Sunday, October 11, 2009

What Happened to Summer?; The Bad Science Behind Global Warming

We're now a few weeks into my second least favorite season, Fall, or as I like to call it, "The Season of Death." Plant life that sprouted in the Spring and blossomed in the Summer, now faces its Autumn demise. I find the approaching cooler weather and shorter days a depressing prelude to my least favorite season, Winter. Having spent much of my childhood on my grandfather's Southern Indiana farm stacking hay on wagons in the blazing July and August sun, or in a hay mow where the temperature approached 120 degrees, the 90 degree, humid days common with Indiana summers never bothered me in the least. I enjoy hot weather.

The Summer of 2009 certainly seemed oddly cool. Turns out my instincts were right. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Summer of 2009 was the 34th coolest on record since record-keeping began in 1895. Here in Indianapolis, we had the second coolest July in the 109 years of record-keeping.

It's fun to cite this data to poke fun at global warming zealots. While it is bad science to use one year to gauge long-term climate change, certainly those who favor the global warming theory would be the first to jump on an unusually hot summer as proof of their theory.

The temperature of our 4.5 billion year old planet has always zigged and zagged, up and down, between long-term shifts in the weather. These short-term zigs and zags last hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. Those who advocate the global warming theory always focus on the just the last 114 years of record keeping and then extrapolate out the data assuming the upward zig of this 114 year period will continue to increase until we have a planetary catastrophe.

It is bad science to only look at just that 114 year zig. We need to look at all the climate data, not just that of the past century plus. Climatologists can now ascertain the temperatures pre-1895 with great accuracy, so why ignore that data? The only reason is that it calls into question the politically-correct conclusion that man-made global warming is careening out of control and dooming the future of our planet.

Of course there is also that nagging presumption, everyone seems to take for granted, that today's temperature is the ideal, and that to have a warmer planet would be a bad thing. The planet has been warmer and cooler than today. The fortunes of man has always done better with a warmer planet. History has repeatedly showed that times when global disease and starvation have flourished during periods of time when temperatures have dropped.

Here's hoping that Fall and Winter are short, and that Spring comes as soon as possible.

1 comment:

Downtown Indy said...

My theory is we've had many centuries of Man severely depressing the earth's average temperature with his careless actions.

Yes, that's right. We've had centuries of Global Cooling - without a single lament from any environmentalist.

It's time we return Greenland to its former greenness.