Silly you! Of course global warming is behind frigid temps
We should beg the pardon of global warming advocates for ever doubting them. The record shattering cold being experienced by yours truly and hundreds of millions of other Americans is obviously due to greenhouse gas emissions making the arctic warmer, which changes the jet stream, which actually makes us colder, which doesn't mean that global warming is a crock - except when it does. Or something.
While it seems counter-intuitive, the research argues that plunging temperatures could come from changes in the jet stream caused by climate change.
Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer A Francis has released a number of papers about changes in the jet stream brought about by warming Arctic temperatures.
Her conclusions suggest that warming Arctic air caused by greenhouse gas emissions has caused changing to the jet stream that is pushing colder Arctic air further south, causing temperatures to plunge from the High Plains to the Deep South.
The jet stream shift has sent frigid air across the central part of the country, and deeper into the south than normal.
Alaska, meanwhile, is being hit by unusually warm conditions and California is facing record-breaking drought, Francis said.
Alaska has never been "warm" this time of year (high of 16 in Fairbanks today dropping to a high of -4 by Friday) nor has California ever, ever, not ever faced a drought. The world is warming up quick, I tell ya!
They are referring to the phenomenon as a "Polar Vortex." Sounds like some hideous monster Flash Gordon should be doing battle with on Mongol.
But if you want the absolute best explanation for what's happening, here's our intrepid global warming scientist making sense of it all for you:
She said the strange weather is becoming more likely because of climate change.
"We can't say that these are extremes are because of climate change but we can say that this kind of pattern is becoming more likely because of climate change," Francis said.
Get it? We can't say that the actual weather is due to climate change but the weather patterns makes it more likely...? What kind of double talk is that? Someone who's familiar with how to snow (pun intended) the media about global warming.
Can we please stop equating "weather" with "climate?" It will probably be another two decades before we're this cold again. And next year, when it's possible we will experience warmer winter weather than normal, you can bet the global warming advocates will be out in force claiming it as proof that global warming is "real."