FRIGID TEMPS & LAME FOX JOKES
In 25 years living on “God’s Little Acre” here in Anderson, S.C., I don’t remember any period of sustained low temps like we are experiencing. For the fourth night in a row, temps dipped into the teens.
You Yankee readers might scoff, but here in Dixie we aren’t used to this kind of sustained cold. DemWit commenters Frodo in Georgia and Tiny in Florida’s panhandle are expecting snow.
There is a very thorough ARTICLE on CNN this morning about the sustained frigid weather across the nation. The report covers everything from record lows and wind chills to citrus crops in Florida to churches and Salvation Army shelters opening for the homeless.
All of this, of course, means it’s time for the goofballs on Fox News to start making lame jokes about global warming.
So, I thought this a good time to rerun the following from The Center for American Progress (2/14/07), which I originally noted on my archived blog, “I See My Dreams,” in February 2007:
AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION
“WEATHER is current events; it refers to the ‘state of the atmosphere at a given time and place.’ Weather is a snapshot of the climate at any one instant. Although the two are related, their relationship is indirect. ‘The chaotic nature of weather means that no conclusion about climate can ever be drawn from a single data point, hot or cold. The temperature of one place at one time ... says nothing about climate, much less climate change, much less global climate change.’ ”
“CLIMATE is the ‘composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years.’ In other words, climate refers to recorded history."
So, dear reader, when Brit Hume, Glenn Beck and their Fox News colleagues start yuck-yucking it up about today’s WEATHER being a sign that there’s no concern about CLIMATE change, you will know they’re just STUPID.
Not that you weren’t already aware of that.