Way back in February, which seems like an eternity ago now, the critics of global warming started doing cartwheels when it was announced that February was the third coldest on record. The critics couldn’t wait to say “ha ha” and again trash Al Gore and those of us who believe global warming is real. I did a post on the “Basics of Global Warming” to try to explain the process of global warming.
Where are those same people now as we suffered through day after day of 90+ degree heat? Nowhere to be found. It seems to me if critics of global warming are to be consistent, they might acknowledge the unusual heat and humidity that we saw beginning in May, which had about 6 days of 90+ temperatures. Bitter cold in February – no global warming; record setting heat in May as well as June and July – global warming. Of course, I am kidding – that not only would be a simplistic way of looking at global warming but also would be an inaccurate way of viewing it.
This is where it helps to understand that – and I will say it again – it is called global warming for a reason. Global means “global”; it doesn’t mean a variation in regional or local temperatures on an inconsistent basis. Weather is the day to day stuff we experience. Just because we have an unusually cold month or an unusually hot month doesn’t mean we have no global warming or that we have global warming. It is the cumulative effect over years and decades that is analyzed and recorded. NOAA is an excellent source of over a hundred years of data and statistics.
And here is a sure sign that warming is real and that any gardener can appreciate: the USDA will soon be releasing a new hardiness zone map. The National Arbor Day Foundation also prepared a new map, and, guess what! The zones have changed. Many areas jumped one or two zones higher. “The climate has changed,” Woody Nelson, vice president of communications for the foundation said. “It has warmed.”
So as good ostriches do, snuggle your head into the warmer soil and forget about climate change. After all, why bother with evidence when it contradicts your position.