I have neither the time nor the interest in picking up every single wrong in rgbatduke's article from yesterday (archived here). I'll just post a short list as a starter.
rgbatduke is bored with the climate, complaining that there hasn't been anything unusual happening. I already pulled him up on his mistakes (intentional or otherwise) relating to global temperatures for September (and June). This time I'll pick him up for his claim about boring climate, which Anthony Watts, supposed weather watcher and owner of WUWT, used as the headline when he elevated rgbatduke's comment:
‘Let’s face it. The climate has never been more boring.’Here's a list of just a few of the extreme weather events this year that our boring climate has delivered, which wasn't so boring for many people and utterly devastating for some:
- Fires in Tasmania - January 2013
- Australia's (hottest) Angry Summer
- Oklahoma EF5 tornado May 2013
- Alberta flood (June 2013)
- Catastrophic fire in Arizona July 2013
- Record heat waves in China July August 2013
- Extreme longest drought in Colorado August 2013
- Colorado flood September 2013
- Yosemite fire August 2013
- Australia's hottest 12 consecutive months (again) September 2013
- Drought in USA
- NSW unseasonal devastating spring bushfires September and October 2013
- Super cyclone Phailin hits India October 2013
Not to mention the as yet little discussed Queensland drought
That's just off the top of my head. You can tell rgbatduke about other non-boring weather in the comments if you like.
Climate is weather
To pre-empt anyone trotting out the obvious, that "weather is not climate" and that it is difficult, but not impossible, to attribute any individual weather event to global warming, let me point out:
Climate is weather
As the weather changes so does the climate. And the climate is changing. It's been changing almost everywhere:
|Source: IPCC AR5 WG1 Fig ST.2 page TS-82|
I'm not claiming all the above are "caused by" global warming. But I will claim that all weather is affected by global warming. It has to be. I will also argue that many of the above-listed events, perhaps all of them, would not have been as extreme if not for global warming. Some might not have occurred in a cooler world. And it's still early days...