You can’t deny it’s cold outside in Washington, DC today — any more than you can deny the planet is unequivocally warming and humans are probably the cause of most of that warming, can you? I mean, the fact that it’s cold in early January isn’t news. It’s the friggin’ winter!
Oh wait, you say we’re setting records for cold over parts of the country. But if you accept the temperature station data going back over a century that says we’re setting records for cold over a small part of the globe over a short period of time, then you have to accept this very same data over the entire globe over a long period of time, no?
Yes, the 2000s were the hottest decade in the temperature record by far, though this decade is all but certain to surpass it easily (see here).
Barring a last-minute cancellation, I’ll be on FoxNews with Neil Cavuto at around 4:20 pm ET to talk about the weather and the climate. There’s never a bad time to talk about climate science and human-caused global warming, is there?
Anyway, here’s what most of the globe is doing right now, temperature-wise, according to NOAA:
Yes, it’s anomalously hot in many places, most importantly in the tropical Pacific (see Australian weather bureau: “Central Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are now at their warmest level since the of 1997-98″³).
And unless this El Ni±o ends unexpectedly soon, it is more likely than not to augment the inexorable march of human-caused global warming and make 2010 the hottest year on record (see “Hansen predicts better than 50% chance 2010 will set new record” and UK Met Office: Global warming plus El Ni±o means it’s “more likely than not that 2010 will be the warmest year in the instrumental record”).
For the record, the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) reported in November “Record high temperatures far outpace record lows across U.S.“:
Still, it’s unequivocally cold outside (some places). Enjoy it while you can, because if the anti-science, cold-weather-means-the-climate-ain’t-warming crowd keeps blocking action, then here’s how things are likely to end up (see Our hellish future: Definitive NOAA-led report on U.S. climate impacts warns of scorching 9 to 11°F warming over most of inland U.S. by 2090 with Kansas above 90°F some 120 days a year “” and that isn’t the worst case, it’s business as usual!):
See also Skeptical Science’s “It’s freaking cold!“