February 17, 2014: the original post was done somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but a reader sent me a very nice scientific analysis of what is going on. The article is based on research supported by NASA. Folks might want to keep it bookmarked for future reference.
Now they tell us that the colder weather we've experienced the past couple of years is going to be "permanent." AFP via Yahoo!News is reporting:
A warmer Arctic could permanently affect the pattern of the high-altitude polar jet stream, resulting in longer and colder winters over North America and northern Europe, US scientists say.
The jet stream, a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east, is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south.
The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves.
So, if I'm reading this right, global warming is really only going to affect the Arctic; it's going to be "permanently" cooler in the northern hemisphere, outside of the Arctic. And, of course, the Antarctic has been getting colder, at least based on an increasing volume and expansion of ice.According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar ice caps, meaning there is now less of a difference in temperatures when it hits air from lower latitudes.
I can't make this stuff up. Algore was right on the global warming part; he was just wrong on the "location." It will only be warmer in the Arctic; everywhere else .... colder.