The “Science Is Settled” pro-GW crowd keeps trying to regain lost ground amongst the myriad of scandals and winter weather that keeps being uncooperative.
The last few days, we have been subjected to numerous “weather is not climate” stories. Example here, and, from blog follower Geri, here. I won’t bother to list the other 151 articles that Google News says contain that phrase. Actually, they couldn’t be more wrong. Climate = weather.
Don’t believe me? I just pulled my trusty Oxford Dictionary of Current English off the shelf and found this definition: Climate: Prevailing weather conditions of an area. Not a technical enough source? Here is what the AMS’s Glossary of Meteorology says: Climate – the long-term manifestations of weather.
Of course, the ‘weather’ can be unusual and atypical of the climate of an area (i.e., the snow that accumulated in Florida last week), but that snow storm is still a part of Florida’s “climate.”
Besides, if climate is not “weather” what is it? A hat, or a brooch or a pterodactlyl?
(My apologies to the movie, “Airplane!”)
And, from the NPR interview: And Trenberth notes that you don’t need very cold temperatures to get big snow. In fact, when the mercury drops too low, it may be too cold to snow. Too cold to snow? Looks like Dr. Trenberth needs to read this blog!