Lies, Damn Lies, and National Review (Part III)

Deroy Murdock writes about the snow that has been falling in North America (not Vancouver, though!) and Europe in the past three months:

Forty-nine of these 50 United States simultaneously laughed at “global warming.” Absent Hawaii, every state in the Union had measurable snow on Saturday, February 13. An average eight inches covered 68.1 percent of the continental U.S., well above January’s more typical 51.2 percent. Mobile, Ala., saw its first snow in twelve years. Shreveport, La., got 5.4 inches. Dallas residents coped with 12.5 inches of snow — a one-day record.

Florida’s unusually cold coastal waters (in the 40s, in some places) have killed a record 280 manatees through February 12. As CNN reports, manatees like it above 68 degrees. Some now warm themselves in the 78-degree discharge of a Tampa Electric Company power plant.
February 12’s storm followed a Nor’easter that shuttered Washington, D.C.’s federal offices for four days. Through February 14, this winter’s 55.9 inches of snow smothered Washington’s previous record, 54.4 inches, from winter 1898–1899.

How about last month?

“In Europe, snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures severely disrupted air, rail, and road transport,” the U.S. National Ice Center’s Sean R. Helfrich concluded January 12. “The snow events impacted hundreds of millions of people world-wide, with a number of weather-related deaths reported.”

Meanwhile, December’s snow cover was North America’s greatest, and the Northern Hemisphere’s second greatest, in the 44 years measured.

Warmists correctly retort that three frigid months establish no pattern.

If Deroy Murdock had talked to a “warmist,” however, he might have found out that, far from being “frigid,” last month was the hottest January on record according to global satellite measurements (the record goes back 32 years), and the fourth warmest since 1880 according to surface measurements.

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3 thoughts on “Lies, Damn Lies, and National Review (Part III)

  1. I admire your effort to point out an error in his argument, however, someone like Deroy Murdock will always pick the results/stats that suits his case. And if there are no such results I’m sure he would find them anyway. In this case he used the very convincing argument “snow => colder than usual”.

  2. I don’t have the reference, but in fact global warming predicts *more* snowfall (at least in certain latitudes) due to an increase of moisture in the air.

  3. This is an extreme El Nino year in Pacific currents which has a far bigger effect on local climate in the US and southern Canada than anything to do with climate change (though that may have intensified the effects). Yeah, the eastern US has had a snowier winter as a result but Seattle has had record warm weather (>100 years of record keeping). The Olympics in Vancouver have had to deal with similarly warm weather.

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