Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGlobal Warming · 10 years ago

So is cold and record snowfall proof of global warming?


So basically any weather is evidence of global warming and any hint otherwise is a strawman argument

13 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    I just love the alarmist's responses. Using some kind of twisted logic they attempt to explain how hot = cold. Classic. They would stand in the mid day sun and tell you it’s dark out if it fit their agenda. Talk about denial! The AGW faithful are the real deniers - deniers of facts!

    And to answer your question, weather is never proof for or against AGW.

  • Noah H
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The snow part is the result of a mere 1/10 of a degree, but that 1/10 makes a difference. An air mass that 1/10 of a degree warmer will pick up a whale of a lot of extra moisture as it moves over a slightly warmer ocean. The result is a lot of heavy wet snow as it overruns a cold air mass. The results of a small amount of warming can be way out of proportion to that small amount of warming. Of course if it was just a one off snow storm that in itself would have no bearing on the situation, but coupled with several hundred scientific data points the 'storm' does illustrate the direction that the world's climate is moving. It's too bad that greenhouse gases can't be seen with the naked eye, that would put all of this denier BS to rest. The evidence is overwhelming. It's a real shame that the coal and oil mafias and the right wing radio dummies that stooge for them keep this denier business going. Those guys actions border on criminal behavior.

  • 10 years ago

    The only news there is that Inhofe has no clue what he is talking about. He should be looking at the real data that that shows that January and February have been the warmest ever recorded. If people just looked at the real science and stopped saying ignorant things, we would have news stories like this one.

    Globally January and February have been the warmest ever recorded. Each day as been warmer than the same day in 2009, by as much as half a degree. You might be in the middle of winter, but winter comes every year and this one is warmer than ever.

  • 10 years ago

    Has the world gone crazy, what are they teaching in school nowadays? Isn't science or developing one's mind. More like brainwashing. This record snow beat the great blizzard of 1922. Think about it as an observation of science, NOT weather.


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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Does warm air rise?

    Does water evaporate?

    Will that warmer air hold more water vapor?

    Will that water vapor fall as snow in the Winter?

  • 10 years ago

    No, it's not proof, but it sure does support global warming. Snow is precipitation, which is caused by evaporation, which is caused by heat. More heat = more snow and rain. Just because it's winter, and it's cold enough for it to snow, has nothing to do with the planet warming up... In fact this winter has been a warm winter...

    Alter Ego: It's not twisted logic. If you had any knowledge in atmospheric sciences you would know how storms are created. What do you think happens? These storms magically appear over land? They start in warm waters in the tropics, and with low pressure zones. This allows water to evaporate easier. Then they MOVE over a cold area, and turn into snow, and that's why you get snow. It all starts with heat and low pressure... Just because you don't understand this, doesn't make it twisted logic. It's actually very logical when you know how it works...

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Is this proof of global cooling?

    • Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through December tied with 2006 as the fifth warmest on record, at 0.56°C (1.01°F) above the 20th century average.

    • The 2000-2009 decade is the warmest on record, with an average global surface temperature of 0.54°C (0.96°F) above the 20th century average. This shattered the 1990s value of 0.36°C (0.65°F).

    • Ocean surface temperatures (through December) tied with 2002 and 2004 as the fourth warmest on record, at 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 20th century average.

    • Land surface temperatures through December tied with 2003 as the seventh warmest on record, at 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average.

  • 10 years ago

    No, and that's not what the article said. How desperate are you getting that you have to create these kinds of strawman arguments?

    Cold is proof of winter. Temperatures get below freezing in winter on the East coast. What the article is trying to teach you is that precipitation is not temperature. The only thing increased snow tells us during winter is that you've got increased precipitation, which is totally *consistent with* global warming. Not "proof of", but consistent with.

    We're also in the middle of the *warmest* winter on record on a *global* scale.

  • J S
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Increased snowfall in some areas isn't proof (one season is a weather event), but it's consistent with climate change. As this article explains, climate change results in more energetic storms containing more moisture, and if that moisture falls when the temperature is below 32 degrees Farenheit, it falls as snow, even thought your average temperature may be warmer (for example 32 instead of 30):

    Snowstorm: East Coast Blizzard Tied to Climate Change

    As the article also points out very clearly, "Colder air, by contrast, is drier; if we were in a truly vicious cold snap, like the one that occurred over much of the East Coast during parts of January, we would be unlikely to see heavy snowfall."

    So clearly this winter is most likely to be warmer, not colder than normal.

    Of course climatologists explain this over and over, so even politicians know this is evidence supporting climate change, but dishonest people with an agenda (as noted in the article) will manipulate the public with whatever tools are available (including the public's lack of understanding of "cold" vs. "more moisture is falling while it's still cold enough to snow").

  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Alarmists idiocy and hypocricy is on parade as demonstrated in the previous answers. On one side of their mouth they suggest that AGW will bring droughts but when it actually rains or snows very hard, instead of hanging their head in shame and admitting they were wrong, they suddenly declare that it can be blamed on humans after all. It shows they just how willing they are to stretch the truth and that truth and science aren't part of their agenda.

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