Tags: weather

"Satan called. He wants his weather back."

BiteSign photographed on in the middle of Main Street, in Bison, Kansas on July 23, 2011 during the record-breaking drought.
More intense precipitation means "When it rains, it pours"

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWhat does "more intense precipitation" mean? It means that, in the immortal words of the Morton Salt Company, "When it rains it pours."
Insurance companies don't care if you believe in AGW.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"Insurance companies don’t care if you believe in climate change or not: Your premiums are going up anyhow...home insurance premiums are going up across the board in response to the record number of tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards and other heavy weather that hit the country in 2011."—Dean Kuipe...
I can't tell you how old you'll be when you die, but . . .

BiteI can't tell you when you'll die, but I can tell you the average age of death of people your age. That's how life insurance companies they make money. That's the difference between weather and climate. Averages are predictable; individual events are not.
A warming planet doesn't get rid of winter

Bite"People across the northern hemisphere are facing the fact that a warming planet doesn't get rid of winter ... now is a good time to remind ourselves that weather, like death and taxes, will always be with us." — Robert Henson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
When in doubt, ask... your insurance company!

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite“The prospect of extreme climate change and its potentially devastating economic and social consequences are of great concern to the insurance industry.” — Kyoto Statement of The Geneva Association, 29th May, 2009
You have to watch many waves before you can see the tide.

BiteWhen you first arrive at the beach can you tell whether the tide is going in or out? No, not quickly: it would perhaps take you fifteen minutes of wave-watching before you could say for certain. And who's to say that a sudden big wave wasn't caused by a passing ship? It takes time to see the trend...
Weather = like a coin flip.  Climate = 1000 flips

BiteWeather is like flipping a coin once. It is unpredictable. Climate is the average weather, measured over decades. It's like flipping a coin 1,000 times. The long term average is much more predictable.
Cold snap?   A dark night disproves lengthening days?

BiteDoes a winter cold snap disprove global warming? That's like saying in April, "Don't tell me the days are getting longer. Look how dark it is tonight!"

Wide short-term fluctuations can mask a slow, long-term trend. Global warming won't eliminate winter, any more than long summer...
'Tropic of Chaos'

BiteThe 'Tropic of Chaos'; the band encircling the middle of the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where already-destabilized nations are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Nice summer in Minnesota.  But I had to work both days!

BiteMinnesotans say: Last summer was nice, but I had to work both days!
Cold winter in Europe.   Did you check Siberia?

BiteCold winter in Europe, but warm in Siberia. So this disproves AGW? That's like saying: 'My keys were in my jacket, now they're not. That proves they're lost. (But have you checked your other coat? your pants?)
Temperature change is like walking the dog.

BiteWhen CC walks his dog, he moves in a straight line, but his dog, TC, tugs on the leash and wanders right and left. TC is Temperature Change (short term variance) and his owner, CC, is Climate Change (long term trend). Of course, they both arrive at the same destination.
Hurricanes are sexy, but there are worse threats

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"If we never have another tornado or hurricane, the increased threat of droughts, heat waves, floods and fires are enough for us to take action against climate change." - Scott Mandia
"...Like leaving the 'fridge door open."

BiteAs the Arctic warms, so the northern continents at higher latitudes experience cold winters with heavy snow falls. It's rather like the fridge door being left open: warm air goes in at the top as cold air falls out into the room.

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