The Daily Mail provides a lengthy compendium of weather anomalies over the last year, in both the northern and southern hemispheres, that makes it mighty difficult to justify all the alarm over global warming.
In light of such similar news from so many places round the world, it may not seem surprising that U.S. satellite data for January shows the extent of snow cover in the northern hemisphere as reaching its highest level since 1966, 42 years ago – and that temperatures were lower than their average for the whole of the 20th century.
If recent weather patterns are any indication of what we’re heading into, global warming can’t get here fast enough. But this year does not inspire confidence in scientists’ ability to predict climate change.
But one of the oddest features of this great freeze is how little it was predicted.
We are so used to hearing that the world is inexorably warming up thanks to rising CO2 emissions, and that recent years have been the hottest since records were kept, that no one prepared us for the possibility that there might suddenly be such a dramatic exception to the accepted trend.
So far, the leading advocates of the global warming thesis have remained fairly quiet about the 2008 freeze, although some may explain that “freak weather events” such as we are now witnessing are just what we should expect to see as Planet Earth hots up – even if this produces the paradox that warming may sometimes lead to cooling.
For whatever it’s worth, while I’m writing this, the temperature outside is 15 degrees (F), and sleet is falling. It will be a fun drive to work this morning.