If it’s cold outside, it proves global warming is false, right? That seems to be President Donald Trump’s logic, according to his tweet last night. Vox found a map from the University of Maine‘s Climate Change Institute showing just how incorrect the president is.
Trump tweeted the East could experience the coldest New Year’s Eve on record – and then proceeded with his usual divisive commentary calling for some “good old global warming.” First off, as Vox pointed out, weather and climate are two different things. Weather is when you wake up in the morning and it’s two degrees Fahrenheit out and you really don’t want to get out of bed. Climate, on the other hand, refers to prevailing weather conditions over a long period of time.
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
University of New South Wales climate scientist Matthew England told The Guardian, “Nobody ever said winter would go away under global warming, but winter has become much milder and the record cold days are being far outnumbered by record warm days and heat extremes. Climate change is not overturned by a few unusually cold days in the U.S.”
The University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer map shows daily temperature anomalies compared against a 1979 to 2000 baseline. The world was around 0.5 degrees Celsius – or around one degree Fahrenheit – warmer on average compared against the baseline, even though areas in North America are 10 or more degrees below average, according to Vox. The Antarctic is 0.6 degrees Celsius, or 1.08 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer, while the Arctic is 2.8 degrees Celsius, or around 5.04 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer.
1) There is a difference between #weather and #climate.
2) Short-term #cold snaps will continue to occur in a warming climate.
3) 2017 will likely be a top three warmest year on record for the globe.
(Graphic: Univ. of Maine – Climate Change Institute) https://t.co/kzuugeXi80 pic.twitter.com/gueOsp4yvu
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 29, 2017
The Weather Channel issued a tweet after Trump’s explaining that climate and weather are different, and saying there will still be short-term cold snaps in a warming climate. Plus, 2017 is in the running to be one of the top three warmest years on record.
UPDATE: Inhabitat’s article originally stated 0.5 degrees Celsius translated to nearly 33 degrees Fahrenheit; readers pointed out while true for absolute temperature, for a temperature difference an increase of 0.5 degrees Celsius actually equates to an increase of around one degree Fahrenheit, and an increase of 0.6 degrees Celsius would be around 1.08 degrees Fahrenheit.
This article was updated January 2 at 8:15 AM.