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February 12, 2010

Debunking the warmists' Warm-Air-Holds-More-Moisture defense

Topics: Climate Change, Climategate, Global Warming, Political News and commentaries

Mark Finkelstein notes at NewsBusters how we're all familiar with the global warmists' attempt to explain away the record-breaking mid-Atlantic blizzards, and uses a New York Times piece as an example in which the paper claimed (emphasis added):

"government and academic studies had consistently predicted an increasing frequency of just these kinds of record-setting storms, because warmer air carries more moisture."
In other words, the NYT claims that more snow fell from Philly to DC because the temperatures were warmer than normal during the blizzards? That got Finkelstein wondering just what were the temperatures in DC on the snow days, and how do they compare to the norm? DC has been hit by three major snowstorms this winter: 16.4 inches on December 18-19, 18.0 inches on February 5-6, and about 12 inches on February 10, so he compared DC's actual temps with normal temps for those days, and guess what:
... the temperature was colder than average on every one of the snow days. <font color="red">On average the snow days were about eight degrees colder than average.

To spin these facts as proof that the blizzards are evidence of global warming because "warm air holds more moisture" is bunk.

See the actual temps on the given days, here ...

Posted by Abdul at February 12, 2010 8:10 AM

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