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The Iceman Cometh

By Joe Bastardi · Dec. 22, 2012

In the spirit of the season I will limit comments on my opponents on the other side of the climate issue, except to say they probably should have kept quiet on how warm it's been. It seems like every time they use the U.S. as an example of global warming – particularly laughable this winter when much of the land masses of the Northern Hemisphere are well below normal – the weather turns around and silences them. Another example of that will occur over the next few weeks.

The cold is not only coming, but like some other winters that started warm (meteorological winter actually starts December 5, the 3 month coldest period of the year, so we're about 20% through) it's coming with a fury that will be much more like the winters 2 and 3 years ago, than last year's blowtorch. In a classic balancing act of Mother Nature, the heat of July in the central part of the U.S. may be rivaled by the cold in January that sets in. In fact, the overall pattern looks opposite of last winter.

But that's nature. While you have been bombarded with talk of warmth, it's been very cold overall in the Northern Hemisphere. And now it's time for the U.S. to become one of the epicenters of cold. It's similar to reversals we've seen before. If you recall the winter of 1993-1994, most of us were wondering if there would be winter in mid-December, but by mid-January much of the nation was encased in snow and ice.

So as we slide into and through the Holiday Season, I want you to know that, yes, we are going to have a winter this year, and indeed the Iceman cometh. And somehow the AGW crowd will try to paint the cold that comes into the nation, and right in time for the Holiday Season, as something that is a sign of global warming.

You know, they take a lot of fun out of the weather. It's like the Grinch that stole … climate.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Joe Bastardi is chief forecaster at WeatherBELL Analytics, a meteorological consulting firm.

© Copyright 2012 The Patriot Post


Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

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Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Beesaman in UK SE said:

We seem to have a generation of Manns, Romms, Schmidts etc that just like to take the joy out of everything. Science Scrooges, they do like other people to fund their misery...
Wet here in the UK following a dryish Summer, there's nature's balance in action. No doubt cold will appear after Christmas, as it usually does.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

CANDICE in uK replied:

Hello, you were very lucky to have had a dryish summer in SE UK, it's been the wettest since forever.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Ken in New York, NY said:

Im so tired of this debate. Folks, climate goes in cycles. If you examine sea level curves in textbooks of sedimentary geology, it tells the picture clearly. Small pertubations in individual years or decades mean nothing. We have to think in geologic time when talking about climate change and those intervals are tens of thousands to millions of years. Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Anyone blaming last months warm spell or next months cold spell on climate change is certfied nuts. The fact is no human being will be able to tell if climate change is occuring because it happens so slowly the human lifespan is around 80 years.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Mikey in Southwest Idaho said:

I take no issue with your position on AGW and am not a believer in any of that. On the other hand, I am having a hard time believing there will be any winter in my portion of the northern hemisphere with December's temps at 7.7 degrees above normal thus far and a low this morning of only 41 and a high overnight of 45. The sun has yet to rise. The "normals" are 23 & 36. It has been very warm in both November and December, but not the warmest on record, in fact ranking about 6th warmest at this point. It was warmer when there were far fewer people and cars. I'm just hoping for a little winter for more than one day in ten.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

We've got winter in spades down here. Temperatures are below normal with lows in the 20's. Warmed a bit the last couple of days but the low for Christmas is forecast to be 25F and the low for the 26th to be 19F.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Any truth to the rumor that AlBore, Barry, Reid, Pelosi and company are going to revise the Laws of Physics? I must have fallen asleep in my thermodynamics and heat transfer classes when mans ability to change physical laws was discussed. Maybe I should turn in my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Otter in Southern Ontario said:

Joe, I've been a fan of yours for a very long time (I'm originally from Harrisburg). Good to have your voice out there on the Skeptic side. The Voice of Reason is growing louder!

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Ken in New York, NY replied:

Otter they are talking about a blizzard after Christmas up and down the Eastern Seaboard into Canada ! Lets hope it happens. Only received a very small amount of snow this year and that was back in November.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I live down here in the sunny South and our weather is fairly normal for this time of year. We had a mild winter last year but the year before we set a record for number of days below freezing. If we have so-called global warming wouldn't it stand to reason we would continue to have mild winters? Our summer was normal this year for our part of the country. Shouldn't it have been a record year for high temperatures if things are warming up? It's all a bunch of BS with the idiots totally disregarding the cyclic nature of weather. Just another reason for the government to scare people so they will go along with the Marxist takeover of energy resources.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Dave Eichler in North Pole, AK said:

45 below here. We are having one of the coldest winters in my twenty years up here. Not that that has anything to do with long term climate change. But some warming sure would be nice. 2 or 3 days above zero in the 2 months is getting old and we have 4 months to go.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas said:

Just read a Winter Weather Warning for 12/25: 1 to 2" of snow in North Texas.

As they say about rain in West Texas, "Thet'll be nice fer the youngun's. I don't keer though, I've seed [snow]."

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:43 AM