WUWT: Why Didn’t the Bible Mention Blizzards?

February 26, 2014

Let me emphasize I would not know about this if someone had not pointed it out to me.
Posted the other day on the science denial blog Watts Up With That.

I won’t post a link. Find it yourself:

Which now brings me to the decisive point: while the proponents of the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) insist that the temperatures of the planet are set to rise in an accelerating mode that we won’t be able to control least we adopt drastic climate protecting measures a.s.a.p., we just learn that in the Sinai desert, a region to the south-west of Israel, four hikers have died in a blizzard. They lost their way and sadly froze to death in deep snow at temperatures well below the freezing point. Pictures in the internet show camels knee-deep in snowdrifts.

If one pieces together this information and biblical records, one might feel entitled to draw the conclusion that such a weather event hasn’t been observed in the region for several thousand years. Not exactly an indication of runaway temperatures, at least not a rush to the northern regions of the mercury scale. And this wasn’t a singular event. Over a prolonged time period and a wide area, the Middle East might have been experiencing its worst cold snap in several hundred if not thousand years.

This certainly does not harmonize with stories about runaway temperatures sizzling our planet. If the Bible is right, the CAGW theory seems to have hit some serious snag. Maybe it would be a good suggestion to tell these people to go back to the drawing boards and proceed to an in-depth makeover of their simulation software…

[Note: some commenters questioned why this essay was posted, I simply saw it as an interesting discussion of recorded historical events, something that scholars worldwide look to document. The Roman Warm Period is well known and also much studied, and it coincides with many writings in the Bible. Wikipedia says:

Theophrastus (371 – c. 287 BC) wrote that date trees could grow in Greece if planted, but could not set fruit there. This is the same situation as today, and suggests that southern Aegean mean summer temperatures in the fourth and fifth centuries BC were within a degree of modern temperatures. This and other literary fragments from the time confirm that the Greek climate during that period was basically the same as it was around 2000 AD. Dendrochronological evidence from wood found at theParthenon shows variability of climate in the fifth century BC resembling the modern pattern of variation.[3] Tree rings from Italy in the late third century BC indicate a period of mild conditions in the area at the time thatHannibal crossed the Alps with elephants.[4]

The phrase “Roman Warm Period” appears in a 1995 doctoral thesis.[5] It was popularized by an article published in Nature in 1999.

Anyone reading anything more into this posting, or thinking that I’m endorsing the idea that the bible “disproves global warming” should think again.  – Anthony]


54 Responses to “WUWT: Why Didn’t the Bible Mention Blizzards?”

  1. The real news story behind the post is: (- BS)

    At least three Egyptian hikers dead after blizzard hits Saint Catherine Monastery
    Ice storm traps eight Egyptian hikers near historic monastery in South Sinai, killing at least three; search continues Tuesday morning for last missing hiker.


  2. g2-b31f1590b0e74a6d1af4639162aa7f3f Says:

    Actually, the Bible has some relevant things to say about climate deniers. Proverbs 26:11 is particularly apt (it should remind folks of a particularly persistent troll here).

  3. Really? Well, we didn’t see that coming, now did we?

  4. In any case, I would lump climate change deniers in with the much reviled ‘destroyers of the Earth.’

  5. ppgood4us Says:

    I am confused by all of the posts about rabbits, camels knees, dung and even snow in the Sinai.
    If this snow is unprecedented in the last few thousand years ( debatable ) how does this disprove or even weaken the case for climate change?
    I thought this is what climate change was, a change in the expected/normal/ climate.

  6. Useless to claim “climate action” if we can’t even control the weather.
    Climate = weather over a period of at least 30 years.

    Now if you can’t predict the weather accurately over a period les than three days, how can you predict climate and tell us it will be smoking hot in the year 2100?

    What the discussion is about is if 395 ppm of CO2 is causing a thermogeddon, rising sea levels and dying polar bears.

    The answer is NO.

    From observation:
    The sea level is not rising, we have more Polar bears today than we had in the fifties and sixties of the past century and no, temperatures are not out of control.

    From Physics: 395 parts per million of Co2 has no measurable effect on global temperatures. Other influences like clouds have a much bigger effect.

    Just check the facts ans use the gray stuff between your ears.

    Now if you really want a discussion with people who have studied this stuff don’t call them deniers.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      you seem to be in denial.

    • uknowispeaksense Says:

      We’ve got a live one here. Jason, this is just for you. http://wp.me/a2fD5I-El

      • dumboldguy Says:

        After being chastised by Ray Duray for being “unkind”, I have been trying to curb my tendencies to “speak truth” to certain types, hence my “educational” approach to Jason’s “contribution”. Thank you for saying what I thought when I first read his “stuff”. (I hope you haven’t upset Ray, though)

        • In my experience being kind and civil toward deniers is a waste of time. One might as well expect that by being polite to a mob lawyer you’ll win him over to your view that his client is guilty. The trouble is, of course, that he already KNOWS the SOB is guilty, is arguing his innocence anyway, since it provides him with a very nice payday.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      WHOA!—-“seems to be in denial” is perhaps an understatement. And if Jason is one of those “people who have studied this stuff” and don’t want to be called deniers, perhaps he should study some REAL data rather than just parrot what appear to be talking points lifted from denier websites and blogs.

      Sea level is NOT rising? Says who? It has been steadily rising for some time now according to just about everyone who measures it..

      We have “more polar bears…”? Says who? We don’t have very good data on polar bear populations, and the point is really that their populations are going to plummet if current trends regarding warming and arctic sea ice continue. The deniers take weak population data and say “see?” and totally ignore the fact that polar bears are on a path to extinction.

      Temperatures are not out of control? Says who? What does that mean anyway—“out of control”? That’s rather unscientific.

      395 parts per million of Co2 has no measurable effect on global temperatures? Says who? How about 400 ppm?, because that’s the new high that we hit in 2013. Does Jason Know that CO2 level fluctuates over a 5 or 6 ppm annual range and has been going up nearly 2 ppm a year? Why do nearly all climate scientists seem to think CO2 DOES have an impact on global temperatures?

      Other influences like clouds have a much bigger effect. Says who? Again, that’s just another bald assertion based on opinion unless substantiated. And a “bigger effect” on what?

      Yes “Just check the facts and use the gray stuff between your ears” is EXCELLENT advice, Jason. Go check the facts and come back and talk to us. SkS (Skeptical Science) is a good place to start. If you don’t understand what you read there, come back and ask us for help.

    • From the style here I’m guessing a twenty-one year-old male college Republican, devotee of Rush Limbaugh and of course Anthony Watt. Am I far wrong?

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Sounds good. I think you should add that he is not a science major, and that he has not taken any science classes as “cultural electives” because “they’re boring and there’s too much math”. Jason? Tell us about yourself—how are we doing here?

    • MorinMoss Says:

      Not sure where you live but I’ve been getting accurate weather forecasts up to 10 days in advance for 15 years.

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