“The heavy snowfalls this month have been used as fodder for ridicule by those who argue that global warming is a myth, yet scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere — thus causing heavier downfalls of both rain and snow in particular regions, including the Northeastern United States. Just as it’s important not to miss the forest for the trees, neither should we miss the climate for the snowstorm.”
GORE IS WRONG ON THE FACTS:
… since 2001 there has been less water vapor in a narrow, lower band of the stratosphere thanks to cooler temperatures in the tropopause, and that may just be holding back global warming at ground level, according to new research published online in Science
“We found that there was a surface temperature impact due to changes in water vapor in a fairly narrow region of the stratosphere,” explains research meteorologist Karen Rosenlof of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Aeronomy Laboratory, one of the authors of the study. “The reason for the water vapor change is the temperature drop at the interface between the troposphere and the stratosphere over the tropics. What we don’t know is why the temperature dropped.”
That temperature does seem to correlate, however, to sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific that, of course, follow El Niño–La Niña cycles, along with other trends.
A new El Niño cycle—warmer surface waters—began last summer, which may mean that stratospheric water levels could change again.
So this effect could either be the result of natural variability in Earth’s climate, or yet another effect of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases like water vapor trapping more heat and thus warming sea-surface temperatures.
All told, stratospheric water vapor declined by 10 percent since 2000, based on satellite and balloon measurements, yet that was enough to appreciably affect temperatures at ground level according to climate models.
“Reduce the water vapor and you have less long-wave radiation coming back down to warm the troposphere,” Rosenlof says.
Conversely, an apparent increase in water vapor in this region in the 1980s and 1990s exacerbated global warming.
THERE IS LESS H20 IN THE AIR, NOT MORE; THEREFORE GORE’S EXCUSE IS WRONG.
THE LACK OF SUNSPOT ACTIVITY AND THE EL NINO ARE WHAT'S DRIVING THIS WINTER'S WEATHER, NOT ATMOSPHERIC CO2 OR HIGHER ATMOSPHERIC H2O LEVELS.
THE AGW ALARMISTS/CO2OPHOBES INCORRECTLY PREDICTED THAT THIS WINTER WOULD BE MILD.
BUT INTELLECTUALLY HONEST AND APOLITICAL CLIMATE SCIENTISTS - WHO BELIEVE THE SUN IS MORE POWERFUL CAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAN CO2 - PREDICTED IT CORRECTLY AND SAID IT WOULD BE A COLD AND SNOWY ONE.
ER, UM... THERE'S ONE OTHER LITTLE ITTY-BITTY THANG GORE HAS GOT WRONG: ATMOSPHERIC CO2 HAS NOT REPEAT NOT GONE UP IN THE LAST 150 YEARS.
IT'S TIME FOR AL GORE TO SHUT THE F*CK UP.