Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Is It Spring Yet?

Spring is still more than a week away. As much as I like the change of seasons in New England, I have to say that the on-going icy and snowy winter is really getting under my nerve. Many New Engalnders can't wait to move to sunnier and warmer part of country, just to get away from the dreary winters, even under the influence of the bogusly portrayed man-made gloabl warming.

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2008 January global land surface average was below the 20th century mean (-0.02°F/-0.01°C) for the first time since 1982. Shocking? how can it be? Hey, I do not have the audacity of those environmental commies' to fabricate data. If you are interested in a more complete climate data of 2008, please do yourself a favor by checking National Climate Data Center for the inspiring data. The following is the rundown:

1) Certain regions had above-average surface temperature, others had below-average surface temperature. Overall the average global land surface average temperature was below the 20th century mean.

2) The January 2008 snow cover extent was the largest extent over the 42-year historical record, surpassing the previous record set in 1985.

3) the January 2008 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent, which is measured from passive microwave instruments onboard NOAA satellites, was below the 1979-2000 mean, but greater than the previous four years.

So, what does all those mumbo jumbo mean?

For starters, our Vatican Catholic leaders have updated the so-called "sin list". One of them is "pollute the earth NOT". The Vatican archbishop who talked about the new sins said Catholics offend God not only by stealing or lust, but by ruining the environment. In recent years, under Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor John Paul II, the church has held scientific conferences on global warming and has taken steps to make the Vatican more "green."

No disrespect to our Catholic brethrens, they should just stick to what they know the best: worshiping the God and reaching out to the non-believers. While updating their sin list, maybe they should take a deep and hard look at the sin which they somewhat ignore: Sloth. Sloth as being more simply a sin of laziness or indifference, of an unwillingness to act, an unwillingness to care. When the science community is hijacked by politically driven interest group, the rest of scientists, along with the believers, should be steadfast with the spirit of pursuing truth, and resist the temptation of go along with public pressure. Otherwise, we are committing the sin of "sloth". I honestly do not believe that our Catholic brethrens in Valican are lazy per se. What I do believe is that the power of media have persuaded our Catholic brethrens the clear and present danger of the climate change. Have mercy on us, dear Lord.

Going back to the climate data of January 2008, does the data suggest that the man-made global warming has stopped? Well, it depends on the reference point. January 2008, just like any other month in the recent history of mankind, we have regional warming and cooling. Interestingly enough, all the scary alarming stories about the unstoppable warming and the Arctic melting seems to fade into the background in the recent weeks/months.

Poor Al, where art thee whilst those alarmists needeth thee the most?

Maybe the global warming commercials are seasonal, just like a major league baseball commercial on December: utterly waste of money. Those alarmists are not stupid enough to try to scare people off by telling people that the Arctic ice is melting while the snow is pounding their cities every week. It just simply doesn't work psychologically. On the other hand, I bet that they can't wait for the winter to be over, so they can start their spinning.

Is it spring yet?

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