NASA Data Show ‘Polar Vortex’ Linked to Prior Frigid Winters

NASA Data Show ‘Polar Vortex’ Linked to Prior Frigid Winters
April 18, 2014

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)

Climate Change Weekly #125

NASA data show the “polar vortex” cold weather events this past winter also happened in the winters of 1935–36 and 1976–77. The findings destroy alarmist claims that human-induced global warming caused the exceptionally cold North American winter this year.

The frigid winter of 1976–77 occurred at the end of a 30-year global cooling period and the frigid winter of 1935–36 occurred while human greenhouse gas emissions were relatively minimal. During both prior winters, polar vortex patterns were very similar to the polar vortex pattern this past winter.

In its 2007 Third Assessment Report, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed there will be “warmer winters and fewer cold spells, because of climate change.” Nevertheless, prominent global warming alarmists responded to the exceptionally cold winter of 2013–14 by claiming global warming causes colder winters.

MORE INFORMATION: Not a Lot of People Know That


IN THIS ISSUE

Corals benefiting from rising CO2 and warmer water, studies show … Crops becoming more nutritious with rising CO2, studies show … Cherry blossoms bloomed a week late this year … Antarctic sea ice sets yet another record … Gore, fellow alarmists escalate venomous attacks against skeptics


CORALS BENEFITING FROM RISING CO2 AND WARMER WATER, STUDIES SHOW

More than a dozen peer-reviewed studies on corals, carbon dioxide, and warming temperatures show corals are thriving under global warming and will likely do so for the foreseeable future. The studies, summarized and explained in a paper published by CO2 Science and the Science and Public Policy Institute, debunk assertions that global warming and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are causing harmful ocean acidification.

MORE INFORMATION: Science and Public Policy Institute


CROPS BECOMING MORE NUTRITIOUS WITH RISING CO2, STUDIES SHOW

The nutritious content of agricultural crops is improving as a result of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, peer-reviewed studies show. A paper published by CO2 Science and the Science and Public Policy Institute summarizes more than 40 studies documenting the beneficial impact of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on the nutritious quality of agricultural crops.

MORE INFORMATION: Science and Public Policy Institute


CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOOMED A WEEK LATE THIS YEAR

The iconic cherry blossoms in Washington, DC finally reached peak bloom a full week later than the historical peak bloom average. “I think there’s a perception out there that they’re extremely late,” said National Cherry Blossom Festival president Diana Mayhew in the Washington Post. “Everyone’s anxious, sick of the cold weather,” she said.

MORE INFORMATION: Washington Post


ANTARCTIC SEA ICE SETS YET ANOTHER RECORD

Antarctic sea ice extent set another record this week, with April 17 Southern Hemisphere sea ice extent reaching its greatest extent ever recorded. Globally, polar sea ice extent remains well above the long-term average, as it has for most of the past 16 months.

MORE INFORMATION: Ice Age Now and Cryosphere Today


GORE, FELLOW ALARMISTS ESCALATE VENOMOUS ATTACKS AGAINST SKEPTICS

Global warming alarmists escalated their venomous attacks against global warming skeptics this week. Al Gore told an audience at the University of Hawaii that presenting evidence counter to his global warming claims is “immoral, unethical, and despicable.” Meanwhile, the leftist Internet magazine Grist published a lengthy article comparing global warming to slavery. “There is no international climate change movement comparable to abolitionism,” Grist lamented.

MORE INFORMATION: Honolulu Civil Beat and Grist

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)