Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Record Snows Embarrass New Gov't "Climate Service" (Updated)

R Street, NW, Washington, DC  February 6, 2010, 7:00 a.m.  Photo by Tom Brown

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a new division called the NOAA Climate Service. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

This is what they are predicting for the USA: "sea-level rise, longer growing seasons, changes in river flows, increases in heavy downpours, earlier snowmelt and extended ice-free seasons in our waters." The new Climate Service's job is to offer "relevant and timely information" about the effects of global warming in our "own backyards."

It seems that the Climate Service folks might be placing a little too much trust in their own prognostications. Just as they were about to hold a big press conference announcing the launch of their services, 30 inches of snow fell on their own backyards and on the National Press Club where the press conference was scheduled to be held. Another 10 to 20 inches is predicted to follow.

For the safety of all concerned, the press conference was held by telephone.

Not to worry, though. The Climate Service wants to reassure you: Global warming is advancing as advertised.

After all, climate is not weather.

Uh huh.

And carbon credits are not an energy-rationing scheme designed to create a huge new revenue source for governments and fat cats everywhere. 

UPDATE (4 p.m. Eastern): And now this time-lapse video of the DC storm, via the ever-scintillating Mad Minerva:

Philly, NYC, Boston, and the Cape: "Get ready, Teddy."

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