Just Darts Since 2009
A response to edarrell
December 6, 2006Posted by on
For the past four or five weeks in a row, I’ve promised a post about the state of knowledge regarding global warming. What was the temperature in the past, what is it now, is it now out of the ordinary, etc. It turns out, that’s hard work. I may, in the future, break that subject down into short manageable pieces.
In the meantime, I posted a piece about a week ago about the lack of hurricanes hitting the U.S., and how embarrassed the weather forecasters should be. It was a chest-beating post, but it caught the eye of one “edarrell”. Go to the post and read the comments.
Back? Good. Edarrell proceeded to inform me of wild weather taking place all over the globe. He or she seems to have a great talent for research.
Unfortunately, scientists never consider anecdotal evidence when they are trying to prove a claim. edarrell may link to several posts about abnormal weather. He (or
she) may continue on, and link to 100,000 stories about abnormal weather occurring somewhere around the globe, but it wouldn’t convince me.
I only pointed to two articles in my post, and I doubt that I’ll be able to find any others that support my position. Surprisingly, it’s very rare for reporters to cover weather that didn’t happen.
It’s bias. Not left-wing bias, but news-gatherer bias. Where is the story in seasonable weather? Reporters make money by travelling to, and reporting on, places that are experiencing abnormal conditions. A story about average weather really doesn’t have a chance to make the news, does it?
For every story I hear, from Ottowa to Moscow, about abnormal weather, I have to assume that the weather is normal in every other place on Earth. Otherwise, some reporter would be telling me about it.