Al Gore recently declared that weather is the same as climate while pointing out that it's really cold in the Northeast.
Despite climatologists repeatedly saying that a few cold days in a row doesn't mean global warming isn't happening, Gore — perhaps the most highly paid amateur climatologist in the world — said recently on Twitter that the brief cold snap (very brief — it'll be 60 degrees in Washington, D.C. on Friday) is clear evidence of "climate change."
So now comes even MORE evidence that the Earth is warming at an alarming rate.
"Sahara Desert covered in 15 inches of SNOW as freak weather blankets sand dunes," said a Monday headline in the U.K.'s Express.
More than 15 inches (40cm) has blanketed sand dunes across the small town of Ain Sefra, Algeria.
It is the second time snow has hit in nearly 40 years, with a dusting also recorded in December 2016.
But this snowfall which hit yesterday, is much deeper than the fleeting shower little more than a year ago.
Locals, who endure temperatures of 37C in summer, were stunned as dense snow settled on the town, known as ‘the gateway to the desert’.
Take a look at the great pictures here.
It's been a cold winter in places where's it's winter, and a hot summer in places where it's summer. In Australia, temperatures topped 110 degrees, while in the Northeast, Niagara Falls has frozen, as has Cape Cod Bay. Several spots have received more than 100 inches of snow already (but remember, it is, uh, winter).
The two are connected, by the way. The cold front that's been moving over the United States moved east and "was pulled down south in to North Africa over the weekend as a result of high pressure over Europe," the Express said.
Gore is saying this "weather" we're having proves that the "climate" is changing.
But the former vice president, you'll remember, famously said “the entire North Polarized cap will disappear in 5 years." That was in 2008 and it never happened — in fact, “Ice growth during November 2017 averaged 30,900 square miles per day,” according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That's nearly the size of Portugal.
In the piece referenced in Gore's tweet, Dr. Michael Mann explains why the bitter cold and snowy conditions gripping the U.S. are "an example of precisely the sort of extreme winter weather we expect because of climate change," the article says.
The piece concludes, "So, to the climate change doubters and deniers out there, the unusual weather we’re seeing this winter is in no way evidence against climate change. It is an example of precisely the sort of extreme winter weather we expect because of climate change."
So, not global warming, right? Unless a few hot days in a row is evidence of global warming, just like a few cold days is evidence of, global warming?
Oh, it's all so confusing. It's weather, er, climate. Or weather, to Gore.
And maybe Gore's just like every other weatherman out there — only right about 3 out of 10 times.