Richard Black, environment correspondent for BBC News, has a story explaining that the cold, snowy winters faced by Europe in recent years are … wait for it … the result of global warming. Specifically, the peer-reviewed article that Black draws upon lays the cold and snow at the feet of decreasing Arctic sea ice:
The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe, North America and China, a study shows.
As global temperatures have risen, the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice in summer and autumn has been falling.
Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a US/China-based team show this affects the jet stream and brings cold, snowy weather.
Whether conditions will get colder still as ice melts further is unclear.
Indeed. Let me say a few things, on the other hand, that are clear:
1. This “science” did not precede the events that it attempts to explain.
2. All mainstream climatologists predicted warmer, less snowy winters for mid latitudes, as the planet progressively warmed.
3. When your side of a debate predicts A and B happens, and then says B resulted from the same causes we were using to predict A and therefore we were right all along, people should think long and hard before accepting the word of such “scientists.”
4. Abdussamatov and other solar researchers predicted a return of European cold and snow before it happened. For my money, using computer models to explain a phenomenon that’s already taken place when you predicted the exact opposite beforehand doesn’t cut the mustard. But that’s just me.
I think we all understand now, on a deeper level, that increased snow and cold and decreased snow and cold are both horrifying products of out-of-control global warming.
What will Richard Black and the narrative-spinning scientists he relies upon say, I wonder, as the fruit of the solar slowdown increase still more? That the Arctic sea ice increasing again, as it likely will, is the fruit of warming elsewhere? Only time will tell. In the meantime, don’t sell your coat.