In several of our blogs we have noted that weather masks climate change.
After last winter, the inhabitants of North Eastern North America (particularly residents in the Provinces of New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador) will be sceptical of claims about global warming. The last three months will remind them of tales told by their grandparents about the rough winters of many decades ago. They might conclude: the climate is always changing but is not getting any warmer.
No sense pointing out how climate is the average weather over decades, and that the weather experience of three months does not demonstrate anything.
No sense talking at length about the polar vortex – that point has been made many times by many institutions better informed than 4RG.
It would surprise them to be told that the last three months confirm certain conclusions about global warming. As the atmosphere warms, it can hold more water vapour. This means heavier and more frequent storms. And YES, that includes snow storms just like the ones they recently experienced.
Only more extreme – which is again what climatologists have been telling us.
Go back and look at the image that introduced this blog. It is provided by NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Association. These people have to know what they are talking about: too much depends on their advice.
See that little patch of blue on the right-hand-side of the North American Continent? That’s where the snow fell. See the red/orange for most of the continent? That’s where the temperature was above average.
NASA explains that the first three months of this year have been the hottest three-month start of any year on record.
Any more questions?