December 22nd, 2010
(Telegraph) – As Dan Hannan has noticed, the Moonbat has finally flipped.
Snow, he is trying to tell us in all earnestness, is another sign that Man Made Global Warming is definitely happening. Nothing to do with solar minima or El Nino and La Nina or any of that reality-based nonsense. No, sirree. It’s definitely, definitely still our fault because of all that evil plant-food our factories have been pumping into the atmosphere. Weather is not the same as climate. Etc.
Here are what some of George’s fans at Komment Macht Frei have to say about his latest post:
So even when you’re wrong you’re right? [It has had over 400 recommends, that one]
What will the cold be caused by next week George?
Thanks for keeping us up to date on The Daily Cause.
Sure, the cold tried to hide the Climategate evidence.
Sounds like a just-so story to me. Whatever happens, it is exactly what we would expect to happen under global warming. Hotter, colder, drier, wetter, sunnier, cloudier, windier, whatever.
George, what type of weather could people in Britain expect to see if global warming isn’t happening?
But, just for fun, let us try to take George’s argument seriously for a moment. George’s theory hangs on the claim that even though it’s jolly cold in Britain right now – and, even more amazingly, in Australia where it’s supposed to be summer at the moment – it’s actually shockingly, unseasonally warm in the Arctic.
The global temperature maps published by Nasa present a striking picture. Last month’s shows a deep blue splodge over Iceland, Spitsbergen, Scandanavia and the UK, and another over the western US and eastern Pacific. Temperatures in these regions were between 0.5C and 4C colder than the November average from 1951 and 1980. But on either side of these cool blue pools are raging fires of orange, red and maroon: the temperatures in western Greenland, northern Canada and Siberia were between 2C and 10C higher than usual. Nasa’s Arctic oscillations map for 3-10 December shows that parts of Baffin Island and central Greenland were 15C warmer than the average for 2002-9. There was a similar pattern last winter. These anomalies appear to be connected.
Ye-e-s. There’s just one problem with this. Can anyone spot what it is? That’s right: the clue is in that phrase “published by NASA”. See, going to NASA GISS for reliable, unbiased temperature data is a bit like asking Charles Manson for tips on how best to set up a commune where everyone’s happy and no one gets ritually murdered or anything. James Hansen, the guy in charge of NASA’s dataset, is so committed to the religion of AGW he makes Al Gore sound like Viscount Monckton. And as Watts Up With That explains in fuller detail, this has resulted in wildly inaccurate guesstimates of what those northern temperatures might really be. Here’s what Watts-y says:
Here’s that map, plotted with the defaults at GISS (same link as George provided), showing their world famous 1200km smoothed map, where data is “splodged” to places where there really isn’t any: