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:
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.