It's way too cold for global warming to be real, right? | The Tylt
It's way too cold for global warming to be real, right?
Esquire reports the president, a known denier of science, tweeted global warming couldn't be real because it was so cold in the midwest. Well, he actually said "Global Waming" but that still seems like sound logic!
In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!
Scientists quickly pointed out there is a difference between "weather" and "climate." The president is talking about the "weather" and missing the much larger, much more important issue with the "climate." Per Forbes:
[E]ven schoolchildren know that weather isn't climate. But these extreme cold snaps have gotten more severe in recent years, due to a combination of global warming and a phenomenon you've likely heard of: the polar vortex. Here's the science of how it works, and why global warming is paradoxically playing a major role in today's record-low temperatures.
The polar vortex, which typically stays toward the Earth's pole, has been weakened over the last several decades by "sudden stratospheric warming." Warm land temperatures in North America and northern Eurasia caused heat to move towards the stratosphere in the Arctic, destabilizing the polar vortex. So, the cold is 100 percent related to global warming.
But Stephen Colbert tweeted global warming wasn't real!
....now that we read it again, it was probably a joke. Never mind.
While scientists agree climate change is a better description of the man-made issues plaguing our earth, President Trump needs only to look past the continental United States to find places that are really experiencing record heat. Per the New York Times:
In Chicago, officials warned about the risk of almost instant frostbite on what could be the city’s coldest day ever. Warming centers opened around the Midwest. And schools and universities closed throughout the region as rare polar winds streamed down from the Arctic.
At the same time, on the other side of the planet, wildfires raged in Australia’s record-breaking heat. Soaring air-conditioner use overloaded electrical grids and caused widespread power failures. The authorities slowed and canceled trams to save power. Labor leaders called for laws that would require businesses to close when temperatures reached hazardous levels: nearly 116 degrees Fahrenheit, as was the case last week in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
Oh wait, maybe it's actually not that dumb and it's happening. While the movie obviously dramatizes the speed with which climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet, the rest of the science is relatively sound.
[A] slowdown of the Gulf Stream System can make the consequences of sea-level rise for places like New York and Boston more dire. And a colder northern Atlantic paradoxically brings warmer air to Europe: in fact, a record European heat wave in 2015 has been linked to record cold Atlantic waters.
The scientific view of The Day After Tomorrow is still that it's absurd, but the latest science is also showing that the ideas and predictions underlying it were real, and they could soon make absurd-seeming weather extremes a little more commonplace.