From the Washington Post, here’s a very nice, very balanced article on the warm winter weather across the U.S. The warm weather is causing flowers to bloom in some areas, and there’s open water in areas that typically freeze long before the first of the year. It’s no exception here in southeast South Dakota, where we don’t have a trace of snow on the ground. I went birding around Lake Andes twice in the last week, and it’s amazing how much open water there still is. What’s even more amazing is that the last week has been so mild, that there was much more open water yesterday than there was a week ago. The birds are certainly loving it, as the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge currently holds very large numbers of geese and other waterfowl, with all the available open water.
As for the article…the writer seems to be going out of his way to explain that this is just one year’s weather, and that you can’t make any conclusions that this is related to climate change. That’s fine…very fair. But there are also some things the writer points to on longer-term trends. What I find almost more interesting than the article itself is the reaction it gets from people who comment. Last year, when it was a very snowy and cold winter across much of the U.S., climate change skeptics were hooting about the cold weather as being an indication that global warming isn’t happening. But now that we have an incredibly warm winter so far, skeptics commenting on this article are scoffing at any suggestion that there’s a link to climate change.
You can’t have it both ways, climate change
idiots skeptics. No, you can’t point to one warm winter and say that climate change is causing it. But, as this article points out, it’s the long-term trends that are troubling, such as indications of plants blooming much earlier now than they did 150 years ago. But hey, that’s just real, empirical evidence that climate change is occurring. Climate change skeptics aren’t interested in evidence, or science, for them it’s more a twisted ideology that’s somehow tied to politics.
But for now…if they can do it, so can I!!! IN YOUR FACE, climate change idiots!! I’ve been running around without a coat all week, in late December, in South Dakota!!