COLUMNS

It’s been a fairly cool summer this year, hasn’t it? Well, not really

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Some of the people who think the weather where they live is the most reliable measure of global warming (or the lack of it) have been pretty happy of late. In some locales, temperatures have seemed unseasonably low.

So, take that, Al Gore.

What? What’s that you’re  saying? It hasn’t really been all that cool in much of the world this summer? Says who?

Oh, it’s THESE GUYS again:

Last month was the warmest August globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported Monday. The globe just keeps warming.

While it may have seemed like a cool August in this country, the NASA chart shows it was actually just “normal” or very close to the 1951-1980 average over most of the U.S. (other than the warm West, of course). But we’ve become so used to the “new normal” of global warming that when the old normal returns locally, it feels unnaturally cool.

Over West Antarctica, however, it was so hot NASA had to put in the color brown to cover the 4°C to 8°C (7°F to over 14°F!) anomalous warmth. Fortunately that is so far away from us why should anybody should get very concerned about it when D.C. had such a mild summer? It’s not like recent studies have found that glaciers in West Antarctic ice sheet “have begun the process of irreversible collapse,” is it?

Significantly, this August record occurred despite the fact we’re still waiting for the start of El Niño. It is usually the combination of the underlying long-term warming trend and the regional El Niño warming pattern that leads to new global temperature records.