“Hopefully, winter will come back,” says Tim Gayda, a leader of the Olympic organizing committee.
WARNING: This post contains the following brain-busting quote from a Vancouver Olympic official – “We really shattered the all-time [temperature] record,” he said. “It’s El Ni±o, and there’s something else that nobody understands at this point. It’s El Ni±o Plus.”
In one of the greatest coincidences in human history, Vancouver just blew out its monthly temperature records a mere three years after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said warming in the climate system is unequivocal:
January temperatures were the warmest on record and the trend is continuing this month, says Environment Canada meteorologist Matt McDonald, one of 30 forecasters working the Winter Games.
This year, the average temperature in January was 44.9 degrees, besting the previous warm record of 43.3 in 2006 and well above the historic average of 37.9 degrees, according to Environment Canada weather data.
McDonald says the mild temperatures are expected to continue, and rain “” not snow “” is expected for much of the week.
This is the first time in history that Erickson Air-Crane’s “specially fitted Sikorsky S-64 has been hired to make it snow,” USA Today reported this week. [The website Jalopnik is the source of the top picture and the headline.]
But no, we’re not going to calculate the carbon footprint of this effort. Why should we? It’s just a coincidence that it’s been so damn warm, right?
Everyone knows you can’t make a direct connection between carbon emissions and this January in Vancouver which is so damn warm it crushed the record set so long ago that toddlers can’t even remember it. It’s just a coincidence that we are now in the warmest winter globally in the satellite record.
It’s just like that chain-smoking guy who got lung cancer. The fact that he smoked two packs a day is a coincidence. You can’t prove it — so keep smoking, already. Sure the statistics show the warming footprint — Record high temperatures far outpace record lows across U.S. — but individual events are just coincidence. I’m telling you.
BUT this type of purely coincidental extremely warm weather is completely consistent with the predictions of climate science. Indeed climate science says we are likely to see far, far worse, far, far more often. So that means those crazy folks in other countries who don’t believe it’s all just a coincidence feel obliged to maybe, possibly do some thinking about what it all means for the Winter Olympics, as AFP reports: