A shortage of warm

There is “climate change,” and there is climate change, but neither provides much in the way of inspiration:

I think I’m just resentful of being cheated out of a spring yet again and knowing there is nothing I can do about it. No one to complain to, no one to make fix it, just gotta put up with it. I do believe that the climate is changing (I think that can be illustrated quite well by actual science). Like as in Ice Age, Medieval Warm Period kind of change though. Not as in SUV exhaust, carbon pollution, fully solvable by humans kind of change (that is only illustrated well by politically driven consensus, not science). And that, in a way, makes it suck even more. There truly is nothing anyone can do about it. Except move. I’m still pushing for that. I’ll put up with perpetual summer if it means I never have to see lingering winter again.

I think it was Mark Alger who first complained that everyone’s all agog about the temperature of the earth not being what it should be, but nobody has a clue as to what that temperature actually should be.

Addendum: For example:

I submit that this shows that we do not even know the global temperature. I further argue that we cannot know the global temperature in any meaningful fashion, that even if we could construct a network of recording stations of sufficiently high resolution and reliability as to allow us to get an accurate record of global temperatures, the sampling would still be inadequate for determining with any degree of certainty a global “average” temperature, and that, still further, as such the very concept of such an average is thermodynamically meaningless.

As for myself, I usually start thinking kindly things about winter around the second week of August — weather permitting.


  1. Mark Alger »

    6 May 2013 · 9:35 am

    Oh, come on! You’re just fishing for comments! You know very well I didn’t say that first. ::grin::

    Maybe first in your hearing at a time you decided to remember it.

    But I think it was someone on the order of Freeman Dyson who actually introduced ME to the notion that a global average temperature is — to quote myself — thermodynamically meaningless.

    But THIS is original: The best we can say about the record of surface temperatures is that WHEN we’ve looked WHERE we’ve looked, and depending on the end points you choose for the time scale, there MIGHT be an upward trend. To the extent it means anything at all. And if you ignore all the siting bias (which is universally upward, never downward).


  2. Mark Alger »

    6 May 2013 · 9:36 am

    And, for the record, I actually like the weather we’re getting this “spring.”

    In the Ohio valley. Your mileage may vary.


  3. fillyjonk »

    6 May 2013 · 10:51 am

    I am not complaining ONE BIT about it not being 95 degrees yet here.

  4. McGehee »

    6 May 2013 · 12:12 pm

    The gas company isn’t too thrilled we chose last year to move into an all-electric house.

    Then again, our gas account was with the electric co-op.

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