One of the worst effects of the mid-Atlantic Snowmaggedon was not the icy roads or the empty grocery shelves but was instead the instant transformation of every Tom, Dick and Wingnut into an expert climatologist. Most contented themselves with jumping up and down, waving their hands wildly and screaming “Look, it’s snowing! Bite me Al Gore!” But NewsBlusterer Mark Finkelstein, an unemployed lawyer turned restaurant critic1 for the Ithaca Times, takes it to the next step by actually trying to do some science-y stuff with, of course, predictably hilarious results:
By now, we’re all familiar with the global warmists’ attempt to explain away the record-breaking mid-Atlantic blizzards. Take this, for example, from the New York Times [emphasis added]:
“government and academic studies had consistently predicted an increasing frequency of just these kinds of record-setting storms, because warmer air carries more moisture.”
So more snow fell from Philly to DC because the temperatures were warmer than normal during the blizzards?
That last sentence is a quintessential Wile E. Coyote moment where the coyote is setting the trap that the viewers know is going to backfire with tragic results.
DC has been hit by three major snowstorms this winter: 16.4 inches on December 18–19, 18.0 inches on February 5–6, and about 12 inches on February 10. Let’s compare DC’s actual temps with normal temps for those days.
Date Normal Avg. DC Temp. Actual Average DC Temp
Dec. 18 39 30.8
Dec. 19 39 26.3
Feb. 5 36 34.8
Feb. 6 36 27.4
Feb. 10 37 25.9
Bottom line: the temperature was colder than average on every one of the snow days. On average the snow days were about eight degrees colder than average. To spin these facts as proof that the blizzards are evidence of global warming because “warm air holds more moisture” is bunk.
I guess Finkelstein, when getting his PhD in climatology, skipped the lecture where they explained that snowstorms occur when moisture-laden atmosphere from warmer areas come into contact with colder air in another area. So one wouldn’t expect the temperature in DC to be warmer during heavy snowfalls. Duh. For an excellent discussion of the connection between warmer weather in one place and heavier snowfalls in another place, read this post by Dr. Jeff Masters at his Weather Underground blog.
Will the MSM note this little analysis?
The only thing accurate in Finkelstein’s post is his suggestion that the MSM won’t note his “little analysis,” but not for the reasons he supposes.
1Restaurant critic may be stretching it since Mark is, apparently, engaged in trading favorable reviews for free food, as indicated in the legend at the bottom of one of his, er, reviews:
Restaurant stories in the Ithaca Times are generally done with the full knowledge of the establishment’s owners. The writer interviews staff members and is presented with a meal for two as a courtesy of the restaurant.
It’s nice to see another NewBlusterer upholding the ideals of journalistic integrity.