In Meanwhile, down in Australia, I warned my readers.
So, don't be fooled by the cold snap in the U.S. As Al Jazeera America pointed out, "The record-breaking cold weather in the US doesn't mean the globe isn't warming, scientists say." Remember, weather isn't climate.Yesterday, the White House YouTube channel posted a video saying the same thing, and explaining the difference between climate and weather: The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes.
President Obama's Science and Technology Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains the polar vortex in 2 minutes—and why climate change makes extreme weather more likely going forward.Got that? Good.
Now, before I dig out my car, here's a summary of the past week's major weather events from Weather Underground: Weekly Weather Roundup: Hercules and Ion.
12/30-1/5: Winter Storms Hercules and Ion chill the States, while Christina moves across the pond. Tropical Cyclone Bejisa moves in the Indian Ocean, and California has its driest year on record.