posted on Dec, 17 2006 @ 02:38 PM
You can't look at short term trends or anomalies when it comes to global climate. If you increase the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere,
over a long period of time, then you are likely going to have global warming, dependant on the concentration of heat trapping greenhouse gases. During
a long term warming event, there can be oddly cold periods, and oddly warm periods, that have nothing to do with the over all trend.
Here you have just that, an overall warming trend in part of the graph, made up of highs and lows.
This is the problem with people freaking out over unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold weather in any particular year. It frightens people, but has
no demonstrated connection to large scale global events. After scaring people, the temperature goes the other way, and they figure that the
researchers don't know what they are taking about, and start ignoring the problem.