I told you so! Writing at Watts Up With That, Ira Glickstein — excuse me, Doctor Glickstein as he conspicuously attached a Ph. D. to his user name — eagerly sleds right down the slippery slope I mentioned yesterday to conflate snow with evidence against global warming.
Inches of “Global Warming” Get Dumped on NASA/GISS HQ
If the forecasts hold up, New York City, home to NASA-Goddard Institute of Space Studies, will get up to a few inches of snow, unprecedented for October. Yes, I know “weather isn’t climate”, but every time there is a heat wave anywhere in the world, that weather event is put forth as “proof” of Global Warming …
Maybe the good doctor is joking around, just having a bit of fun, in which case I hope he reads my punchline below and smiles.
The global temperature record is what’s put forth as evidence of global warming. Heat waves could have a measurable effect on the global average, if they’re big enough and last long enough, the same is true for record cold spells. But here’s the thing, the temperature data making up the global average is not collected by rain or snow gauges, its collected — and this really should be obvious, Doctor — by thermometers.
Speaking of global temperature data it seems like only a few days ago Anthony Watts himself decreed that global warming skeptics don’t deny the warming trend. Oh wait …”The Earth is warmer than it was 100-150 years ago. But that was never in contention – it is a straw man argument.” — Anthony Watts 21 Oct 2011 … That was just a few days ago!
There are only two options here, I mean outside of the terribly remote possibility that one or both of these clowns is lying: either Doctor Glickstein didn’t mean to discredit global warming or the nation’s premier climate science organization with that headline and scare quotes, or he’s a magic talking scarecrow full of straw.