No, Snow in Minnesota Does Not Prove Globe Isn’t Warming

The Story:

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), announced that she is running for President, in an address made out of doors in Minneapolis on February 10. Unsurprisingly, the event was freezing and snowy. Surprisingly, that weather itself became the story.

A Presidential Tweet:

The day after Klobuchar’s announcement, President Trump tweeted his amusement. Klobuchar, he said had been “talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures!”

That tweet set off a storm in all media (traditional, new, and social). Zamira Rahim, writing in The Independent (UK): “Conflating weather and climate change is a common error.” Klobuchar’s response to POTUS was consistent with Rahim’s: “Science is on my side … Looking forward to debating you about climate change. “

The Thing to Know:

There is plenty of room for arguments about a number of questions related to climate, atmospheric warming, and the appropriate human/policy response. There is no real room for argument about the fact that the globe has been warming in recent decades. Quite mundane facts such as the market for flood insurance, the suitability of various locales to specific crops, and the increasing ease of navigation along the northern shore of Siberia, all attest to that.

Such facts don’t change because it continues to snow in February in Minnesota.

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