Weather is not Climate…

…except when it is.

The great thing about climate change belief, like many religious systems, is that everything proves it and nothing disproves it. When you have record cold somewhere, the climate change believer says a) that “weather is not climate” (in other words, this is just a statistical blip and doesn’t detract from the overall Big Picture of Global Warming) and b) this extreme cold is actually *proof* of… um… Climate Extremes which are but one more manifestation of Climate Change and Global Climate Disruption. In which case very cold winters are *not* merely “weather” but are, in fact, evidence of the Big Picture of Climate Change.

Similarly, of course, it goes without saying that when it gets hot in the summer, that’s not weather, that’s climate change and more proof that you are a fool if you question the “heads we win, tails you lose” arguments of the Climate Change Faith Community.

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  • Bill

    I read a blurb from AP about the hot weather. It was considered by them AGW was a fait accompli. The denier at the end got a tiny paragraph and said paragraph was prefaced by saying that “fifteen scientists” had already stated that global warming was real. Not healthy dissent but mere crack pottery per the AP.

    When Pravda is in high dudgeon then all ye abandon hope.

  • ivan_the_mad

    But you needn’t worry. Given indefinite amounts of money and authority for an indefinite period of time, the catastrophe can be averted!

  • Um, actually this heat wave is still weather. It’s not climate. If one wants to look for climate, one observes long term trends. Longer heat waves placed in months outlying from summer most years: that would be some serious climate change. I’m still hanging my hat on the hockey stick.

  • Will

    I admit, unlike some here (and on afternoon talk radio), that I do not know much about climate science. I prefer to listen to the vast majority of climate scientists, and not some of their words some purposefully twist.

    • ivan_the_mad

      “the vast majority of climate scientists” … How many climate scientists are there? And how many of them would need to agree to constitute a “vast majority”?

  • Ted Seeber

    Why is it that multidimensional mathematical set theory isn’t taught as a part of theology or journalism like it is taught in computer science?

    Weather and Climate are NOT EQUAL but they ARE RELATED. Weather is a subset of climate. Weather is what is happening right now, climate is the average of all of the weather that has happened back as long as we’ve been keeping records, and we’re finding out new ways to use archaeological evidence to extend that record beyond and back into the past all the time.

    Those news reports are weather. THIS is climate:

    • RobMcCune

      Why try thinking when you can equate poor quality science journalism with poor with poor science?

      • Ted Seeber

        The point is more understanding basic object orientation- and how it manifests itself in the God Created Universe and in the English Language. Well, that, and finally giving me a chance to post the link to OPB’s Oregon Field Guide story on glaciers.