They may have their tongues in cheek (it's hard to tell), but the editors of the Chapel Hill Herald today told us that "We know all about global warming. We just don't believe it."
The reason for this leap into irrationality: the several snow events that we've had this winter.
The Herald appears to be committing the common error of confusing climate with weather. Weather is the state of the climate at a given time and place. Climate describes long term weather patterns. Global warming is about climate change. Yesterdayâ€™s storm was the weather.
Among the impacts of climate change are increases in and changing patterns of precipitation. Increased precipitation during the winter, even at a degree or two warmer, will usually result in more snow.
Even the Heraldâ€™s own notion of using isolated weather events to rebut the worldâ€™s scientific community does not stand-up. One could as easily have argued that, without global warming, yesterdayâ€™s slush and freezing rain would instead have been snow. In other words, we can conclude that our own weather experience is consistent with global warming.
But they were only kidding, Iâ€™m sure.