By MICHAEL BASTASCH
The recent cold snap was “highly unusual in the current climate,” and not the product of man-made global warming, a new study found.
But wait, other scientists said the two-weeks of frigid weather and snow in the eastern U.S. was “very much consistent with our expectations of the response of weather dynamics to human-caused climate change.”
The group Climate Central put out a new study countering that claim. Climate Central specializes in an emerging area of research called “attribution” where scientists try to pin specific weather events on man-made warming.
Climate Central’s new study, however, only shows the malleable nature of trying to attribute individual weather events to long-term changes in global climate. The answer to questions of “is this weather the product of global warming” still depends largely on who you ask.
While Climate Central has research suggesting no global warming link, other scientists spent weeks hyping the alleged connection between warming and the recent cold snap.
In a blog post for former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental group, Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann wrote, “the unusual weather we’re seeing this winter is in no way evidence against climate change,” it’s “an example of precisely the sort of extreme winter weather we expect because of climate change.”
Gore himself promoted Mann’s argument, suggesting the record cold in the eastern U.S. was just global warming.