“Global warming” has long been bandied about as “settled science.” However, in what can reasonably be termed as a “science-based crime”, scientists have been caught adjusting their raw temperature data to enhance the supposed global warming effect.

This fakery is really too bad for Professor Jacobson, who is spending the day shoveling the snow from Winter Storm Neptune.

The storm’s predicted barometric pressure, a measure of the storm’s intensity, “is typically observed with a Category 2 hurricane,” the National Weather Service in Boston said. The heaviest snow will stretch from northeastern Massachusetts to coastal Maine with more than a foot expected, AccuWeather predicts. Wind gusts could approach 70 mph in some spots — strong enough to cause structural damage and widespread power outages, the weather service said.

You know a storm is going to be bad when it is given a name, and the state’s governor makes a statement about it before the first flake strikes the ground.

“New Yorkers should take every appropriate precaution as subzero temperatures and blizzard-like conditions hit the state this weekend,” Cuomo said in statement.

According to the National Weather Service, [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo said some areas of the state may experience some of the “coldest temperatures in generations.”

Cuomo claimed that temperatures at LaGuardia Airport may drop to their lowest since 1943 and Central Park may experience its lowest temperature since 1888.

Back in California, I’ll be strolling along the beach enjoying sunny weather. However, my state is also facing its own generational climate crisis — a drought that is the worst in US history, and severe enough to earn the term “megadrought”.

What if these two weather events are related. When the global temperature drops, water is retained by the glaciers that would normally be in the atmosphere. A good example comes from the analysis of an 1200 BC “megadrought” that lasted about 300 years and decimated crop production in Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Syria.

It is true, as the Times noted, that the Earth’s climate was changing around 1,200 B.C. Then again, the Earth’s climate is always changing. What was remarkable about the climate in 1,200 B.C., however, is the Earth’s climate was becoming cooler rather than warmer. The global cooling did not spare Eastern Mediterranean civilizations. A recent study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Archaeological Science reported a cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea around 1,200 B.C. The cooling not only shortened growing seasons, but also resulted in declining rainfall.

…Cool temperatures shorten growing seasons. Cool temperatures also reduce evaporation from the seas, resulting in less precipitation over land. The result is fewer months to grow crops, colder temperatures during the growing season, and less rainfall to hydrate the crops. Crop failures and famine predictably follow.

It looks like we’re in a global cooling period. In 2013, I reported that snow fell in Egypt…not normally a winter wonderland. Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition, and Dr. Madhav Khandekar, a former Research Scientist with Environment Canada, offer compelling and scientifically sound analysis on global trends.

December 2013 and January 2014 were the third-coldest Decembers and Januaries in the past 30 years averaged over the contiguous 48 United States, with temperatures plummeting to −10°C in Atlanta and −26°C in Chicago. Residents of North East India struggled with unusually severe snow and −10°C temperatures without home heating. Snow and extreme cold also impacted the Kashmir Valley in India, where many elderly and very young people died of hypothermia. At the time of this writing, most of India is two to five degrees C colder than usual, a serious problem when 95% of all Indian homes lack central heating.

On the opposite end of the scientific sensibility scale, Cecilia Bitz, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Washington in Seattle, had to improvise a “global warming” explanation for the reason that the Antarctic ice floes are the furthest north they have been since satellite records began in 1979. She says its “heat transfer”.

I am sure Professor Jacobson is enjoying the “heat transfer” as he shovels.

In their article, Harris and Khandekar rightly point out that improper focus on “global warming” will prevent proper preparation to address the real climate challenges. The same is also true regarding California’s “megadrought”.

Victor Davis Hanson just published a great piece, The Scorching of California – How Green extremists made a bad drought worse, in which he details how adherence to “settled science” has left the Golden State brown in most spots — except in the progressive, urban centers where most of the environmental activists reside.

…If the drought does continue, vast tracts of west-side farmlands will turn to dust. California’s nearly $30 billion agricultural export industry—led by dairy, almond, and grape production—is in grave peril. Its collapse would crush the economic livelihood of the Central Valley, especially its Hispanic community. When the 5 million-acre west side goes dry, hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs in a part of the state where the average unemployment rate already hovers above 10 percent. Farmers will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to deepen their wells further and save what water they can. Everything they and their predecessors have known for a century will be threatened with extinction.

Water is to California as coal is to Kentucky—yet its use is being curtailed by those least affected, if affected at all, by the consequences of their advocacy. But environmentalists, who for 40 years worked to undermine the prudent expansion of the state’s water infrastructure, have a rendezvous with those consequences soon.

A recent study showed that more “global warming skeptics” knew more about climate than believers. So, who should sensible people and public policy planners believe — “heat transfer” and altered data, or what is actually being experienced in New York, California, and the rest of the world?