The Goreacle: Snowstorms caused by global warming

Earlier today, Al Gore responded to a question posed last week by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly:

Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.

A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.

Apparently, Mr. Gore has never noted that climate scientists once thought snowfall would disappear. But wait, there’s more.

According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.”

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Also, apparently Mr. Gore is unable to track the global monthly temperature. If he had, he would note that there is no “global warming” this month.

Note to Al: The global temperature has been falling in December and January in concert with a strong La Niña. In the chart below, negative values indicate cooling/La Niña, while positive values indicate warming/El Niño.

Al, please note the pretty blue colors:

NOAA’s Aqua satellite lower troposphere channel 5 shows that global temperatures are currently below normal. I’ve helpfully added a big purple arrow to help Mr. Gore read the graph.

Dr. Roy Spencer takes Gore to task here. We’ll have the final January UAH global temperature anomaly in the next day or so. I hope Bill O’Reilly points this out to Gore on Fox.

Anthony Watts operates the most visited blog on climate science in the world, www.wattsupwiththat.com.

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  • Altered States

    Global Warming is a bit of a misnomer. Scientists should be calling it Climate Change. Human activity is affecting the environment.

    CO2 is the least of our worries.

    Petrochemicals and other man made chemicals, when exposed to the atmosphere, create compounds so exotic they aren’t even in the dictionary, yet. The known affects are worrisome but, the unknown affects are even more worrisome. We don’t know what aberrations these newly created compounds can do to the environment.

    Larger and more intense storms are the result of such chemicals – along with other industrial pollutants. Massive kills of birds, fish, cows, and other species are more symptoms of a planet going out of control. We may argue if the science is wrong and, which side you come down on depends what your political views are. But, politics won’t change the facts and the facts are, we are changing the weather systems around the globe.

    We are affecting global sea currents. The BP oil spill has affected the Gulf Stream. If the Gulf Stream were to shut down completely the N.E. United States and N.W. Europe would go into another mini ice age virtually overnight. So argue if you will, it doesn’t matter. We can’t reverse or stop what we are doing to the planet – unless, of course, you want to revert back to the pre-industrialized world we use to live in.

    • Ben Blankenship

      How politically correct; how juvenile the reasoning. Blame industry for all the world’s ills, including global climate change. Seems a few years ago there was what we now call the Ice Age, followed by a warming, followed by…etc.
      The world’s the same, we’ll never change it–except for our increasing prosperity and welfare. Thanks, industry and innovation. Global warmists are the true retards of our age.

    • J Baustian

      Many claims are offered, but no arguments are made. How do you hope to convince the unpersuaded, without evidence? And I mean real evidence, not computer models running cherry-picked data.

    • http://www.natereport.blogspot.com Nate Report

      Al Gore has positioned himself to gain great amounts of wealth by promoting this global warming/climate change theory. He’s like a car salesman pitching his best offer and liberals buy it hook line and sinker. There are 2 realities I’d like to point out.

      1 The sun will blow up or burn out and someday and we will all die.
      2 The scientific method includes a constant.

      When we attempt to measure climate change we have nothing to compare the earth to as it would have been, undisturbed by man. We can talk about crazy exotic chemicals and compounds in the atmosphere but we will never know for a fact that the earth wouldn’t have “warmed” anyway without the help of man. The temperature has been fluctuating since the beginning of time. If you want to give Al Gore your money that’s not my problem. Its a free country.

  • gooners

    What Gore wrote:
    “increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming”

    What Watts pretends Gore wrote:
    “these snowstorms were caused by global warming”


  • thephranc

    Those 2010 numbers look a little high.

    • r37890

      And the 2009 numbers look a little low. So what’s your point? That the average temperature varies from year to year? Imagine that.

  • mdiavaro99ro

    Oh, 10-20 years ago there was a lot of snow falling and it was “normal”. The the “drought” came (aka less snow falling) and it became “normal”. Now there’s more snow falling again and it’s “not normal”: yet wait a couple of years and it will become “normal”. 😀 It kind of makes one think of gay status…………..

    I wonder if anyone can actually follow it LOL LOL LOL

  • Ursus Indomitus

    It’s TRUE! Global Warming in my freezer makes ice cubes!