15 January 2012

Global warming misprediction

A friend recently reminded me that back in 2008 Al Gore told a group of Germans, "the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years."  Five years later would be 2013.

The North 'polaried' cap is still there today where a week ago today this happened:

I don't think this is the inconvenient truth of which Mr. Gore tried so desparately to convince us.

And before you ask,  yes, this was a warm December, but, at least in Illinois, it was the 9th warmest December on record (record keeping began in 1895); that means that 8 Decembers were warmer than the December of 2011.  Hardly convincing evidence.


  1. Have you been up to the Arctic the past few years? I was at a glacier in Iceland where they had markers for the extent of glaciation going back decades, and the loss of ice over the past decade was staggering in its scope compared to what went before.

  2. That may be, but I don't buy the premise of the whole "man-made-climate-change-the-earth-is-dying" cry. The climate has always changed and fluctuated throughout history. We know the climate warmed in Europe considerably during the middle ages, and that turned out to be quite beneficial. We also know that some summers are warming than others and some winters are colder than others.

    I remember growing up in Quincy that it would not be uncommon to have at least three 6-inch snowfalls each winter. At the same, most every day in August reached into the upper 90s. Neither is the case today.

    It seems to me that, for the time being, we are experiencing what might be a climate milding. Man may be contributing to it a small way, but not a terribly significant one.

  3. I won't go into the science I don't know in detail, but you're talking about local and regional rather than global fluctuations. The "Medieval Warm Period" was matched by a cold period over Asia, when Baghdad once got 3 feet of snow

  4. Which proves precisely my point: these global climactic changes are nothing new.