January 12, 2010
If this article about predictions from one of the world's most respected climate scientists (yes, I giggled, too) is correct, it's about to get cooler. For the next thirty years or so (with my emphasis):
The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSICD) agrees that the cold temperatures are unusual, and that the world's oceans may play a part in temperatures on land.
"Has ocean variability contributed to variations in surface temperature? Absolutely, no one's denying that," said Mark Serreze, senior research scientist with NSIDC. But the Center disagrees with Latif's conclusions, instead arguing that the cold snap is still another sign of global warming.
Ah, yes. So a thirty-year-long cold snap, or "little ice age" is, well, you get the idea.
Oh, and check this out:
Many parts of the world have been suffering through record-setting snowfalls and arctic temperatures. The Midwest saw wind chills as low as 49 degrees below zero last week, while Europe saw snows so heavy that Eurostar train service and air travel were canceled across much of the continent. In Asia, Beijing was hit by its heaviest snowfall in 60 years.
And as for the cold weather?
"This is just the roll of the dice, the natural variability inherent to the system," explained Serreze.
Uhhhhhhh...I'm no respected climate scientist who gets to fly all over the world to lavish conferences about global warming on private jets, but the whole "natural variability" thing might be something you might want to focus on. Like how the planet's climate kind of, oh, I don't know, naturally varies between hot and cold over the years. Without our help. Maybe.
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