Oh dear. Anthony Watts has another ice age cometh article at WUWT, complete with video (archived here). [Note: In the article below, where I link to the video, the link goes to the spot that I reference.]
Anthony writes - he just copied and pasted this from YouTube:
100 Year Snow Records broken across the South Eastern US on October 31st and November 01st. It was the earliest and heaviest snow in several places since records have been kept dating as far back as 1880. Reduced sunspot count shows Solar hibernation is occurring along with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) showing a cooling Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation (AMO) Atlantic Ocean temperature is predicted to fall by 2020, which screams of cooling events to take place globally.
"Screams of cooling events globally"? Really? Just because a few places in the USA had a record early snowfall? This just after the hottest September on record globally?
Let's see what really happened. We'll go to John Coleman's old stomping ground, the Weather Channel:
Up to 21 inches of snow has fallen in parts of Maine from a storm system that earlier brought an unprecedented early-season snow to parts of South Carolina on the first day of November.
The first snow in parts of South Carolina was the earliest on record. Again, from the Weather Channel:
Snow was observed Saturday as far south and east as Charleston, South Carolina, the earliest flakes on record in the city. This occurred less than three days after a string of four straight days in the mid-upper 80s. Places like Folly Beach and downtown Charleston picked up a trace of snowfall.
But it doesn't mean an ice age cometh. Did you see that? The snow fell less than three days after "four straight days in the mid to upper 80s"? Now that doesn't sound too chilly does it. What about Maine. From the Weather Channel:
In northern Maine, interestingly, this first measurable snow is just a tad later than average. Caribou sees its first measurable snow by Oct. 23 in an average season.
The first snow was later than usual in northern Maine. That certainly doesn't sound like any ice age comething. Thing is, there were a few places that recorded the earliest snow on record. There was a lot of snow in some parts, too. The snow and wind wreaked havoc in some parts of Maine according to the Weather Channel:
Snow and wind had knocked out power to some 130,000 customers in Maine alone as of Sunday evening as the heavy wet snow and 40-mph gusts brought down tree limbs and power lines. The counties of Penobscot, Hancock, Knox and Lincoln have been hardest hit thus far. The state governor declared a state of emergency and one power utility declared a "system emergency" due to the damage. Scroll down for the latest snow forecast.
How long will the cold weather last? Not long according to the Weather Channel:
Warm air will quickly return to the Northeast in the wake of this storm, but it may be slowed by all the snow cover in Maine. By Wednesday, however, highs in the 60s may make it as far north as Portland, Maine.
Highs in the 60s. That doesn't sound too chilly for autumn. Whatever happened to the screams of global cooling? Where the heck has this ice age disappeared to?
Global warming means more water in the atmosphere, which means more snow and rain. It's not the cold it's the precipitation. The Weather Channel barely mentioned temperature, it was focused on the snowfalls, which in some parts of the USA were the earliest recorded, and in parts was quite heavy.
In a vain effort to persuade viewers that an ice age cometh, the video at WUWT showed a prediction from a Russian scientist made in 2012, that Earth will start to cool in 2014. Well, it's getting a bit late for that now, isn't it. Another failed denier prediction with the globe on track to have one of its warmest years on record.
In another part of the video, he put up this chart from NOAA, which is the global temperature anomaly for the three month NH winter period ending in February 2014 (although he said it was for one year from December 2013 - it's not):
Now why would he pick last winter out I wonder. According to NOAA, last northern hemisphere winter was the "eighth highest on record for this period, at 0.57°C (1.03°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.8°F). The Northern Hemisphere had its eighth warmest winter and the Southern Hemisphere tied with 2005 and 2013 for its sixth warmest summer in the 135-year period of record." That sure doesn't seem like any ice age is comething.
Perhaps it was the best he could manage. He couldn't very well pick the latest chart, could he. September was the hottest September on record, according to NOAA.
From the WUWT comments
The comments are coming in dribs and drabs. I didn't see anyone overly impressed by the predictions of an ice age or screams of cooling events. I guess they are getting a bit tired of all these promises not being delivered as expected.
JustAnotherPoster is ho hum about it all, even with the sarc tag:
November 3, 2014 at 2:02 am
This isn’t Climate change its just weather. Move Along Nothing to see here. Its what to be expected in a warming world, as warmer weather = more snow as the. Ahem. /scar.
You can’t ascribe one single weather event to prove global warming etc. etc.
orkneygal probably has a point:
November 3, 2014 at 2:16 am
The snow is warmer due to global warming. Were it not for global warming, the snow would be much, much colder, Just ask the kidz at SkS.
Bloke down the pub is more worried about the trees than about any old ice age:
November 3, 2014 at 2:47 am
Deciduous trees that are still in leaf have a nasty tendency to break when covered in snow. Hope they survived this event.
One of our previous visitors pops up. Dan Pangburn writes:
November 3, 2014 at 3:47 am
During the planet warmup, which continued through the 20th century, land warmed faster than the oceans. During the cool down, land will (initially) cool faster than the oceans. It looks to be happening.
The two drivers that explain climate change with 95% correlation since before 1900 and why CO2 change is not a driver are shown at [redacted link. Been there, done that.]
Bruce Cobb must be talking about something he saw in the video.
November 3, 2014 at 4:25 am
The growing-food-in-cities thing sounds a bit New Age whacky.