“Global Warming” Cancels Christmas for Many Travelers – Breaks Records

Hundreds of passengers spent the night sleeping in Dallas Fort Worth Airport near Dallas, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009 after a winter storm forced the cancellation of many flights from Dallas. The Star-Telegram  newspaper said Dallas-Fort Worth was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Hundreds of passengers spent the night sleeping in Dallas Fort Worth Airport near Dallas, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009 after a winter storm forced the cancellation of many flights from Dallas. The Star-Telegram newspaper said Dallas-Fort Worth was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

From the “weather is not climate” department, inconvenient travel:

Here’s a sample of headlines related to difficult if not impossible holiday travel:

Christmas Eve storm in central states creates travel misery (WaPo)
A slow-moving storm spread snow, sleet and rain across the nation’s midsection Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Oklahoma, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas. It cautioned that travel would be extremely dangerous in those areas through the weekend and that drivers should pack a winter survival kit.

Winter Storm Disrupts Holiday Travel (NYT)

“Snow will be falling at a rate that snow plows are not able to keep up with,” AccuWeather reported on its Web site, “while winds gusting past 40 miles per hour will cause severe blowing and drifting along with whiteout conditions.”

Heavy snowfall causes disruption across Europe (BBC)

Heavy snow and ice are causing disruption across a wide swathe of Europe. Flights have been delayed or cancelled at airports in Britain, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Power providers in south-east France say they have had to cut supplies to around two million people to avoid a massive regional blackout.

In Poland, nearly 60 people have died this December because of the weather.

Rare blizzard strikes West Texas

DALLAS — In much of the rolling plains of West Texas, a blizzard has never been recorded.

There has been one now.

The region west and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area saw blizzard-like conditions throughout the day Christmas Eve as up to 8 inches of snow fell in the region, according to the National Weather Service. Winds gusting at up to 65 mph drifted the snow as deep as 5 feet in some areas.

No blizzard warning had ever been issued for an area of Texas as far south as Interstate 20, said Jim Wingenroth, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in San Angelo.

Heavily traveled Interstate 20 between Cisco and Abilene was closed after six inches of snow fell in the area 130 miles west of Dallas, said Larry Smith, Brownwood area engineer for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Treetops glisten, but storm snarls Midwest holiday (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

The Star-Telegram said the Dallas-Fort Worth area was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years. While the area had a sprinkling of holiday snow in 2004 and 1997, the lasttime it experienced “a true, New England-style dose of snow on Christmas Day was Dec. 25, 1926,” the newspaper reported.

Some churches canceled Christmas Eve services, while others saw sharply lower attendance.

Oklahoma City had received 14 inches of snow by Thursday night, breaking a record set back in 1914 of 2.5 inches.


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110 thoughts on ““Global Warming” Cancels Christmas for Many Travelers – Breaks Records

  1. Heads up from Joe Bastardi European weather blog:

    WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN! SEVERE COLD LOOMING FOR MUCH OF EUROPE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE NEW YEAR!

    While we are in a bit of a break over the next week, a reload of excess cold is on the way for the first 2 weeks of the New Year, that will challenge the recent cold as far as how cold it was against the normals. Severe cold is likely to cause major hardship across much of the continent and when we stand back and look at this, we will say that our forecast at least caught the SPIRIT OF THE WINTER, if not the law.

  2. Merry Christmas everyone from the pacific Northwest where we are still waiting for a white christmas :) Medic 1532

  3. Mr. Cripwell:
    You have it wrong. Have you not read the memo?

    The snow is caused by “global warming”. Ya see, we started warming ohhh, around 12,000 years ago and it started snowing then.

  4. Waco, Texas had snow on Christmas Eve for the first time on record.

    per: The Weather Channel

  5. Joe Romm on Climate progress is loudly denying the blizzards. He denied the blizzard in copenhagen and Can’t cope with the days following paralysing europe.
    These are the very first days of winter. To all the global warmiong adherents. Welcome to cooling. Enjoy reality for a change.

    REPLY: One of his posts posed the theory that the snow was a “global warming type event”. -A

  6. Oklahoma City had received 14 inches of snow by Thursday night, breaking a record set back in 1914 of 2.5 inches.

    This was also a record for the most snow for any single day ever in Oklahoma City.

    Dallas got 3 inches yesterday. And most of the Northwest corner of Texas is covered in record snow.

  7. For some people this will be proof positive that CO2 is causing climate change – logic has been replaced with the new science of unfalsifiable hypotheses. Or to put it another way “whatever happens it is caused by fossil fuel burning – so we intend to tax fossil fuels”. They would still be saying this if the Mississippi was a glacier all the way to New Orleans.

  8. One may notice that many of these stories report new records in the 55 to 80 year time frame or “not seen in more than 50 years.” Similar statements go back to cool weather last summer. Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record.

  9. From Gold Butte, Montana to Tombstone, Arizona to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin there was record snow in the U.S.A.

  10. There have been some theories that warmer temperatures would increase snowfall in Greenland and Antarctica due to greater humidity. I haven’t heard any theories though that global warming would lead to the near record cold and snow which the US is seeing. Most of the reports have predicted warmer winters with decreasing snow.

    A few years ago The Guardian was predicting that England would become a Mediterranean climate.

    There is a reason why the theory was named “global warming.” It is supposed to be getting warmer.

  11. We are having our usual snow filled December etc. in the far North East next to Maine. I usually don’t have to shovel my roof off this early, but… Things change. Ice dams to cope with now, on the edge of my roof, causing water to back up towards the house under the shingles. However, all is not misery. I still have chestnuts – not over an open fire, which I don’t have anyway, but in the microwave.

    Romm also made some blistering comments (which I didn’t read other than for Revkin’s response to Romm, on Revkin’s opinion piece in the times) about the departing Andy Revkin from the NYtimes, so maybe Andy can’t have been that bad after all. I resisted making my own blistering comment after that, about Andy striving to learn some science at Pace, and report more about valid science than that peddled by the IPCC.
    Merry – apply politically correct noun here – to everyone!

  12. Juraj V. (07:58:56) :
    “Heads up from Joe Bastardi European weather blog:

    WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN! SEVERE COLD LOOMING FOR MUCH OF EUROPE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE NEW YEAR!”

    Piers Corbyn (WeatherAction, London) is saying the same thing.

  13. While I am at it: we need a new word for the English language: WIKI-WISE, to mean woefully misinformed, profoundly ignorant of the facts, believing only what one is told to believe. Shades of Orwell again.

  14. White Christmas in NE Oregon, we have 1/2 to 2″ in the area of La Grande,low stratus this am. Cold, in the upper teens and low 20 F. Chance of snow this weekend.BTW
    the NOAA extended last week said:”Above Normal temps, below normal precip.”
    Ok, I think they are wrong.
    Here’s the University webcam: http://www.eou.edu/webcam/

  15. Where is my Global Warming? I want it now!

    Just finished trying to get my truck out of the street where I had to leave it yesterday since the global warming was three feet in my drive way here in beautiful Oklahoma City.

  16. And here in Eastern Ontario there is little snow (though it was bitterly cold until yesterday, with -16 C overnight Monday, homogenised with Toronto that would make it only -10). Luck of the draw I guess.

  17. And Piers Corbyn is saying the same:
    WeatherAction forecast (issued Dec 2) for severe winter
    storms USA & Canada 19-31 Dec dramatically confirmed
    Notably dangerous warning for 28-30 Dec remains in force
    ● Likely worst hit to be: MidWest, Great Lakes, Central & NE USA
    ● Short range Met Maps now show developing Northerly blast 28 Dec
    but it will be more severe than standard meteorology expects

    Enjoy Global Warming Al Baby!!

  18. Pieter F (08:24:51) :

    One may notice that many of these stories report new records in the 55 to 80 year time frame or “not seen in more than 50 years.” Similar statements go back to cool weather last summer. Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record

    So is James Hansen telling us NASA GISS plans on tweeking the numbers?

  19. Here in the UK the Queen’s Christmas Day Speech mentioned not a word about ‘Global Warming’, despite talking about her attendance at the Commonwealth Meeting in the W.Indies which was all about AGW!!
    Maybe the Palace is getting the message.!

    Happy Christmas

  20. Interesting weather …

    From NOAA, there are no watches or warnings of any type for Buffalo today, but there is a Public Information Statement:

    At 7 am this morning… the Rochester Airport reported 1 inch of snow
    remaining on the ground. At the Buffalo Airport… a trace of snow
    was on the ground at 7 am.

    The official definition of a white Christmas is to have 1 inch or
    more of snow on the ground at 7 am. Therefore… officially Rochester
    has a white Christmas while Buffalo does not.

    And the rain should be starting within the hour.

  21. It is a little sad that nowadays we are compelled to view even weather reports with political prisms. Climate change indeed.

  22. Jim Cripwell wrote:

    I wonder if the term “global warming” will be a new name for snow.

    I’ve been using it that way for a year, particularly after last year’s big storm in Seattle.

    There’s now proof of Global Warming in Dallas!

  23. John in NZ (08:05:16) :

    It serves them right for having Xmas in winter.

    Indeed! Whoever picked Christmas Day did not even get the season right. Twas Spring, if i recall. Anyway, the purpose was to “Christianize” Saturnalia, a Roman pagan holiday. What ignorance or conceit to sacrifice the truth for a convenient lie!

    A minor irritant this time of year.

  24. Yep – “we got it good”.

    Visible satellite image showing snow cover in Texas and Oklahoma, 2009-12-25 10:30 AM CST

    As the tail end and last vestiges of the storm wound through North Central Texas about 10 PM last night I took a walk and it felt like ‘Arctic Winter’ conditions with snow and a cutting, fiercely blowing cold …

    Merry Christmas to all from the snow-encrusted D/FW (TX) area!
    .
    .
    .
    .
    (Note: There are a few clouds present in the midst of the snow field shown in the image above, but substantially the ‘white’ is due to snow covering the ground.)
    .

  25. Here the global warming of the last two weeks ( 2 feet of snow ) is turning in to global thawing. Should be nice with the frost we get after the weekend.

  26. Doesn’t anybody read history anymore? In the past these record winter blizzards in the Northern Hemisphere occurred during cold periods associated with low sunspot activity and/or the aftermath of large volcanos. (e.g.Tambora 1813, ?Rabaul 535, Pinatubo 1993). The hallmarks of the Sporer, Maunder and Dalton Minima was failure of the monsoons in the Orient and the cold, wet weather in Europe. In the US Great Plains and Intermountain West the double whammy of summer drouth and severe blizzards clustered around low sunspot activity 1798-1832 (Dalton minimum), 1860’s, 1890’s, 1910’s, 1930’s and most recently during the 1960’s and early 70’s when the media and alarmist scientists were screaming about a coming ice age. In the Intermountain West and Great Plains we are in our third year of shortened growing seasons and colder winters. How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?

  27. “Although severe, storms are not uncommon in the US during the winter months, says meteorologist Stav Danaos at the BBC Weather Centre.”
    And, In other stunningly-obvious news, storms are not uncommon during the Spring, Summer or Fall, either.

  28. Snow in London now disappearing after a week of snow and, more annoyingly, dangerous ice on pavements.

    Piers Corbyn of Weather Action plc indicates that, after a brief thaw in late December that significant blizzards will hit the UK in January.

    We await developments with interest…..

  29. “Merry Christmas everyone from the pacific Northwest where we are still waiting for a white christmas :) Medic 1532″

    To be fair though, Medic, we had about a foot on the ground last Christmas, at least in the Portland area, in what was our snowiest December on record. I actually had about 36” total last year, in the suburbs north of Portland.

    This month its all about the cold in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is on track to record it’s coldest month in 20 years. The official station had a low of 12 earlier this month ( for a west coast maritime climate such as ours, that’s cold!) and I hit a low of 4 during the same cold snap.

  30. It’s elementary dear friends. Global Warming is confined to the arctic where it is forcing the cold air south. Get used to it!
    Best of the season from south west Canada where Global Warming is presently confined to the mountain tops. Must be due to the carbon tax we pay here in BC

  31. Steve Goddard (08:30:01) :

    A few years ago The Guardian was predicting that England would become a Mediterranean climate.

    That would have been frightening, indeed – a Tropical Paradise. Yes, I remember that ~ “England would become ‘unrecognizeable'”, all of a sudden, too, for that term to make any sense. Imagine waking up there one morning surrounded by Palm Trees and Girls Gone Wild. Horrible!

  32. Douglas DC (08:47:45) :

    White Christmas in NE Oregon, we have 1/2 to 2″ in the area of La Grande,low stratus this am. Cold, in the upper teens and low 20 F. Chance of snow this weekend.BTW

    Right, same here about 75 road miles East of you. And since we here in NE Oregon have taken control of the 1200km. Grid Cell, the same thing must be happening at the Pacific beach.

  33. Snow is one thing -ice is something else entirely.

    Having had rain falling on frozen ground Sunday night, then snow on top, then some sun melting a bit off the top, everything re-freezing: that makes for most unpleasant conditions, especially for for pedestrians.

    Having the grass on the big playing fields in the parks still covered in ice means even the dogs are not keen to stay out for long.

    As for gritting pavements and footpaths – forget it! Local government hasn’t got the money or resources – after all, why plan ahead for an event the alarmists said wouldn’t happen any longer?

    All I can say is: ‘that’ll teach’em!’ (I hope!!)

  34. A friend called fron Sun Valley ID . Five degrees F , power out for the last twelve hours from Shoshone north . For some reason the alarm system in my townhouse has gone off , but the phones aren’t working either so he can’t call the security people .

  35. I read somewhere that this is called the “Gore Effect”. It’s Gods way (I don’t believe in God ….. well maybe) of telling the world that Al Gore is a liar.

  36. Thanks!

    The quiet Sun, the Copenhagen Conference, and the airport photo confirm God’s continuing sense of humor with the self-centered creatures living on the third ball of dirt from the Sun.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel

  37. Those “80-year records” are one more way the MSM slants the truth. Apparently they are speaking only of Christmas day. I recall snow in Dallas when returning from a Thanksgiving visit to Iowa around 1983-84. The fountain in our swimming pool was a popcicle when we got home.

    Cityrating.com says that Dallas has an annual average of 37 days below 32 degrees.

  38. Steve Goddard (08:30:01) :

    “There is a reason why the theory was named “global warming.” It is supposed to be getting warmer.”

    This is the reason that the “theory” was changed to “Climate Change.” ;)

  39. England’s climate is becoming like that of the Mediterranean, or at least southern France where it snowed last week.

  40. Kellogs Global Warming Flakes: The best way to start your day, with Total Global Cooling.
    It’s the whole Northern Hemisphere.
    We knew from the reports last summer from down under what was coming.
    Why didn’t they?

  41. John K. Sutherland (08:40:19) :

    “While I am at it: we need a new word for the English language: WIKI-WISE, to mean woefully misinformed, profoundly ignorant of the facts, believing only what one is told to believe. Shades of Orwell again.”

    “wiki-wise” added to Urban Dictionary…

  42. “Suzanne (09:40:49) :
    […]How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?”

    Exactly. I wonder what kinds of adjustment they are making right now to make their climate models fit again. Must be a terrible job.

  43. Prediction – GISS will still have a “hot spot” in Siberia………
    Merry Xmas from Adelaide, South Australia. A beautiful cloudless day of 25C yesterday for christmas day. A relatively cool December after a hotter than normal November here.

  44. J.Peden (09:53:06) :

    Steve Goddard (08:30:01) :

    “Imagine waking up there one morning surrounded by Palm Trees and Girls Gone Wild.”

    If I thought it would help I would start pumping CO2 into the atmosphere now. Unfortunately, the whole theory is absolute balderdash!

  45. If “Global Warming” actually means freezing my a** off in “sunny” California, then those climate dudes are spot on!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  46. Coming out of a fairly cold “warmest decade ever”, you cannot help but believe that the books could indeed be cooked.

  47. Suzanne (09:40:49) :

    History on this says that they won’t get it until they are up to their eyeballs in snow, ice, driving polar winds and ruined citrus crops.

  48. Richard (09:37:13) : Choose another handle mate – Richard x or Richard y – thats my handle. WUWT aint big enough for 2 Richard’s :)

    [Note: WordPress allows you to choose nicknames that appear in place of your screen name. ~dbs, mod]

  49. OMG ,,, we live in two worlds. This from the other one.

    “Right wing bullies Build-A-Bear into removing videos about manmade climate change”
    December 25, 2009

    http://climateprogress.org/2009/12/25/science-build-a-bear-remove-videos-about-manmade-climate-change/

    “The anti-science crowd is all for “teaching” our kids about dirty energy (see “Let’s Learn About Coal”: Industry front group distributes coloring book on the “advantages” of coal). But when it comes to climate science, their motto seems to be “We don’t need no education,” as Think Progress reports.
    Until recently, the Build-A-Bearville website (part of the Build-A-Bear Workshop) featured online videos telling children about manmade global warming and the dangers it holds for the North Pole. In the videos, little animals learn about the problem and teach Santa Claus about it. The right wing has been outraged over the antics of these bears and penguins. One conservative called for a boycott of Build-A-Bear, and another said the the videos amount to “indoctrination.” In response to this right-wing pressure, Build-A-Bear has taken down the educational videos. “

  50. [Note: WordPress allows you to choose nicknames that appear in place of your screen name. ~dbs, mod]
    Yeah but I’ve been using Richard now for a long time – so newcomers can change

  51. First time ever that the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Kansas City metro area. It’s a white Christmas. I don’t know how much snow we got–it’s 18 inches deep in some places and the grass sticks out in other spots. Wind is wild!

    Merry Christmas to all. Especially to Anthony and the moderators. You all are a wonderful voice of reason in a crazy world.

  52. And the average world temperature will no doubt by up again for December.

    And if so, what is the betting that all the ‘warm’ areas of the globe will be in the uninhabited regions yet again – so nobody can verify the fraud.

    .

  53. In other news, president Obama declared that he’s had enough of the global warming weather in the nation’s capital and flew to Hawaii with his family to escape the freezing effects of CO2-induced climate change.

  54. JonesII (09:00:08) :

    And Piers Corbyn is saying…

    It is uncanny how good he is at that. Now we’ll see on December 28–31 if the rest is right.

  55. Back2bat (09:28:02) :

    John in NZ (08:05:16) :

    It serves them right for having Xmas in winter.

    Indeed! Whoever picked Christmas Day did not even get the season right. Twas Spring, if i recall.

    Or maybe ~October.

    But the conception, or inception, whichever interpretation you take, would have been at this time. So Merry Christmas on December 25 anyway!

  56. I would prefer to give these cold fronts last names instead of first names like ‘gore’, ‘pachauri’ or ‘miliband’.

  57. My current greeting for assorted passersby and acquaintances: “So, enjoying the global warming?”

    Ah, such happy smiles and laughter, brightening so many people’s days. A true sign of “warming” indeed!

    And the way things look, I’ll be able to keep using it through April. Such joy!

  58. Modus Propagandi:

    The month of December will be ‘colder’ than x # of years until it is the middle of January, in which January will be ‘colder’ than x # of years and December will be the warmest in y # of years.

    Repeat until nauseated.

  59. Anthony and the Moderators, don’t give a damn about what is happening outside, just bask in the glow of our total regard for your efforts in bringing WUWT to us all.
    Many, many thanks and I wish you all strength and fortitude in the New Year. Keep up some of the most amazing work I have ever seen on the interwebby-thingy!

  60. Give it a few more months and the media will have rewritten history and all this freezing temperatures will be forgotten, true to the Orwellian society being built. Meanwhile the “official” temperatures will be adjusted and no evidence of a major cooling event will be seen for 2009. They may get away with it for now but if the global cooling continues for a few more years, I don’t think the public are that blind and stupid not to notice the corruption.

  61. What I don’t get is when we experience hot weather the MSM rolls out the usual AGW stories – yet with all of the freezing weather afflicting most of the global there is no mention of the fact this does not line up with the consensus view on AGW – go figure?

  62. This little ‘ol Texas boy ain’t built for global warming this cold. If this keeps up I’ll have to buy a snuggie.

    Merry Christmas y’all!

  63. Steam’s up!.
    …-

    “Steam train’s snow rescue ‘glory’

    Passengers were rescued by a steam locomotive after modern rail services were brought to a halt by the snowy conditions in south-east England.

    Trains between Ashford and Dover were suspended on Monday when cold weather disabled the electric rail.

    Some commuters at London Victoria faced lengthy delays until Tornado – Britain’s first mainline steam engine in 50 years – offered them a lift.

    They were taken home “in style”, said the Darlington-built engine’s owners.

    Train services in Kent were hit hard by the freezing conditions at the start of the week.”

    http://www.jacksnewswatch.com/2009/12/25/steam-trains-snow-rescue-glory/

  64. Back2bat (09:28:02) :

    Strictly speaking, moving Christmas to the 25th was a successful attempt to romanise the early christian faith, an effort that involved moving its major holy days to existing roman holy days in order to make it more comfortable for the roman people. Judging by what happens at Christmas, from presents to adorned “idols” to copious consumption of food and drink, not much has actually changed from the saturnalia feast but it’s very different from the pre-roman christianity.

  65. DirkH (10:35:17) :

    “Suzanne (09:40:49) :
    […]How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?”

    Exactly. I wonder what kinds of adjustment they are making right now to make their climate models fit again. Must be a terrible job.

    No. The TEAM does not tweak the models. They add Fudge Factors, Data ‘Adjustments’ and much more manipulative Tricks in a fruitless attempt to prove the unprovable.

  66. Thanks again to Anthony and his team
    – really helping to set the world straight.

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all!

  67. The big story here is that the Climate itself is the skeptic.
    The louder they blare their Global Warming tunes, the harder the Climate works against them.
    Gore was at the top of his form early this month, go figure what the results of that will be.

  68. Pieter F (08:24:51) :

    Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record

    Maybe you are not aware that this weather will be counted towards 2009. Next months could still be the warmest since..: fill in any number of years. Besides this cold snap in US and EU still hasn’t caused the average global temperature to drop below that of last year and is also still the second warmest of the last 10 years. Check: http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/
    I suppose higher than “normal” temperatures in the SH must be compensating for the low tempertaures temperatures in the NH.

  69. Flints (10:15:20) :

    > I read somewhere that this is called the “Gore Effect”. It’s Gods way (I don’t believe in God ….. well maybe) of telling the world that Al Gore is a liar.

    No, no – the Gore effect is when Al Gore goes someplace to give a speech and remarkably cold weather happens. The effect seems to be spreading, e.g. I was in Atlanta in late February/early March to see Jim Hansen talk and he left early to get to that protest in Washington. I stayed and my flight home got canceled by snow. Now Obama has picked up the curse.

    Either that or it’s getting colder and snowier in general.

    —-

    Richard (11:05:06) :

    > Richard (09:37:13) :
    > WUWT aint big enough for 2 Richard’s :)

    Use your full name. WUWT is big enough for two Richards, heck, there are two Rics. This isn’t your father’s WUWT any more!

  70. JonesII (09:00:08) :

    Forecast this weekend/next week for a series of Pacific storms to hit the West Coast, wherepon they will march eastwards and finish the job of burying what is presently half-buried.

  71. Hmm, I live in Nova Scotia, East coast of Canada and we had a bunch of snow about a week ago, but it has since rained and mostly melted. There is a bit of frozen snow here and there, and some snowbanks from where the plows pushed it all, but definately not a “White Christmas”. Don’t know why it shows it as white on that map… but it is chilly that’s for sure.

  72. “Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record.”

    It will if he can help it. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  73. Remember, weather is not climate.

    With any luck, we’ll be back in a warming climate in twenty to thirty years. Without luck, the next ice age began in 1998.

  74. What is truly astonishing is the complete lack of public curiosity from Schmidt, Hansen, Alley, Mann, Jones, etc. about the causes of this. The last few years have seen some remarkable cold, snowy weather – and these “scientists” just seem to shut their eyes.

    That is what happens when ideology takes precedence over curiosity and the scientific method.

  75. You’re too kind.

    IMO this is what happens when despicable people in positions of influence go unchecked by the press and public at large.

    History if full of scoundrels allowed to perpertrate all sorts of offenses because the checks and balances of scrutiny were either over powered or willingly sacrificed by those who’s twisted and conflicted ideology saw benefit in the offenses.

  76. Al Gore must be furious, what has taken 10 years of his life, Obama managed to solve global warming in one week.

  77. I would like to be able to tell the two Richards apart.

    I suggest one of you be “Richard the Lionhearted” and the other be “Richard the Original.”

  78. Don’t worry, 2010 WILL be the warmest year in 100 years.

    Harry Read Me has solved the technical problems and can now “quality control” the data to show significant warming.

    Who are you going to believe; our honest UN Scientists, who want to save the globe and the women and children, or your lying eyes as you look out the window and the snow drifts.


  79. DCC (10:25:45) :

    Those “80-year records” are one more way the MSM slants the truth. Apparently they are speaking only of Christmas day. I recall snow in Dallas when returning from a Thanksgiving visit to Iowa around 1983-84.

    We’ve actually had quite a few ‘snows’ over the past +three decades that I have lived here; toss in a few doozys termed “ice storms” and the number of winter wx events goes even higher.
    .
    .


  80. Pieter F (08:24:51) :

    One may notice that many of these stories report new records in the 55 to 80 year time frame or “not seen in more than 50 years.” Similar statements go back to cool weather last summer. Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record.

    Hansen’s statement sounds more like a promise than a prediction. With climategate going on, I wonder if it’s a promise he can keep without getting caught.

  81. I’ll take what’s lying outside my back door, and leave the lying to the X-box global climate HAL.
    Everybody knows that computer games are programmed to cheat.

  82. Steve Goddard (15:46:15) :

    What is truly astonishing is the complete lack of public curiosity from Schmidt, Hansen, Alley, Mann, Jones, etc. about the causes of this.

    I don’t think they ever had any curiosity. Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near to this far along. It resembles the state a lot of other people seem to have achieved in this Postmodern era – near total lunacy in response to Reality. Well, at least Obama “stopped torture”, that is, unless you are sane.

  83. I watched Sherlock Holmes on Friday. One of the best lines was “When one has a preconceived notion of the outcome, he looks for evidence to support his idea rather than paying attention to what is actually happening.”

    Sounds like an apt description of team Climategate.

  84. Two things we need to remember:

    1. If it has todo with climate, it is caused by global warming.

    2. Record highs are proof positive of global warming. Record lows are local weather phenomena caused by global warming.

  85. manfredkintop (11:15:49) :

    “I wonder how the AGW crowd will spin this weather bomb.”

    Pachauri will pronounce it a consequence of the “stolen/hacked” emails which were not “peer reviewed” – and, no doubt, will add that if more people ate less meat* this would never have happened.

    *”18. Pachauri said we could all demonstrate our commitment to Saving The Planet by eating less meat.” [Lord Monckton reporting on Pachauri’s Copenhagen address]

  86. Steve Goddard (21:16:38):

    I watched Sherlock Holmes on Friday. One of the best lines was “When one has a preconceived notion of the outcome, he looks for evidence to support his idea rather than paying attention to what is actually happening.”

    Here is one from the horse’s mouth :-O
    “Modellers have an inbuilt bias towards forced climate change because the causes and effect are clear.”
    “General circulation modelling of Holocene climate variability”,
    by Gavin Schmidt, Drew Shindell, Ron Miller, Michael Mann and David Rind,
    published in Quaternary Science Review in 2004.)

    http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/shared/articles/Schmidtetal-QSR04.pdf

  87. As someone who was stuck at Milan airport, trying to get back to the UK I can vouchsafe that this global warming sure is cold.

    Of course I realise that this is only weather – it’s only an indicator of climate change when it’s oddly warm ;o)

    Cheers

    Mark

  88. “When one has a preconceived notion of the outcome, he looks for evidence to support his idea rather than paying attention to what is actually happening.”

    Initially using the third person pronoun then switching to the second person.
    If ONE starts with”one” ONE must stay with ONE and not switch to “he”

    Pedantic, I know, but it does jar to encounter such an error upon reading.

  89. Perhaps, in the spirit of this New Winter Reality, Anthony could do a brief posting on the different kinds of ice / snow events. I was watching TWC talk about the Blizzard of 09 and they had “Ice Storm” advisories for some areas and “Freezing Rain” for others with “Freeze warnings” and “Blizzard Warnings” and… They all sound sort of the same to me (cold, miserable, stay by the fire), yet they clearly had some important distinction to the presenter.

    So maybe, for those of us afflicted with a perpetual lack of anything worse than “light frost”, you could do a brief run down of “What the heck are these things and what makes one different from another?”. Somehow I suspect we’re going to be using those phrases a lot more than in the prior 30 years… (Maybe even cover “rime ice” vs heavy frost too?)

    FWIW, we had ‘heavy frost’ Christmas morning in the Silicon Valley area. Somewhat early for that kind of frost. Wonder what it does to total GHG concentration when all that water vapor freezes out… It would be interesting to see a chart of total IR absorption as a function of water vapor plus CO2 as the temp drops from 110 F 100% humidity to -20 F. Has anyone ever put a sample atmosphere in a box and shone an IR light through it, then plunged the temp to OMG cold? Could be an easy and fun experiment…

  90. Suzanne (09:40:49) : How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?

    Science advances when ‘the old guard’ dies off. I’d give it about 20 more years… It is a cruel irony that a ‘generation’ is about 30 years, and so it matches (roughly) the length of a cold or warm phase of the PDO … Makes me wonder if we are in a social oscillator of some kind.

    Stephen Brown (11:21:31) : Initially using the third person pronoun then switching to the second person. If ONE starts with”one” ONE must stay with ONE and not switch to “he”

    Though, oddly, one can switch to the third person non-gender numberless ‘they’. As in:

    “When one has a preconceived notion of the outcome, they look for evidence to support their idea rather than paying attention to what is actually happening.”

    Pedantic, I know, but it does jar to encounter such an error upon reading.

    Even more pedantic, I know, but it also jars the ear to hear too many “ones” in a sentence (being heard us ‘upper crust affectation’ to American ears, so it’s nice if one has an alternative…) BTW, you can also use “they” as the non-gender singular. We don’t need any “te” and “tis” or “s/he” or any of the other horrid creations. “My cousin is in town.” can be answered with “Do they like beer?”

  91. John K. Sutherland (08:40:19) : While I am at it: we need a new word for the English language: WIKI-WISE, to mean woefully misinformed, profoundly ignorant of the facts, believing only what one is told to believe. Shades of Orwell again.

    Well…. “wiki” does mean “fast” and English is a Germanic based language, and in German “fast” means “almost” so in a very real sense, Wikipedia means ‘almost’ encylcopedia … or maybe “a little off” … So just remember that when you hear ‘wiki’… it is “almost”, and then things make much more sense. They just do everything a bit too ‘fast’…

  92. December will absolutely be be one of the first ten December’s of the new millennium.

    /sarc off

    Meanwhile, in Australia, the remnants of Cyclone Laurence brings rain to drought affected farms and washes out Christmas barbecues. Indeed “its worse than we expected”. (need I add … in an El Nino year?)

  93. Lets send all this snow to Hawaii where Obama is vacationing so he can have a ‘White” christmas

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