It is interesting that most deniers seem to live in warm climates.
They cannot conceive of the possibility that unusually heavy winter snow is connected with less than usual winter cold in cold zones, something that pretty much all of us who grew up in frigid zones understand perfectly well. They are so confused that they find this perfectly ordinary fact of mundane reality grounds for mockery.
It’s quite a spectacle.
(Igloos in DC are another matter. A rare snow event in a non-snowy zone is not evidence of a warming trend. Of course, there’s more to climate disruption than just warming, but at least they are making some semblance of sense in that case, at least polemically, as the relationship is a bit complicated.)
But to mock a connection between heavy snow in February in Moscow and global warming is pretty much clueless.
Most deniers don’t seem to have a clue about snowy climates. Is this purely cultural, or is there an environmental influence as well?
Perhaps those of us for whom the boundary between winter and the other seasons is sharply defined have a more visceral sense of the accelerating pace of climate change than those of us who don’t really have an icy season.
But Watts is supposed to be a meteorologist. I can’t understand why anybody takes him seriously.
Watts replies, utterly missing the point. As I just said in comments:
I’m just saying anomalous snow isn’t always evidence of anomalous cold. Period.
In particulr[sic], excessive midwinter snow in the frigid zone is more likely associated with anomalous warmth than anomalous coolness. Period.
A meteorologist ought to know this. Period.
Then I asked for chapter and verse.
The internet keeps getting better; it wasn’t hard to find it. http://www.accuweather.com/en/ru/moscow/294021/february-weather/294021?monyr=2/1/2013&view=table.
As I expected, temperature during the snow event was no less than 8 degrees Celsius ABOVE normal.
I predicted this based on my understanding of basic meteorological principles. I am no Jeff Masters or Steve Skolnick, but I actually have some idea what I am talking about. Apparently WUWT, by doubling down on this, does not.