August 11, 2010
Today will conclude what will be our fourth heat wave this summer. Fittingly, it is also the day where I want to continue the mini-series about global warming that I began last week. Meteorologist John Coleman created this special for KUSI in San Diego, California and I feel it is a good representation of the facts surrounding this debate. For more information about this program and my blog series, click here.
The arguments about global warming become more and more absurd everyday. Obviously, because our corner of the world has had a hot summer, we must be dealing with global warming. It sure seems convenient to ignore stories like this one...need I say more? Okay, I will. I have even read that global warming alarmists, none bigger than Mr. Al Gore himself, have blamed the recent harsh winter on global warming. Are we serious? Have we just abandoned logic at this point? Mr. Gore's take can be found here. An even better, more reasonable and scientific response to Gore's article, is located here.
A new study by a team of scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory argues that global warming was not involved in the harsh storms last winter. Rather, the study finds the anomalous winter was primarily the result of convergence of an exceptionally strong El Nino and unusually strong negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). Isn't it interesting when actual science is used to understand why certain events occur? I think its fascinating. I have often blogged about how important the NAO is in determining what type of season we will have and its effect on climate cannot be ignored. I was happy to read about this particular study's findings.
Enough of my rambling. I want John Coleman's presentation to speak for itself. This is the next part in the special and I hope you enjoy his take. I will try and continue this series each Wednesday on the blog. I hope you come back and leave your comments. I would love to hear from you regarding this issue...please write me at email@example.com. Click on the link below to view the next part of Global Warming: The Other Side.