Thursday, August 30, 2007

Most ridiculous item of the day

In the style section of today's Wall Street Journal, Teri Agins writes on climate change:
One of the most surprising effects of climate changes can be found in your closet: With the exception of heavy winter coats and flimsy sundresses, there aren't a lot of truly seasonal clothes in many people's wardrobes anymore.

The move toward seasonless dressing is largely an effect of climate change. In most places in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is getting warmer, and winters are shorter and less extreme, according to the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University in New York. Radley Horton, a climatologist at the center says 11 of the Earth's 12 warmest years since 1890 occurred after 1996. But in recent years, he says, "there are less extreme differentials between seasons," he says.

The problem with this is that the propaganda, at least for the US, is out of date: 5 of the 10 warmest years in the US all occurred before World War II.

Even without updated NASA figures, it is obvious that August in much of the US is still characterized by heat and humidity while January and February still have ice and snow. The idea that the outdoor climate has "changed" enough so we don't need winter scarves or summer short-sleeve shirts rates as the most ridiculous item of the day.

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