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El Nino 2010 – Alarmists Confuse Winter El Nino with Global Warming


[last update: 2010/02/19]



El Nino is a well known and studied phenomenon. Unfortunately global warming alarmists confuse its effects with their theory of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (which apparently causes everything).


[2010/02/19] – update re: Obama at end of page



Eastern US Snowstorms – Too Much Snow


Feb. 11, 2010



Similar headlines at the Huffington Post [] and Yahoo News [] refer to a Time article “Another Blizzard: What Happened to Global Warming?”, which stated: “There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm. … warmer air could be supercharged with moisture and, as long as the temperature remains below 32°F, it will result in blizzards rather than drenching winter rainstorms.” [,8599,1962294,00.html] While the Time article left room for doubt, the liberal media headlines (as shown above for the Huffington Post) changed it to certainty.




Vancouver Olympics – Not Enough Snow


Feb. 8, 2010




From the above article: “One morning last week, environmentalist David Suzuki looked across English Bay from his Vancouver home to Cypress Mountain, usually covered in snow this time of year but now left all but bare by a warm winter. "I've watched in horror as the snow has just melted away from Cypress Mountain," Suzuki said, referring to the 2010 Olympic Games snowboarding and freestyle skiing venue. Global warming has placed the future of the Winter Olympics and winter sports from the Sierras to the Alps in peril, according to interviews with environmental scientists, Olympic officials, historians and athletes in recent weeks. As the 2010 Olympic Games open this week in Vancouver and Whistler, there is a growing concern within the Olympic and environmental movements that the Winter Games are in jeopardy of being significantly diminished if not eliminated all together by climate change.


Of course Suzuki’s main mouthpiece – Canada’s CBC – also promotes his unsubstantiated claims.






El Nino


The 2010 winter phenomena of warm weather in southern Canada and cold snowy weather in the east / southeast US is a classic winter El Nino pattern. Florida and the southeast have had some very cold weather this winter – typical of a strong winter El Nino.


The following figure shows the increasing El Nino heading into January 2010 []



The El Nino related sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies are shown below for 2003 – January 2010 []


The following figure shows the El Nino pattern of SST anomalies (plotted at: [])



The following figures show the typical winter El Nino impacts – warmer than normal in southern Canada, colder and snowier than normal in the southeast US.







For detailed information about El Nino, see:




Respite from Alarmist Media


At least some of the media outlets have questioned the alarmist message:


  • National Geographic, 2010/02/12: “Meteorologist Joe Bastardi says the recent snowstorms may be the start of a trend of cold, snowy winters similar to those of the 1960s and 1970s. Bastardi, of the AccuWeather forecasting service in State College, Pennsylvania, believes the February record snowfalls, though, are due more to an El Niño that formed last year than to climate change. Cyclical patterns of heating and cooling—as opposed to long-term global warming—could herald a coming period of harsher U.S. winters.” []





[2010/02/19] Update: Obama Again Shows His Lack of Scientific Understanding


Similar to David Suzuki’s advocacy masquerading as science referenced above, Obama again is showing his ignorance: “Obama cited the lack of snow in Vancouver during the current winter Olympics and unusual snowstorms in places like Dallas in the southern United States as examples of violent weather patterns brought on by climate change.” []


A Youtube video showing the ignorance cited above: