Comment 97416

By NoSugarAdded (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 13:13:11 in reply to Comment 97399

From a USA Today article 30 January 2014 "Baby, it's cold outside, but globe is warming: Our view"

Weather isn't climate. Weather is what happens moment to moment in the atmosphere; climate is the long-term average of weather over time in particular places. As an adage puts it, climate is what you expect, and weather is what you get. Global warming doesn't preclude cold snaps, even severe ones.

Local isn't global. This month's severe cold isn't affecting the whole planet, or even the whole USA. The same weather pattern that has funneled frigid air into Chicago and Minneapolis has brought unusual warmth to Alaska and severe drought to California. Even more to the point, the USA covers just 2% of Earth's surface. Australia had its hottest year on record last year and experienced temperatures this month as high as 118.

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