In the Midwest of the United States, wind chills plunged temperatures to minus 50 degrees. The Gulf Coast and Texas shuddered from brutal, freakish cold. Across Florida, freeze imperiled crops statewide, and the Palm Beach Post reported that “the 107-year-old record low for Jan. 7 in West Palm Beach has been broken, dropping to 37 degrees by 5:15 a.m. and it could fall further before the sun comes up.” AccuWeather, meanwhile, reported, “The last time severely low temperatures froze a large swath of the nation was in 1985.”
As in the U.S., so around the world. Blizzards blanketed Britain, paralyzing transportation and business infrastructure. And as the Guardian reported, “In Seoul [South Korea] a blizzard dumped more than 25cm of snow today — the heaviest snowfall since Korea began conducting meteorological surveys in 1937,” and “the punishing winter weather has brought transport chaos to China … and claimed at least 60 lives in northern and eastern India.” Yes, India, where the Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh states were plunged into deadly frigidity.
People freezing to death in India. That is a manifestly strange state of affairs and might be expected to call into question the whole “global warming” thing. Not so fast, say the true believers, who assure us that isolated weather events need not be indicative of long-term global trends. Never mind that these same climate cultists consistently use any summer storm or hot day as “proof” of their warming fantasies.
Our recent cold spell comes at the end of a decade-long trend which has seen global temperatures flatline from their peak in 1998 … or fall. That’s right, the Earth is not warming — and hasn’t been for the past twelve years. But don’t take my word for it. In one of the hacked emails constituting the Climategate scandal, Dr. Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, admits privately that he cannot explain the current cooler trends. “The fact is,” Trenberth writes, “we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”