CLICK BAIT –Arctic Temperatures Crash Below Normal–

The DMI graph tells it all.

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The only reason I’m pounding a drum about temperatures being slightly below normal at the Pole is because the media made such a hoopla about the spike that preceded it. Call my post anti-hoopla, if you will.

Not that any weather can be anything other than proof of Global Warming, in the eyes of some. For example, a few weeks ago the loopy jet-stream brought warm weather to the east coast of the USA. That was proof of Global Warming. However now it is bitterly cold, but that too is proof of Global Warming. If you choose to enter that mindset, here are examples. Warm spell is proof of Global Warming? See here:

Blizzard a few days later is proof of Global Warming? See here:

It is really an amazing sort of delusion, wherein there is no way to refute the hypothesis, even if it is incorrect. I am reduced to rolling my eyes.

One thing I refuse to do is to allow these poor, misguided zealots to drop the term “Global Warming.” It is their roots, and they need to stay grounded. I know they dearly want to forget their past predictions of doom and gloom and to “move on .com” to new predictions of doom and gloom, and therefore want to move to the safer topic of “Climate Change” (for the climate always changes), but they promised us a warmer world, and by gum I am not going to let them skip out on their promise. Also I don’t want them to avoid the absurdity they face, and have earned, when the weather is bitterly cold. It is a custard pie plashed into their face, and they themselves deliver it.

I have to admit they display adroit dexterity of logic, when explaining how a howling blizzard is due to Global Warming. I appreciate that sort of balderdash, for such balderdash is at the root of creative writing. Of course, mature writers know they have entered the world of fiction, and have left the landscape of science. But, before they were mature, some writers were forced to attend Algebra classes they loathed, and, when asked to explain why their Algebra homework was undone, wove such amazing webs of balderdash that the classroom hushed, and the teacher couldn’t help but smile. In the process they displayed adroit dexterity of logic. For this reason I think many Climate Scientists are actually creative writers who missed their calling.

But they do not fool me one bit. After all, I am myself a creative writer, and know all too clearly the difference between science and fiction, for in my time I too have offered bill collectors my poems, with a predictable result.

It doesn’t matter how fantastic your flights of imagination may be, (that you call “explanations”), you can’t eat them when your belly growls (and anyway, the unimpressed bill collector calls them “excuses”). A day must come when reality knocks at the door like the Grim Reaper. And, for Alarmists who are seeking to sell Global Warming, that is what cold temperatures are: The Grim Reaper (or bill collector) knocking at their door.

And that is why I am so cruel as to post the above graph. I want to be the cold slap of reality on a feverish face, and to wake people up.

I need to warn those young dreamers (who are desperately attempting to make their Global Warming creativity look like science) that they need to be careful.  They need to take care not to slip into the landscape of liars. Not that the temptations may not be more seductive than those faced by a man with an ugly wife and a beautiful secretary. But, as a creative writer, I can guarantee nothing dries up the founts of creativity faster than cheating in terms of Truth. For example, if a great creative writer succumbs to the big paycheck of working for an advertising agency,  he notices an almost immediate increase in what is called “writer’s block”, and in some cases ceases to be able to write at all.

How might such lies occur in the world of something innocuous as polar temperatures? Well, for an example, begin by looking at the color-codes in the scale of temperatures in the map below, from the recent February spike in arctic temperatures.

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Look at the color of -4°C. It is a blue so pale it is nearly indistinguishable from white. But then look at +4°C. It is a vivid ochre .  This visually gives more “weight” to four degrees of warming than four degrees of cooling. It is a sort of lie. And then also note how the planet is tilted, so Siberia is away from the viewer. That too makes Siberia seem smaller and gives it less “weight”, and is a visual lie. Third, the map does not reflect actual temperatures, but rather “anomalies”, which can make temperatures far below zero appear cherry red, and thus generate an impression of warmth where it is cold.

Please compare the “impression” given by the above map with the “impression” given by the map below, (from a few days later), which reflects not “anomalies”, but actual temperatures.

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It is difficult to recognize the maps as being from the same planet, let alone as being from roughly the same time. Considering the second map reflects actual temperatures, it reflects Truth as it actually is, while the first “anomaly”map reflects something that isn’t, a “departure”, and slips from reality towards a sort of slight-of-hand.

I appreciate this sort of cleverness, as a creative writer, but also recognize the danger. It is one thing to display adroit dexterity of logic when telling baldfaced lies to an Algebra teacher who is demanding undone homework, but quite another when you enter the adult world where a man’s word (and a woman’s word) is their honor.

What is the danger? The danger is that, if you don’t stand for Truth, a time may come when you look around for who will stand for you, and all around you will be false. Even worse, when you look within for the founts of creativity and recreation, the springs will be dried up, and all will be a desert. Indeed, while a warming world would be of benefit to many, the political dishonesty involved in Global Warming seems more likely to result in a global desertification.


4 thoughts on “CLICK BAIT –Arctic Temperatures Crash Below Normal–

    • I also wonder how DMI gathered data to make their first graph, back in 1958. Obviously they had no satellites back then. I am sure such would be interesting, as would how they gather their data now.

      In their archives, 2002 is an interesting year, for besides the red line, marked “mean temp. T511” they had a blue line marked “Mean Temp. Era40”. I wonder if they changed their way of gathering temperatures that year.

      There is always the danger that, when such changes are made, the insidious forces of bias will creep in. A few years back DMI changed its manner of “masking” coastal areas, when creating its “extent” graph, and this sadly made it very difficult to compare old graphs with new graphs. (It was apparently “too expensive” to continue keeping the old graphs while also keeping the new graphs.) There was quite a fuss about this change, at the time.

      Regarding “error bars”, they too have been tweaked this way and that, in the cases where they appear in various graphs. I think this is done because it creates a greater sensation, when the line of a graph strays outside the “error bar”. When such tweaking occurs, there are always bloggers who notice, and either an uproar or, increasingly, derision, scorn and laughter.

      The web never forgets, and it is difficult to get away with sleight of hand any more. I think that is why some want to ban others from their sites, and even from the web altogether.

      • I note with some interest that since your post, DMI temps have plunged even lower (roughly -29C, or about -22F). That is remarkably cold, even by their historical averages, and easily the coldest of the entire season. Per MASIE, extent has bumped back up slightly, while NSIDC shows decline. On the other end of the planet, Antarctic ice extent has grown dramatically, and early.

        Note that the real story of all that cold is DMI Arctic ice volume, which has risen dramatically as well. Will be interesting to see how the PIOMAS folks handwave all this away at the end of the month…

      • It is worthwhile to go through the DMI arctic temperature graph archives, on the same page as the current graph. There is such a range of past temperatures that the current blip looks rather modest, though the spike that preceded it was noteworthy.

        The models are showing a mild pattern for the arctic this summer, which is not what I expect. We’ll see.

        The jump in the sea-ice volume was a surprise to me, especially when the “mild spell” was occurring at the Pole, though I suppose I should have seen it coming, with ice getting compressed towards the center so much from both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.

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