The news has infrequently indicated that our friends in Europe and Asia are having a brisk winter this year. This is in stark contrast with the constant news reports about 2012 being the warmest year on record for the continental United States.
Since late November the country has shivered at an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.So what is my point? Simply that our media tends to focus on weather stories that support their general narrative. In this case, stories that support the narrative that human activity are the primary force behind increasing global temperatures get pushed to the top of the heap. These stories are prominently placed regardless of whether or not the weather they report really has anything to do with the larger issues of climate science.
Conversely, those that undermine the narrative are pushed aside.
What does it mean when the U.S. has the warmest year on record, but Asia and Europe go through a colder than normal winter? Beats me. We had a warm one. They are in the midst of a cold one. You suppose they might cancel one another out on a global basis? I suppose they might.
But the better conclusion is that it is far more important to get news in a complete context.