The devastating storms seen in this year’s hurricane season have prompted climate change believers to cite these events as evidence of global warming. But shocking weather in California suggests otherwise.
According to the LA Times, the town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada mountains received a surprising snowfall on Thursday–the last day of summer and a month earlier than anticipated. Residents of Mammoth Lakes woke up to three inches of snow, requiring the use of plows to clear the roads.
As NPR noted, snow usually arrives in the Sierra Nevada in late October. People in the affected towns found themselves facing unexpected snowfall. Roads were slick, leading drivers to exercise caution.
Snow and hail provoked a 16-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Cisco Grove, CA. The accident left one man dead. Several other drivers were treated for minor injuries. Even state officials were shocked to see snow this early in the year.
Liza Whitmore, a representative of the California Department of Transportation, said, “This is the earliest we’ve had this kind of snowfall. Last year, the first big snowfall wasn’t until the end of October. It’s always a challenge.”
The news of an early snow is seemingly at odds with the views of climate change science. As the pro-climate change website Skeptical Science asserted, global temperatures are still rising. However, humans have yet to see the change, with incidents like early Sierra Nevada snow demonstrating cooler weather.
Climate change advocates would be reticent to base scientific conclusions on a single abnormality. But interestingly, believers in global warming have done just that in their recent descriptions of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as proof of climate change.
A recent article by CNN alleged that climate change made Harvey and Irma worse. And The Guardian published a piece blaming Trump’s decision to overturn an Obama-era policy for harming the Americans who were hit by storms.
The writer of The Guardian article was clear in holding Trump morally accountable for the people who have died, been injured, or lost their homes this hurricane season: “The president’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida may escape Irma’s wrath, but with the deaths of so many Americans, and billions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, the costs of climate change denial are beginning to pile up at the door of the White House.”
Media publications weren’t the only ones to point an accusatory finger at the president. As seen at the Huffington Post, singer Beyonce released a video linking Harvey to climate change in a statement many took as a challenge to President Trump. As Fox News reported, actress Jennifer Lawrence also took aim at Trump, calling the hurricanes “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath” for Americans electing the Republican president.
Theories abound about the weird weather. Is it global warming?
But as seen on Twitter, Beyonce strangely went on to list the recent 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico as further evidence of climate change–despite plate tectonics and weather being completely separate phenomena.
The recent celebrity hype prompted climatologist Roy Spencer to author the best-selling 50-page ebook Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed on Global Warming, as reported by The Washington Times.
Spencer’s message to celebrities will resound with anyone who has lived for an extended period of time in a hurricane zone: “This isn’t what human-caused climate change looks like. It’s what weather looks like.”