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Saturday, August 20, 2005
Her Royal C has been observing bumpy fish in Alaska and decided that di$cu$$ion$ on global warming are in order. It's been warm in Alaska lately, so naturally it must be global warming, right? Alaska may be synonymous with snow and ice, but the fact is that Alaska has summer weather, too.
Alaska Climate: The Highs and Lows
Many weather-related myths surround Alaska's climate. One of the most common is that summers in Alaska are cool. In fact, like much of the United States, Alaska has four seasons and weather records at both ends of the thermometer. Alaska's summers are warm with highs that can reach into the 90s. Ft. Yukon holds the all-time record with a sizzling 100°F temperature recorded in 1915.
In fact ...
This July turned out to be quite a different story, weather-wise, than July of 2004. Several areas in Alaska reported below normal temperatures for July, including Fairbanks, Barrow, Nome, and Juneau. Anchorage and King Salmon both had above normal temperatures for the month [+1.9* F and +1.6* F respectively].
What we have now is a respectable charade. Politicians and advocates make speeches, convene conferences and formulate plans. They pose as warriors against global warming. The media participate in the resulting deception by treating their gestures seriously. One danger is that some of these measures will harm the economy without producing significant environmental benefits. Policies motivated by political gain will inflict public pain. Why should anyone applaud?
h/t Michael Fumento
Back in the 70s, global cooling was the scare tactic. I remember this very well.
From Newsweek, April 28, 1975,
The Cooling World: There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production– with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.
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