Meteorologist Takes Down Newsweek science writer
Meteorologist Craig James,
of a Michigan NBC TV affiliate
Meteorologist Takes Down Newsweek science
writer for Shoddy Climate Reporting
(By Chief Meteorologist Craig James, of a Michigan NBC TV affiliate)
Excerpt: In the May 5, 2008 edition of Newsweek,
there is an article by science writer Sharon Begley trying to convince
us that “global warming isn’t good for crops after all”.
Her first example is that a glacier in the
Himalayas called the Gangotri glacier. She writes that over the last 25
years the glacier has shrunk about half a mile, “a rate three times the
historical norm”. The implication is, of course, that this was caused by
increasing atmospheric CO2 produced by human activities.
Since this glacier supplies 70% of the flow to
India’s Ganges River during the dry season, loss of the glacier would
cause great harm to India’s crop irrigation.
However, this article in the Times of India,
contains the following quote: According to Geological Survey of India
data, between 1935 and 1996, Gangotri glacier receded at an average
18.80 metres per year. Studies by other institutions show that yearly
recession dropped to 17.5 metres during 1971-2004 and further to 12.10
metres in 2004-05. The river flow may be falling and the glacier
retreating, but is it really three times the historical norm? The Indian
government calls it a “natural phenomena” that may have been exacerbated
by the building of four dams.
[…] Her next example is that of a diminishing
snowpack in the United States, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.
Was she out of the country this winter? [However,] snow depth
comparisons from the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in Seattle,
Washington [show] that this year’s snow pack in the Northwest was
between 133% and 330% above normal. In many locations in the central
Rockies, the midwest and northern New England, the highest snowfall
amounts of any year were recorded.
Of course, one year does not make a trend, but
since the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has gone negative, this may indeed
be the beginning of a trend.
For a complete report on Begley’s embarrassing
climate reporting see:
The average temperature in April 2008 was 51.0 F. This
was -1.0 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average, the 29th
coolest April in 114 years. The temperature trend for the period of
record (1895 to present) is 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
Can’t get much more official than
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