Children who will not even know what a natural environment was or how to stop the accumulating damages that are being sold today, won’t be able to deal with it either. That should be unsettling enough, but it isn’t for some.

    People need to realize that billions are being spent on replacing the shores around the country. In Delaware, it involves huge, deep, expensive, temporary sand barriers in front dozens of miles of property. If this weren’t done here, Delawareans would see and believe, yes, rising sea levels – it’s real. So are changing weather patterns, melting ice caps, changes to ocean currents, acidification of oceans, waters, wildlife damages, draughts, crop failures, forest fires, floods, migrations, a changing atmosphere, add long list here.

    Where are EPA, DNREC on clean energy? Republicans in Washington want to shut EPA down. ‘Delaware’ approved more coal energy. If change isn’t happening, why continue with phony sand “renourishments” draining billions of the country’s taxes? So they get to burn more coal?

    Bring on the dredges, ten million dollars for dredgers and sand. Never mind that Delawareans will be relying on more and bigger coal plants, contributing more CO2. The fossil fuel industries will profit saying, it costs less. What are the real costs of delays?

    Monkey no see a problem, therefore the problem doesn’t exist. NRG, Connectiv, Delaware Electric Coop, Governor, DNREC officials, elected officials, there is a problem and it is costing. It is the largest environmental problem to face mankind, more precisely, the children.

    “Daddy, isn’t climate change a clear threat to America, and it’s economy?” “Don’t worry your pretty little head, dear.”

    “Don’t the threats grow worse and more costly, as change is ignored?” “Daddy makes a lot of money, Princess.”

    “But Daddy, won’t catastrophic events destroy the world’s economy, even further reducing any chances for any normalcy or …even survival?” “Shut up, go to sleep, you pesky, little…..”

    I suppose all the coal and roaring coal plants fueling Delaware, couldn’t warm a heart that cold.