Skeptics seize upon cold winter

Climate change skeptics, including the communications director for the Republican minority in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, have seized upon  the unusually cold winter in North America as evidence that global warming is not really happening.  There is no doubt that this year’s La Niña has led to cooler winter weather over North America than we have seen for the past decade (see figure from NYT: 1980-2008 trend), but even this cooler weather is above the 1960-1990 monthly winter average.

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1 Response to “Skeptics seize upon cold winter”


  1. 1 Dan Dale May 25, 2008 at 1:40 am

    In looking at the weather in any single year, it is important to
    keep in mind that story of the statistician who drowned while trying
    to wade across a river that had an average depth of two feet.


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