Maybe this is why Al Gore is considering a presidential run, according to the climate change theorists the water levels of the great lakes are supposed to be going down, but they are going up much to the chagrin of the global warming freaks
“Faster than ever before.” That’s how one headline from the Weather Channel described current changes in Great Lakes water levels (see video below). But the article itself acknowledged that Lakes Huron and Michigan, which come together in the Straits of Mackinac and so are considered one lake by hydrologists, actually rose faster 65 years ago. So why did the headline writer call the current rise “faster than ever before?”
Those who believe in the climate change hypothesis have been blaming below-average Great Lakes water levels on warming. “Although the period from 1999 to 2013 set fewer records than previous low-water spells, it was repeatedly portrayed by environmentalists and their media allies as clear evidence of climate change.”
But in the second half of 2013 their claims started to get all wet as the water began to rise but as they usually do instead of recognizing the truth–that their claims were nonsense, the climate change freaks now said the increase was evidence of an “extreme weather phenomenon” caused (of course) by global warming.
Never mind that 65 years ago this body of water displayed an even faster rise.
“What we are saying is that the water level increase on Lake Michigan-Huron beginning January 2013 through 2014 is rivaled only by the increase that occurred between January 1950 and December 1951,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit. “The criteria we’re using for comparison are increases over a 24-month period.”
The 1950-51 increase was slightly greater than the recent increase, yet media accounts create the impression that the latter was unique. Some articles that have since been removed from the Internet said precisely that. Others, like the one cited above, tried to have it both ways, suggesting the recent rise was unique while acknowledging the earlier rise was bigger.
[Of course] Some who promote man-made global warming focus on what they refer to as the unprecedented 15-year period of lower-than-average Great Lakes water levels.
First, the recent low levels prevailed for 14 years, not 15. More importantly, the “precedents” are all confined within the narrow 98-year period during which the Army Corps of Engineers has been taking measurements. This period includes just three distinct low-water-level episodes.
The United States Geological Survey, which studies the geological evidence of water level changes going back millennia, says the swings were far more extreme in the distant past than in recent centuries.
Yes it’s true that the 2013-2014 increase was the largest recorded for Lake Superior over a 24-month period EVER (during the past 98 years since there have been records taken). Its just like the claims about CO2 . CO2 is at its highest levels in 13 centuries and the earth hasn’t warmed in over 18 and a half years. But approximately 12,750 years ago before big cars and coal plants CO2 levels were higher than today. And during some past ice ages CO2 levels were up to 20x today’s. And the earth didn’t warm then.
But the climate change enthusiasts will always change the measuring stick to match their hypothesis, instead of changing their hypothesis to match what is really happening.