Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

President Trump tweets about cold temperatures in Midwest

President Trump tweets about cold temperatures in Midwest

Since parts of the American Midwest are now experiencing the lowest temperatures in two decades, global warming is not really a thing, right?

The New York Times, for example, filled the top of its website with coverage of the Midwest's polar plunge, including one prominent article that claims record heat in Australia and record cold in the USA were two sides of the global warming coin.

The polar vortex, which sent sub-zero temperatures Wednesday through the Upper Midwest, has also fueled the debate over whether extreme cold weather is the result of climate change driven by increased atmospheric emissions. "People can't last outside even for minutes", he tweeted this afternoon.

Donald Trump continues to flaunt his complete inability to grasp the concept of global warming.

Or, to use an analogy Trump might appreciate, weather is how much money you have in your pocket today, whereas climate is your net worth.

"What people are starting to ask is, if you weaken the jet stream, does that mean we are going to have more, stronger excursions of the polar vortex?"

Added John Allen, a meteorologist and climate scientist at Central Michigan University, "The way to think about this is kind of like what you had for breakfast each day, as compared to what you usually have eaten for breakfast over your entire life".

But: Experts advise that the cold snap doesn't debunk global warming, according to NBC News. It's dumb that we're in a position where the leader of the free world doesn't appear to know the different between weather, which fluctuates, and climate, which is a broader trend over time, but here we are. The Arctic air, with brisk winds, can lead to dangerously cold wind chill values. And as this week's storm is set to be a record-breaking event. These are the features of a warming world, and it's important to take the whole Earth into account, not just our local area.

"Climate change makes extreme weather more frequent and more intense", tweeted Mr. Bloomberg.

- People of Reason and Progress (@TheOfficialPORP) January 29, 2019Stop asking Betsy DeVos to explain climate change to you. The four warmest years on historical record, in terms of overall global average temperatures, were the last four years, Easterling said.

He posted a few more similar tweets following his November 21 post above, with similar messages: "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record".

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