Monday, February 22, 2010

Rain or no rain, we have plenty of hot air.

As usual, Best of the Web has an entry that again demonstrates the bias of the media, especially when it comes to reorts on evidence of  global warming.

In June, 2007, a headline in USA Today announced that:

Dry episodes have become so persistent in the West that some scientists and water managers say drought is the "new normal" there. Reinforcing that notion are global-warming projections warning of more and deeper dry spells in the Southwest, although a report in last week's Science magazine challenges the climate models and suggests there will be more rainfall worldwide later this century.
Well, it turns out that later in the century turned out to be just two and a half years away.  In a new report last week USA Today reports:

What a difference a rain makes. The nationwide drought that had farmers, communities and entire states fighting to conserve water has reversed in the most dramatic turnaround since federal scientists began keeping records.

More than 92% of the country is drought-free--the nation's best showing since 1999.

"The lack of drought is extraordinary," said Douglas Le Comte, a meteorologist with the federal Climate Prediction Center.

At the worst of the USA's most recent drought--in August 2007--almost 50% of the country was involved. Currently, about 7% of the country is in a drought, according to federal scientists. The only part of the USA in "extreme" drought is a small fraction of Hawaii.

So, let us see. If USA Today reports that there is a draught than it is evidence of global warming. On the other hand, using this rationale, if USA Today reports that there is no draught anywhere in the continental U.S. shouldn't they see this as evidence of a lack of global warming?

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