Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Global Warming's Children

There's been a lot of discussion in the news lately about El Niño (the little boy) and La Niña (the little girl). Each phenomena is being blamed on global warming, each is claimed to be more severe and long-lasting than in previous years and each is going to cause either drought or flood depending on where you live.

El Niño and La Niña alternate in cycles, El Niño lasts approximately two years but La Nina's span is shorter, not more than a year usually. El Niño signifying a warming of the waters of the Pacific and La Nina signifying a cooling of same. The phenomena has been recorded for at least 300 years.

Today I read in the Times Online that La Niña is going to change the world's climate. Just yesterday I read that global warming was making El Niño stronger in Australia and it has been in strong five year cycles for 30 years, due to global warming. Today they have changed their minds and it is no longer El Niño causing the drought in Australia, it's just global warming.

This is the news these days, ubiquitous stories about weather patterns, some already known to occur for at least 300 years (and probably occurring for thousands of years before man observed them at sea) and the implication that any weather - mild, severe, hot or cold is a direct result of global warming.

Is it possible that anyone knows more than a fraction of the equation of weather patterns and climate? Although their data and theories all clash and flip-flop, they are all shoved into a big box called "climate change" by the politically correct and "anthropogenic global warming" by the passionate activists.

I decided to look for these stronger El Niño patterns and I found this. This chart of the El Niño and La Niña occurrences since 1950 show that 5-year overlapping cycles occurred with regularity and some were hotter and some were colder than present.

If the global warming theorists don't watch out, they will find they have overplayed their hand. People can be moved by fear up for only so long. There is a saturation point where apathy completely takes over. A lot of people have reached that point already.

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