Why Global Warming DOES NOT Really Exist

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Okay, so we all know what global warming is, because it's all over the news. It doesn't really exist. I'll explain why. I live in the town of Huntersville, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Here's what our yearly weather is like.

Spring - March to May
Early Spring
Daily High Temperature: 35 - 45 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 25 - 35 degrees
It rains (obviously), flowers bloom, leaves start growing on trees again.
Late Spring
Daily High Temperature: 55 - 65 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 45 - 55 degrees
Summer - June to August
Early Summer
Daily High Temperature: 55 - 65 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 45 - 65 degrees
We get thunderstorms that roll through between 6 PM and Midnight. It can
often go from clear sky, to cloudy, to thunderstorm, back to cloudy, back to
clear sky and bone dry streets and sidewalks; and all that happens in 15 to
20 minutes. We have something we call the dog days of summer. It's usually
the last 2 weeks of August.
Late Summer
Daily High Temperature: 85 - 100 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 75 - 85 degrees
Fall - September to November
Early Fall
Daily High Temperature: 85 - 95 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 75 - 85 dgrees
It's basically the exact opposite of Spring. The flowers wilt, the leaves
change color and fall, and it rains.
Late Fall
Daily High Temperature: 55 - 65 degrees
Nightly Low Temprature: 45 - 65 degrees
Winter - December to February
Early Winter
Daily High Temperature: 55 - 65 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 45 - 65 degrees
In winter it gets cold (obviously). In December specifically, here in
Mecklenburg County it does not snow unless we get a cold snap and yet the
weather man says there's an absolute 0% chance for snow. When it does snow,
we don't just get snow; we get snow, cold liquid rain, and sleet. In January
and February, we get ice storms. We may get a "large" ice storm which will
cut the power and shut down businesses for somewhere between 4 and 6 days. We
may get two "medium" ice storms that cut the power and shut down businesses
for somewhere between 2 and 4 days each. We may get three "small ice storms
that may, or may not, cut the power, but may shut down businesses for
somewhere between 24 and 48 hours. We North Carolinians don't usually drive
in icy conditions, because most of us don't know how. The likelihood of any
of these sizes of storms happening is as follows.
30% of the time, we get a "large" ice storm.
30% of the time, we get two "medium" ice storms.
30% of the time, we get three "small" ice storms.
The other 10% of the time, we get a cold rain at most.
Late Winter
Daily High Temperature: 35 - 45 degrees
Nightly Low Temperature: 25 - 35 degrees

Draughts here are not that bad. But, they tend to come and go in trends. In the 1990's we had a draught that lasted 5 years. But, it only consisted of 5 years of slightly less than average rainfall. But then, when that 5 years were over, we had 5 years of slightly more than average rainfall. So, that means that over the course of that decade our rainfall was about average.

The thing is, this has been our weather pattern here in Mecklenburg County for as far back as I can remember. It's been this way for as far back as my parents can remember, and for as far back as my grandparents could've remembered. So, we've had the same basic weather patterns here for the past 80 years, at least. So, that proves that Global Warming is rubbish. Now, I'm NOT saying you should go out there and litter and not recycle. You should recycle, and you shouldn't litter. But, what I am saying is that you need to look at the big picture before you go crying wolf. And please, don't listen to anything Al Gore says. He just wants you to give him your money.

One county is a pretty massive sample size for evidence to support your hypothesis. Oh... wait...

well, 1) that's what "scientists" who are pro-global warming have done. and 2) if you really want to prove me wrong, then you'll have to look at the climate data for the whole planet to be anywhere near correct.

Heystack,
A century of retreating global glacier mass and polar ice is a strong signal for global warming. (Climate change is measured in decades, not years, so a few years of counter trends do not refute many decades of change in one direction.)
Retreat of glaciers since 1850 - Wikipedia
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retreat_of_glaciers_since_1850
Glacier mass balance - Wikipedia
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_mass_balance
UNEP: Global Outlook for Ice and Snow
- http://www.unep.org/geo/geo_ice/
Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)
- http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/index.php/education_toc/
View the Extreme Ice Survey on Google Earth (EIS)
- http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/index.php/see_our_cameras/
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) FAQ
- http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/faq.html

Food for thought:
Remember the experiment of heating a flask of ice and water over a bunsen burner. At first the temperature barely rises, then when the ice is gone, the water temperature rises rapidly. Along with rising sea level, glacier lake floods, water shortages and reduced solar reflection, losing ice heat sinks is another risk from melting glaciers.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latent_heat

For those readers who want to anticipate arguments presented by climate change deniers, here is a good resource
- http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

Addendum 1 (11/28/2011):
World Glacier Monitoring Service
http://www.geo.uzh.ch/microsite/wgms/
glacier mass balance data 2008 and 2009
http://www.wgms.ch/mbb/sum09.html
links related to WGMS and glacier monitoring
http://www.geo.uzh.ch/microsite/wgms/links.html

Addendum 2 (12/04/2011):
ICIMOD, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
New Reports Identify Impacts of Climate Change on World's Highest Mountains (Dec 4, 2011)
http://www.icimod.org/?q=5934
ICIMOD is based in Kathmandu, Nepal and serves eight regional member countries (RMCs) of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan area -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan

jwalling
the ice packs have been going through cycles of growth and shrinking for millions of years. there's no evidence to suggest that even if the ice caps are currently shrinking that at some point the cycle won't start over and they'll grow again. do your research. find a map of the arctic ice sheet from 1898 (it actually exists) and compare it to nasa's satellite map of the arctic from 1998. you'll be surprised at the conclusions that can be drawn. the thames river (which flows through london) would regularly freeze over with ice thick enough to support an entire market as recently as the 1870s. now al gore is telling us the earth is getting too hot. however, back in the 1970s he was telling us the earth was getting too cold. that leads me to believe that, if he was correct both times, the earths climate is not effected by what we do. or at least not to the extent that some would have us believe. and lastly, wikipedia! really?! wikipedia is about as good a source as your local neighborhood crazy person who yells at the street signs.

Haystack,

Ruling out Arctic and Antarctic ice changes to limit this discussion:

1. Do you think the total global glacier ice mass has been shrinking significantly for the past century? (Yes/No/Inconclusive)

2. Do you think changes in total global glacier ice mass in the past century is within the range of natural fluctuations seen in the past 1000 years? (Yes/No/Inconclusive)

Please provide links to scientific resources that support your conclusions.

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My approach is this: Is there a real climate trend? Is that trend statistically significant compared to a longer time period in the adjacent past? What are the possible causes for the change? What is the role of green house gases, planet albedo, etc? What part of the trend is caused by human activity?

There is a significant risk that we are seeing the compound effects of human generated CO2 and natural climate cycles. An analogy is adding a one pound lead weight to a 100 pound woman attempting to swim the English Channel.

I only know what scientists tell me. Only thing is, the only scientists I'm hearing from are ones who calmly and rationally explain that the ice sheets go through shrinking/growth cycles and that there is no evidence that what we humans do has that large of an effect on the ice sheets. Everytime I hear someone express the opposite view, 1) they are not a scientist of any kind and 2) they express it by shouting irrationally. So, I'm more inclined to believe the scientist who presents his case calmly and rationally. The thing is though, I sadly can't provide links to scientific resources on the internet to support my conclusions. The reason is, honestly, I can't find them. I'm sure that there are scientific resources out there because I listen to scientists who share my views talk about the resources all the time. However, I don't know if these studies the scientists quote ever end up on the internet. Sadly, news companies don't want to publish articles that detail opinions that disagree with man-made global warming on the internet. And scientists who disagree with man-made global warming often don't get a lot of funding, so often their research doesn't end up on the internet. And instead, they get published in some super obscure science journal and only ends up on print.