Hell just froze over


More or less literally:
The Sahara Desert experienced its first snowfall in thirty-seven years, according to images taken Monday afternoon. 
It is the first time since February 1979 that snow has fallen in Ain Sefra, Algeria, a town in the Sahara Desert, the Daily Mail reports. 
The last time it snowed in the area, the snow lasted for about an hour. This time, the snow remained for a day. 
Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer, captured the images of the snowfall on the red sand dunes. 
“Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the dessert [sic], it is such a rare occurrence,” Bouchetata said. “It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos,” he added. 
The Telegraph reports that snow on sand dunes is rare, but is a more common occurrence on Saharan mountain ranges. 
The Sahara Desert spans across most of Northern Africa and has shifted in temperature throughout the past hundred-thousand years. 
Experts say the desert will become green again in about 15,000 years.
Undoubtedly this is due to the fact that we evil, horrible, no good, very bad hoomints are driving around in our big giant SUVs, which clearly run by clubbing baby seals to death and use diced polar bears as engine lubricant.

And before any ecomentalist is stupid enough to bring up that silly canard about how rising global temperatures can cause decidedly odd weather patterns and that one cannot reasonably argue that snow falling in the desert is evidence of global cooling- yes, I am aware of that argument.

None of this changes the reality that the actual "science" behind global warming is deeply suspect and is more ideology than fact at this point.

Indeed, here's a little thought experiment. Let's say we leave ideology out of it for a bit, and instead of leaving science to "scientists", we approach the question of whether Man is causing global climate anomalies to people who actually have experience in testing hypotheses against real-world data- which is to say, let's leave it up to the engineers.

(Despite their occasional cock-ups, as detailed in that video- credit to LastRedoubt for finding it, way back in the day- engineers are likely more trustworthy than your average scientists. If a scientist screws up, a quark remains undiscovered or some miserable-looking Amazonian slug gets misclassified; if an engineer screws up, quite often people die.)

So what happened when one engineer in particular- a chap named Burt Rutan, perhaps you've heard of him?- decided to test the hypothesis that global warming, insofar as such a thing exists and is measurable, is due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions?

Well... this.

Simply put, the cause for global warming is not Mankind. It is that great honking ball of fire up there in the sky, which you can see if you are so inclined by pointing your eyes at the brightest source of light available anywhere during the day.

This isn't terribly hard to figure out- unless, of course, you're a climate scientist, or Al Gore. The reality of climate modeling is that it is a remarkably imprecise science, and most of the supposedly "cutting-edge" climate models are so miserably bad at making any kinds of decent predictions that you could in theory do better by just looking at sunspot activity to figure out what next year's climate will be like.

Which, of course, is precisely what one enterprising Brit- chap by the name of Piers Corbyn, who is rather amusingly the brother of British Labour leader and all-round loony lefty Jeremy. He was able to make at least some money off his enterprise (though his company did exit the weather-betting market due to excessive losses- so his predictive models aren't that good).

Maybe, instead of paying attention to climate doomsayers who think that all of humanity- or at least, the industrialised modern Western bits of it- should don sackcloths and cover themselves in ashes and give up our highly advanced, highly civilised lifestyles in penance to avoid some kind of mythical eco-catastrophe, we should adopt a little bit more common sense, a little bit more humility, and accept that perhaps the Universe is just a tad more mysterious than we realise?

After all, we now have actual photographic evidence from a part of Earth that is about as close to Gehenna as you're ever going to get, showing that it can, in fact, snow in Hell.

Next thing we know, we'll be seeing pigs flying outside of our office windows...

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