#12 – Why I’m lukewarm to climate change…

Reason #12 – When is weather “climate”… and when is it just “weather”?


For the record: I’m neither a denier nor a zealot …  so, according to British writer (& phrase-coiner) Matt Ridley, I’m a “lukewarmer”.

Moving on …


Last summer, I posted a series The 10 reasons why I’m lukewarm to climate change…

Then, I added Reason #11 – Celebs who “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Loyal readers had to know that this one was coming …


Reason #12 – When is weather “climate”… and when is it just “weather”?

OK, I concede that last summer had some scorching moments … creating an opportunity for the “warmists” to shout from every rooftop:

“See, I told you so.  Climate is changing, climate is changing. Globe is warming. It’s your fault.”

You see, a hot spell is “climate” … and ample proof of the warming dogma.


OK, lets fast-forward to the past couple of bone chilling weeks.

I grew up in Cleveland and lived in Minneapolis, Chicago and Connecticut … so I know snow and cold.

These past couple of weeks have been the worst prolonged deep cold spell that I can remember.

And, the record low temps are spread wide … and deep into the South.

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Of course, global warming skeptics have headlined the cold spell as an inconvenient fact for global warmists.

Not to worry.

The warmists simply school ignorant skeptics by dismissing the cold spell as “weather” not “climate”.

So, when is weather “climate” … and when it it just garden variety “weather”?


Seeking some clarity, did some poking.

According to NASA:

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time.

Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.

When we talk about climate, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather.

So far, so good.

But, NASA throws in a complicator:

In addition to long-term climate change, there are shorter term climate variations.

This so-called climate variability can be represented by periodic or intermittent changes related to El Niño, La Niña, volcanic eruptions, or other changes in the Earth system.


So a climate change is a climate change except when it’s a variation, not a change.

I’m getting confused again …

Fortunately, NASA gives some easy-to-understand examples:

If summers seem hotter lately, then the climate may have changed.

Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school.

Children today in most areas of the country haven’t experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005.

The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young.


So what about the snow storms in Florida and the Carolinas … and the “snow blast cyclone” along the Northeast Atlantic coast?

“Weather” or “climate”?

Answer: “weather” … of course!

You see,

I have it figured out now:

“Weather” is “climate” if it is consistent with the global warming dogma … but it’s dismissible “weather” — or maybe a “climate variation” — if it works against the warming “science”.

I think that it’s what’s known in the trade as “confirmation bias” …


Now I understand.

Be sure to review the original list:
Recap: The 10 reasons why I’m lukewarm to climate change…


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One Response to “#12 – Why I’m lukewarm to climate change…”

  1. Mike Says:

    Weather is to mood as climate is to personality. In related news, I live in a 100 year old home whose first floor has not cracked 61 degrees for a week.

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