Sustainability

Weather Doesn’t Equal Climate

Those who are critical of climate change will argue how it could be so cold this winter if the Earth’s atmosphere is indeed heating up. This is because weather isn’t the same things as climate.

Currently the east coast is being plagued with freezing temperatures, snow and whipping winds as a result of a ‘bomb cyclone.’ The president of the United States took this an opportunity to refute global warming, tweeting “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Ever on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

This, however, is not a decent argument against climate change, because weather only represents the daily conditions of the atmosphere, whereas climate represents the behavior of the atmosphere over time. Global warming is not something that is assumed based off one or two storms. Rather, scientist have gathered data over time, and concluded that the 10 hottest on record have happened in the last 21 years. What’s more this that the U.S. experienced almost three times as many record high temperatures as record low temperatures in 2017. These continued high temperatures are what alter the jet stream, causing erratic weather patterns to occur — so climate change is definitely more complicated than many make it out to be.