Minding Nemo: Jeff Masters on Snowstorms in a Warming World

February 13, 2013

I spent tuesday in Ann Arbor, at the regional Town Hall meeting to review the latest US Global Change Research program report on climate change impacts. More on that in later posts.

As I keep dropping in on meetings like this, I learn more and more that Woody Allen was right. 90 percent of life is showing up.
I bumped into Dr. Jeff Masters – which seemed right on script, because I needed a meteorological ninja to beat down the predictable flurry of climate deniers pumping the “it’s snowing outside, there can’t be climate change” meme. Short, sweet, and to the point.

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4 Responses to “Minding Nemo: Jeff Masters on Snowstorms in a Warming World”

  1. alexsisxela Says:

    Equally short, sweet and to the point… and also funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQlHaGhYoF0

  2. Alteredstory Says:

    One thing I’ve noticed in pursuit of my hobby of debating on Huffington Post is that very few of the habitual deniers are trying to pretend that snow disproves global warming these days.

    What I run into, instead, is the claim that “we’ve had snowstorms before”.

    Basically, the same argument they make in response to hurricanes, droughts, and so on.

    Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but it seems that the conversation, at least in some areas, seems to have shifted enough that the notion of a big snowstorm is not seen as inconsistant with global warming any more. Now they’re just trying to say that it’s not unusual, therefor it’s not caused by warming.

  3. David Abbey Says:

    I am not a scientist.  But I believe that Global Warming and Climate Change are not the same.  GW is what is a major cause of CC in my humble opinion.  Along with, of course PRECESSION.  (This is the tilting of Earth on it’s axis!)

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