John Hinderaker @ Powerline:
Early in the summer, a heat wave in the U.S. caused hysteria to break out among climate alarmists and their media enablers. The Associated Press headlined, “This US summer is ‘what global warming looks like.’”
Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in fire-charred Colorado, said these are the very record-breaking conditions he has said would happen, but many people wouldn’t listen. So it’s I told-you-so time, he said. …
“What we’re seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like,” said Princeton University geosciences and international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer. “It looks like heat. It looks like fires. It looks like this kind of environmental disasters.”
Sure. Of course, there is nothing new about heat in the summer or forest fires. But hysteria was rampant, amid claims, which we ridiculed, that global warming was causing street lights to melt.
The worm inevitably turns: currently most of the U.S. is experiencing unusually cool weather. Some parts of northern Minnesota have already gotten more than a foot of snow. (Not here in the Minneapolis suburbs, thankfully.) A reader at Watts Up With That went to the trouble of charting the high and low temperature records that were set during the week of October 1 through October 8. (You might not realize this from news coverage, but high and low temperature records are being set, somewhere, all the time.) First the data: