Global Warming. It’s just that. Global. Ask Bill Nye.
December 29, 2010
Latest image from the Physical Science Division of NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab.
You are looking down at the north pole. Note the temp scale, which is a scale of ANOMALIES, meaning, is it WARMER THAN or COLDER THAN the same day in an “average year”, defined as the average from 1968 to 1996. It’s clear that, while the eastern US and parts of Eurasia are cold, the Arctic continues warm. The anomalies are not as strong as a week ago, but still unmistakeable.
The pattern is like having the refrigerator door open, cold air pours out of the arctic, and the fridge warms as milder air is drawn in.
The Denialists are of course making the best they can of this, just as they did last year, when a similar situation applied.
Rachel Maddow assessed the situation then, with a video that still largely applies this year – interviewing everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye.
Since I’ve been getting steady inquiries on what’s up with the cold weather in the UK and Eastern US, here are the relevant posts in order: