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|Subject: Snowstorm Nemo: denial vs. reality||Date: 2/9/2013 1:02 PM|
|Author: PeterRabit||Number: 1858657 of 1961017|
The denialist mindframe:
Massive snow storm hits North East...wow, that's a new one. That doesn't happen every year...oh wait it does. Heck, it was "proof" back in the 70s that we were heading into the next ice age.
Guess what, it snows in New England. It snows a lot and it snows every year. Every year it's the "storm of the century".
Parts of New England woke up Saturday to the largest snowfall on record — more than 3 feet in places, with more to come — after a monster blizzard that packed hurricane winds, knocked out power and marooned cars.
Transportation in much of the Northeast was at a standstill. The governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island ordered all roads closed so plows could work.
“This is a record-setting storm,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “Unless you face an emergency, please stay put.”
Now if warming skeptics wish to repeat the caveat, "Weather is not climate", I won't argue, though I will point out that climate produces weather.
The point here is that reminding us about the difference between climate and weather, is not enough for the denialists, they even need to deny the weather.
Also note that the weather computers were spot on in their predictions that this storm would be massive. Again predicting weather is quite different from predicting climate, but in both areas the computers are getting faster and the scientists are getting smarter.
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