Climate Change: "A Holiday Affair"

It's funny what you can learn historically about popular climatology from watching an old, mildly-amusing, holiday film.  The 1949 movie Holiday Affair, starring Janet Leigh (as the widow Connie Ennis, the love interest), Robert Mitchum (as Steve Mason, the interloper), and Wendell Corey (as Carl Mason, Connie's fiancé), has a scene early in the film when Carl is first introduced to Steve by Connie.  It's an awkward moment.  Both Carl and Steve are standing in Connie's living room, warming themselves in front of the fireplace.  Their small-talk goes like this:

   Carl:  Looks as though we might have a white Christmas.

   Steve:  That's right.  Never seems like Christmas unless it's white.

   Carl:  That's right.  Though, we never seem to get the big snows we used to when we were kids.

   Steve:  That's right.  Just comes down slush now.

   Carl:  That's right. Probably got something to do with the atomic bomb.

   Steve:  Hey, that's right!

So, it seems that for quite some time, the popular sense has been that the climate can be disrupted on a massive scale by certain human activity.  Although this revealing chit-chat makes for convenient humorous dialog in this fantasy film, there's nothing funny about the official script in the real-world of atmospheric science--a script that demands everyone mouth the dubious storyline of catastrophic man-made climate change.

Veteran meteorologist Anthony J. Sadar is author of In Global Warming We Trust: A Heretic's Guide to Climate Science (Telescope Books) (