WEATHER IS THE KEY AFTER ALL
By Stephen Wilde
What is the proper scientific attitude toward new ideas? Here’s what philosopher of science Karl Popper had to say:
“If you are interested in the problem which I tried to solve by my tentative assertion, you may help me by criticizing it as severely as you can; and if you can design some experimental test which you think might refute my assertion, I shall gladly, and to the best of my powers, help you to refute it.”
It is commonly said that weather and climate are entirely separate so that global temperature trends cannot be discerned from day to day weather.
Against that we all know that as soon as an exceptional event occurs there are those who cannot resist announcing that it is a sign of global warming. Indeed, it has been suggested that global warming results in more extremes of every kind including exceptional cold spells.
Well, I’ve got a significant advantage on this issue because I have been around and very weather and climate aware for over 50 years. I have been watching and noting day to day weather since a time when everyone else was so fatalistic about such things that an interest in the subject was more likely to be regarded as a sign of mental deficiency. Perhaps they were right and it still is.