Monday, November 16, 2015

Very interesting article from Kimberly Miller at the Post: Why is Florida so hot this year?

No one has the answer but a lot of smart people are searching for clues. Here is one possible theory, an excerpt from the article:
     One variable that may have indirectly impacted Florida temperatures this year is La Nina’s brother, El Nino. This year’s El Nino, which warms ocean waters and changes weather globally, is one of the strongest on record.
     It’s responsible for the fierce upper-level winds that steered most of the tropical systems, including four hurricanes, away from Florida.
     But the lack of storms impacting Florida has meant less rain, fewer cloudy days and more sunshine to jack up temperatures. [emphasis added]
When the subject of weather comes up two things get lumped together (not in the article cited above; the reporter does a good job explaining the nuance) many times which are completely different topics: they are climate and weather. Weather can change by the minute but the climate is long-term; weather is not necessarily an indication of the climate and vice versa.

And an observation on the "climate change" debate in general: Why are people who question whether the climate is changing called "deniers"? It's a very clever word to use when you think about it. Saul Alinsky would be very proud of whoever came up with the tactical use of this word. It ends any constructive debate right in its tracks just like it's intended to do.