Saturday morning I woke up, got the coffee going and turned on the TV to check out the morning’s Premiere League soccer match. That’s how I do Saturdays this time of year, to the point that it doesn’t even feel like Saturday has started until I’ve gotten a look at the “beautiful game in stunning high definition,” as that Sylvania ad that runs every five minutes calls it. And this past Saturday, I was especially up for the Arsenal vs. Stoke City matchup. Arsenal, the only team that matters as far as I’m concerned, was coming off an annoying and unlucky road loss to Manchester United. That loss had let Man U leapfrog the Gunners to take first place, but a win at home over Stoke could right the world. So I was ready to watch the Gunners fire off, and the Fox Soccer Channel had that match on the bill.
Mother Nature had other ideas, though, and the Arsenal vs Stoke match was canceled due to snow. A blizzard had slammed the UK, burying much of the country and canceling Premiere League matches all over the place. The statement from Arsenal’s front office summarized the scene nicely.
“[Due] to a huge deluge of snow in north London starting over Emirates Stadium at 11.38am, the match referee Lee Mason made the decision at 12.07pm to postpone today’s match.”
“Approximately three inches of snow fell over this half hour period and there continues to be heavy snowfall with no apparent let up.”
Not only was this winter storm unexpected, it was supposed to be impossible. As Ed Driscoll noted, over the past several years mild winters have brought out the global warming crowd to tell us that snow in the UK is a thing of the past. Take this sample of climate journalism from March 2000.
[T]he warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
Until this past week or so, when snow buried the country and wiped out the soccer schedule, simultaneously disappointing and delighting kids all over the UK no doubt. Oops.
But the onset of what most of us call “weather” hasn’t deterred the anthropic global warming crowd. George Monbiot, the global warming alarmist so constantly alarmed he might as well change his name to “moonbat,” is out in the Guardian arguing that, yes, the return of snow is also a symptom of global warming, now rebranded “climate change.”
There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the last two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere. With the help of the severe weather analyst John Mason and the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, I’ve been through as much of the scientific literature as I can lay hands on (see my website for the references). Here’s what seems to be happening.
The global temperature maps published by Nasa present a striking picture. Last month’s shows a deep blue splodge over Iceland, Spitsbergen, Scandanavia and the UK, and another over the western US and eastern Pacific. Temperatures in these regions were between 0.5C and 4C colder than the November average from 1951 and 1980. But on either side of these cool blue pools are raging fires of orange, red and maroon: the temperatures in western Greenland, northern Canada and Siberia were between 2C and 10C higher than usual. Nasa’s Arctic oscillations map for 3-10 December shows that parts of Baffin Island and central Greenland were 15C warmer than the average for 2002-9. There was a similar pattern last winter. These anomalies appear to be connected.
And so forth and so on. No snow=global warming. Snow=global warming. Heads the alarmists win, tales the rest of us lose.