Western Streams Resisting Non-existing Climate Change

Russ Steele

I love to read the KQED Climate Change blog, that is were I go to get my daily chuckles on what our lefty environmentalist wackos are up to this week. And, this week they did not disappoint with this study of western streams that are resisting climate change by not following the computer models.

Study: Western Streams Resist Influence of a Warming Climate

Hot Creek, near Mammoth Lakes, was one of 20 streams in the Western U.S. examined in a study by Oregon State researchers who found no clear relationship between increasing air temperatures and stream temperatures.

Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, intensifying storm events – evidence is mounting that the effects of a warming planet will be far-reaching and potentially catastrophic. But one natural system may be more resilient than others when it comes to global warming: mountain streams.

Researchers from Oregon State University report in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that small streams in the western United States have not heated up in response to the region’s warming air temperatures.

You can read the rest of this academic non-sense HERE. First, lets dispel the non-sense about rising sea levels, melting glaciers and intensifying storms.  Check out the charts HERE. Sea levels have been rising at regular rate since the Little Ice Age, in Africa, Asia, New Zealand,  South America and California glaciers are growing, and there has been no increase in storm intensity, and we are now at record levels for no hurricanes striking the US.  Where do these people get their scientific information, the New York Times?

Now lets get to those stream that are resisting the rise in Sierra temperatures. What if the real reason they have avoided any climate change influence is that there has not been any climate change?  Temperatures have been essential flat for more than ten years globally.

The following figure shows the annual mean temperature anomalies for the two 5×5 degree grids covering the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. — western Oregon and Washington from 1900 to 2007. This data is from the Hadley Climatic Research Unit (HadCRU) as used by the IPCC.

The following figure shows the average annual temperature anomalies for the average of the four 5×5 degree grids covering California for 1930 – 2009 (indicated in yellow on the map).

Two grid charts above are from Global Warming Science

The report rattles on:

“It is a small set and we are trying not to extrapolate too much from this data. But some streams in our study seem to be getting warmer,” lead author Ivan Arismendi told me. “Others are getting cooler and some have not changed much at all. But our data suggests that warming air temperatures are not having a corresponding effect on streams.”

It just could be that there has been no significant warming in the Sierra for over 80 years.  I wonder if these academic idiots thought of that as a solution and not have assumed that the there has been significant warming just because the computer models indicated there should have been warming, where in reality none existed.

 . . . the research will continue, focusing on current computer models used to predict how streams will respond to a warming climate.  “Most of the predictions in the models are based on a correlation [between air and stream temperature],” says Arismendi. “So we are trying to test how good those models are for specific sites.”

I think it would help if these folks got out of the computer modeling labs and took a look at some real world temperatures before they embarrass themselves some more.  If there was no warming, there would be no response from the streams.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Western Streams Resisting Non-existing Climate Change

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Those shameless rascally skeptics have a project to hack into the Oregon State researchers computers, find out which streams they are monitoring and where the readings are taken and dump ice cubes in the streams upstream of the thermometers. Financial support is by Big Oil and the Koch Brothers of course.

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