The Irony: 6 Straight Days of Record Cold Grips Cancun During the Global Warming Conference

Posted: December 15, 2010 in global warming fraud, global warming hoax
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Excuse me while I giggle to myself for a moment.

As the United Nations opened its latest conference on global warming, Mother Nature sent snowstorms and freezing temperatures that disrupted travel all across Europe and much of the Northern Hemisphere. Even Cancun, Mexico’s sunny resort city that hosted the confab, was not spared the chill. The UN summit, known as COP16 (the 16th Conference of Parties on global warming), concluded Saturday morning after an all-night marathon session. Cancun may not have experienced blizzards and ice, but it did, nevertheless, get hammered with record low temps for the month of December.

Last week I reported on the record low temperature recorded for a single day in December during the Cancun global warming conference.  I should have waited because the record cold lasted for 6 consecutive days.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts, who runs the global warming skeptic blog “Watts Up With That?,” couldn’t resist rubbing it in. In a December 10 posting, entitled “Gore Effect” on Steroids: Six straight days of record low temperatures during COP16 in Cancun Mexico — more coming, Watts wrote:

The irony, it burns. Do you think maybe Gaia is trying to send the U.N. and the delegates a message? One record low was funny, three in a row was hilarious, a new record low for the month of December was ROFL [Rolling On Floor Laughing], but now six straight days of record lows during the U.N. COP16 Global Warming conference? That’s galactically inconvenient. The whole month so far has averaged below normal…

How cold did it get? Temps were in the low 50s (Fahrenheit), for the most part, so no one got frostbite. Not bone-chilling, but also not the bikini temperatures and margaritas-on-the-beach experience most snowbirds are expecting when they ditch frigid Oslo, London, and Kalamazoo for Mexico’s fabled sunny clime. Watts shows the official low temperatures for the past six days of the conference (December 5-10) and then matches them with the recorded historic lows for the same dates. The conference dates either tied the record lows or were lower by 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s the temperatures (in Fahrenheit) for COP16 dates and the record lows:

December                             COP16                      Record Low        
5th                                          51                              51
6th                                          53                              53
7th                                          53                              57
8th                                          50                              50
9th                                          59                              64
10th                                        55                              60

“It is likely we will see a full week, possibly 8 days of record lows, and another new all time record low for the month of December is possible also,” says Anthony Watts.

This recent cold wave in Cancun has already added to the lore of the “Gore Effect,” which is defined in the Urban Dictionary as:

The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming.

Poor Al Gore. He doesn’t even have to show up at a global warming event anymore for record cold  — often accompanied by paralyzing blizzards —  to dampen, or even cancel, the event.   Al “Mr. Global Warming” Gore didn’t show up in Cancun. Perhaps that was by design, since his appearance at last year’s Copenhagen summit coincided with the arrival of record cold temperatures and snow storms that forced U.S. House Speaker and her congressional delegation to leave Denmark early — to avoid being snowed in. Even many members of the huge press pool at the Copenhagen summit, almost all of whom were solidly in Al Gore’s AGW (anthropogenic global warming) camp, couldn’t resist joking about the phenomenon.
As delegates and NGO activists at Cancun insisted that the planet is overheating, millions of people were being deluged with snow and shivering in some of the coldest weather in a century. An extended headline for the U.K.’s Daily Mail on December 9 read:

Now the Army moves in to clear away snow in coldest December for 100 years as fuel runs out at petrol stations in Scotland and East Anglia

British columnist/blogger James Delingpole at The Telegraph  aimed this satirical barrage at the global warming alarmists in Cancun — and in the media:

As your boiler breaks down, your pipes freeze, your car won’t start, your Ocado delivery fails to arrive, your train is cancelled, your neck is broken after slipping on black ice and you lie in an emergency ward waiting for a doctor to turn up only to learn that they’re all off today because of the weather, you might be forgiven for thinking that all this has something to do with global cooling, changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the decline in sunspot activity perhaps auguring a new Maunder minimum.

But, of course, you would be wrong, says Delingpole, in his acerbic parody; the “experts” will assure us that all this freezing mayhem is the result of global warming.

  1. Aaron Aarons says:

    The question is not whether the temperature in Cancun or Europe is hot or cold this week or next, but the slow increase in the average global temperature. Leaving aside the hypothesis of global climate instability due to long-term warming, that warming — which, according to most people who believe it’s happening at all, is presently less than 0.05C per year — is not going to produce a noticeable change in the frequency or severity of extreme weather incidents from year to year or even from decade to decade.

    On the other hand, global warming models do generally predict a general increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather incidents, and relatively large changes in local and regional climates. Given the slow rate of generalized global warming, the destabilization of climates will produce about as many extremely cold conditions as extremely hot ones.

    In other words, the unusually cold weather situations you are gloating over do nothing — nothing! — to disprove global warming.

    • Yikes. You miss my point(s). I regularly post record low temperatures here because every time a heat wave strikes somewhere on the planet the global warming people are quick to relate it to CO2. This is my antidote to those on the other side who confuse weather with climate. The other point you missed is the comical nature of this occurrence. Really, you have to admit that it is funny that record low temperatures were taking place in the very city that was hosting the global warming conference. Finally, it is not my intention or my job to disprove global warming. The onus is on those making extraordinary claims to provide the proof. There is no empirical evidence that proves that anything that man is doing is in any way altering natural climate variability. I need to prove nothing. By the way, correlations are not proof. Right now I am reviewing a paper showing a very strong correlation between geomagnetic fluctuations and global temperatures. It is interesting but again, proves nothing.

      • Aaron Aarons says:

        Thanks for your reply.

        Please respond, if you will, regarding which of the following assertions are or are not proven to your satisfaction, at least to a high degree of confidence in their truth:

        1) Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are increasing and have been increasing over the last 100 years or more.

        2) Burning of fossil fuels, destruction of forests and other human activities contribute substantially to the increase in atmospheric CO2.

        3) Increased CO2 causes an increase of the average temperature of the earth’s seas, land and air relative to what that temperature would be without the increased CO2, even if other countervailing phenomena such as sunspots and human-generated particulate pollution may prevent such warming from taking place over certain periods of time.

        By the way, what’s far more significant than the cold wave about Cancun as the site of the conference is that the creation of the tourist resort there was and is a major environmental crime, having little or nothing to do with global warming.

      • 1. Yes, but over geologic time they have been much greater. During the Ordovician CO2 levels were 1000% higher and the earth was in a massive ice age! C02 in today’s atmosphere is just about the lowest it has ever been in geologic time. Even in historical times the earth has been warmer with much lower levels of atmospheric CO2: Minoan Warm Period, Roman Warm Period, Medieval Warm Period.
        2. I don’t know. What does substantially mean? See note #1
        3. I don’t know. It is not that simple. See note #1.

        BTW, I agree with your point about Cancun. Years ago the hotels there dumped their raw sewage directly into the bay via a long underwater pipe. I remember seeing some pretty nasty stuff floating around about a mile off shore. Still, I liked the place and sowed a lot of wild oats there when I was younger. Ah, memories.

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