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Archive for December 4th, 2009

State of the Climate… and Weather 12/04/2009

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on December 4, 2009

OK, so in the past couple months, if I did not have time to do analysis and write it up I didn’t do anything. In order to maintain a little more activity, I’ll try to make sure I get a post in at least a couple times a week, if not more. Hopefully it’s not utter garbage, and I can find a way to captivate the attention of the reader.

I’d insert a sex joke here if this was not a family blog. Since it is, I’ll make fun of people instead. It’s the Christian thing to do…

Let’s start with a snowfall in Houston. This is weather, not climate. I get it. And yet…

Today’s daylong snowfall, the earliest in Houston’s history, is beginning to let up as the storm system that caused it moves eastward. Meanwhile, temperatures have fallen throughout the day and as of 3:30 p.m. were sitting at 35 degrees at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Factor in the wind and it felt more like the mid-20s.

The National Weather Service noted that it’s the first time Houston has had two consecutive years of measurable snow.

CLIMATEGATE ALERT: After observing the data and pictures of the Houston “snowfall,” Phil Jones has determined that it is really not snow at all, but instead it is “sublimated wator vapor of alien origin” and that the cooler temperature is a result of “residual ufo engine condensation acting as a propeller coolant.” This is Houston, people. It’s warm there and it’s getting warmer. Snow never happened. Fools.

Let’s move on the the experts, who have actually at least admitted to the fact that there were cooler temperatures in recent years. Rest assured, though, that we can still panic. Thank the good Lord in Heaven that all is not well. Funding and taxes may continue as planned.

Cooler temperatures in North America last year do not mean global warming is easing, government and academic scientists said Friday. Their report comes just days before President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen, Denmark, to speak at a United Nations conference on climate change.

Rising temperatures over decades have prompted scientific concern, and the last decade has been the hottest in thousands of years, according to climate records. However, the warming eased over North America last year, and groups seeking to deny climate change seized on that in an effort to challenge the idea of overall warming.

North America wasn’t as warm as expected because of cooler water in the North Pacific—a condition called La Nina—but the rest of the world continued to warm, researchers said Friday. The overall warming trend is expected to continue worldwide.

Yeah, um… actually it really didn’t continue to warm worldwide last year. I’m pretty sure I have seen some idiot present some charts somewhere that shows a declining short-term trend line around the different global regions. Let’s see… where might I have seen that? Well, maybe I imagined it. OK, I guess since I read it in the “paper” on the internet, and since it comes form experts and trusted government scientists or something, then I better believe it. We all know they’d never lie to us. Just stop it, people, with your conspiracy theories. Michael Mann will come after you with a hockey stick.

Somebody needs to tell Representative Issa that he’s a nutjob.

“The very integrity of the report that the Obama administration has predicated much of its climate change policy has been called into question and it is unconscionable that this administration and Congress is willing to abdicate responsibility of uncovering the truth to the United Nations,” explained Issa, the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Who does this guy think he is, causing all this ruckus and stuff and discrediting our public officials? They know best. In fact, they should decide everything we do and how we do it. They’re smarter, you see.

Well, at least the vaunted and well-respected Mainstream Media isn’t that dumb. Good for them, ignoring a news item on principle. We wouldn’t want to report the news and risk people getting the wrong idea, after all. Heroes, all of them. Especially that guy Keith Obermann. A real truth-teller, that guy.

For the fourteenth straight day, the three broadcast networks have failed to report on the great and growing ClimateGate scandal on their weekday morning or evening news programs. How to explain this?

Perhaps it is that ABC, NBC and CBS have not yet heard of the story, despite two weeks of non-stop reporting on and discussion of ClimateGate in a whole host of media outlets.


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