Climate Change vs. The Blizzard
It’s disheartening to watch Rachel Maddow and Bill Nye (the Science Guy) have to explain the difference between the weather (a local, temporally short phenomenon) and the climate (a local or global, temporally long phenomenon). One storm does a trend make.
Here is the NASA paper referenced in the video above, with the critical images given below.
This color-coded interpretation of the GISS data was produced by NASA’s Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio as part of a long-term progression of changing global surface temperature anomalies, from 1881 to 2009. This frame represents global temperature anomalies averaged from 1999 to 2009. Dark red indicates the greatest warming and dark blue indicates the greatest cooling. Credit: SVS
As seen by the blue point farthest to the right on this graph, 2009 was the warmest year on record in the Southern Hemisphere. Image credit: NASA