Video: MS-NBC’s Brewer claims heavy snowfall proves global warming

posted at 3:07 pm on February 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Give credit to MS-NBC’s meteorologist, who does his best to play this one down the middle. When Contessa Brewer attempts to refute Senator Jim DeMint’s humorous Twitter entry that the snow would continue “until Al Gore cries uncle,” he gives both sides of the argument. Brewer insists that the heavy snowstorm that has frozen the mid-Atlantic region and shut down Washington DC in a deep freeze just shows that “more severe weather” proves AGW theory (via Greg Hengler):

It might prove it except that the world isn’t actually warming. The theory about creating more precipitation is one hypothesis in AGW, but it’s supposed to come down as rain because, well, the Earth is supposed to get warmer, not colder.  Seasoned skeptics will recall the dire warnings of  more violent hurricane and tornado seasons after 2005′s dual hits of Katrina and Rita, which have gone utterly unfulfilled.

Usually, though, the rebuttal to DeMint’s jibe would be that skeptics don’t understand the difference between climate and weather.  Funny, but that distinction seems to get lost among AGW hysterics when temperatures spike upwards in the summer, as they always do.

Update: Time tries to make the same argument.

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Horseshit!

NRA Lifer on February 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

New footnote in the next U.N. report under “peer” review.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Just another AGW retard.

Cybergeezer on February 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Comical.

Midas on February 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Contessa Brewer is one teleprompter short of being President.

They must think we are all stupid.

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

ot:Israeli intel saying that al queda caused plane crash from beirut

ConservativePartyNow on February 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Wow.. I have been SURROUNDED for MONTHS by it. But I thought it was called Frozen Rain fall? Hmmmm

upinak on February 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Yeah, how’z that Gore-Bull Warming working out for ya?

My kids have had more snow in Virginia, than my ex-wife in the snow belt off the coast of Lake Ontario in NY!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Well yes, global warming can explain everything. Drought, flood, extreme localized cold/heat, declining birth rates, increasing birth rates, increasing infant mortality, decreasing infant mortality…prosperity, poverty…everything can be explained by climate change.

Skandia Recluse on February 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

LOL — until Al Gore cries uncle. Beautiful!

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

When Contessa Brewer attempts to refute Senator Jim DeMint’s humorous Twitter entry that the snow would continue “until Al Gore cries uncle,”

She tried to refute a joke? For real? Are we sure she wasn’t hired to be eye candy for the male viewers? It sure can’t be because of her alleged brain power. LOL

capejasmine on February 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

If I tried this cow puckey at work I would be fired. You see Boss, the fact that the report is not on your desk is actually proof that I previously did the report.

txaggie on February 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Contessa is so smart…/

d1carter on February 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

AGW = global warming

AGW = global cooling

AGW = crisis of logic

ICBM on February 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Since global warming causes “severe weather,” several centuries of severely cold weather (hey, let’s call it a Little Ice Age) would then really prove that the planet was warming.

Riiiight.

Wethal on February 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

What a tool…

PatriotRider on February 10, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I got your global warming for ya right here …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwzD0V-x6qo

Tony737 on February 10, 2010 at 3:14 PM

This is going to make Iowahawk sad. These people are turning into their own parody. First earthquakes & tsunamis, now record snowfalls?

Lots of snow = AGW
little snow = AGW
colder winter = AGW
warmer winter = AGW
cooler summer = AGW
hotter summer = AGW

What’s next, continental drift = AGW? Or how about volcanoes.

rbj on February 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Skandia Recluse on February 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

It slices, it dices, it has 1,001 uses all of which come with a money back guarantee. I challenge you to just find one thing AGW is not capable of.

txaggie on February 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Private Pyle, you have got to be sh**ting me!!!

JohnGalt23 on February 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I personally wish we had some global warming right now.

deidre on February 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

There are 2 big reasons they hired Contessa and they aren’t brains and personality.

Alden Pyle on February 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Like black men, all weather looks the same to Contessa Brewer.

Bishop on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Hmmm.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

B+

search4truth on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

See how she caught herself?

“I was taught that …”

Tony737 on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Lord, I can’t take these idiots aymore. They’ve been so successfully conditioned that they accept without a single doubt, whatever their shadow masters tell them.

They have stopped using their own eyes and ears and have disconnected all their other senses.

Next liberal belief: Suicide is healthy for you!

darwin on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

What they are shoveling at MSNBC sure isn’t snow… but it sure is deep.

Smells, too.

ajacksonian on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Dammit. I can’t call her the R Word.

Denverslim on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Then why not call it Global More Severe Weather Change. It is called Global Warming. What a bunch of moronic crap. BTW where the Hell is Gore.

rjoco1 on February 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Okay the Gore line is hilarious.

gophergirl on February 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

So…the colder it gets, the more snow that falls…this provides proof that the planet is warming. 11 or 12 years of falling temperatures on earth are proof that the planet is warming.
Ow…brain hurt…me too stupid to get it. Planet cooling proves planet warming.
Newspeak? Obamalogic?
I must go now and ingest poison gas in beer.

Army Brat on February 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Sorting this all out in my elderly brain…

Global warming causes snowstorms.

Sooooo

Global warming must cause global cooling!

Got it now. Thanks!

GoldenEagle4444 on February 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, they’ll always twist into proof of AGW. Lack of snow in years past was blamed on global warming, now lots of snow is blamed on the same thing.

But the science is settled!!!

changer1701 on February 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM

She knows it’s true. She watches her DVD of The Day After Tomorrow every night.

kingsjester on February 10, 2010 at 3:20 PM

It just never ends with these people. Proof you can’t fix stupid.

KickandSwimMom on February 10, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

You’re another moron. If this is global warming, why didn’t they predict this years ago? You know, at the same time they were predicting steadily rising temperatures and droughts? Why didn’t they tell us AGW would produce cold and snow?

darwin on February 10, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Well Maybe she doesn’t make a good argument for AGW but she makes an excellent argument for natural selection.

Dr Evil on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Epic blizzards in New England, Sporadic Torrential downpours on West Coast, Snow warnings in Texas= WARMING!!!

Genius!
/

FontanaConservative on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

it’s supposed to come down as rain because, well, the Earth is supposed to get warmer, not colder.

this is such an embarrassing statement it doesn’t even merit refuting. gw doesn’t mean that it won’t ever snow anymore.

It might prove it except that the world isn’t actually warming.

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

We may get another 20-30 inches in the mid atlantic on Monday.

The one benefit of AGW, Contessa, is that it keeps the federal government shut down.

Firefly_76 on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

As the scam of global warming has fallen apart … it’s morphed into “climate change” … which is now morphing into “climate instability” … which will morph into something else.

Climate nuts

darwin on February 10, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Hmmm.
Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

A group devoted to “Earth stewardship” and being against nuclear war. Well there ya go.

Bishop on February 10, 2010 at 3:22 PM

it is impossible to link a particular weather event directly to increased greenhouse gases

Thanks Grow Fins for that lovely quote.

Shock the Monkey on February 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Robert Kennedy Jr. wrote an article, and stated that D.C. will never see snow again because of AGW. Uh huh Global Warming also wiped out the unicorns just ask the President SMILE!

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/RFK-79834057.html

Dr Evil on February 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM

We may get another 20-30 inches in the mid atlantic on Monday.

The one benefit of AGW, Contessa, is that it keeps the federal government shut down.

Firefly_76 on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

You poor people. I live in Minnesota so I’m used to this crap. You guys are just getting pummeled.

gophergirl on February 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Climate change also explains no snow in Vancouver.

I suppose.

Marcus on February 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Hmmm.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

It’s true because its on the internet. //

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

On record????? On record????? How far back does that record go? Is it just satellite? Has the data been adjusted? Does that include surface station data, including the 75% of stations ignored by NOAA?

How far back does this record go?

darwin on February 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM

There’s only one correct answer:

AGW!

It’s everywhere! It’s everywhere!

profitsbeard on February 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Dammit. I can’t call her the R Word.

Denverslim on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

We just say: Bless her heart, she just don’t know any better.

thomasaur on February 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, they’ll always twist into proof of AGW. Lack of snow in years past was blamed on global warming, now lots of snow is blamed on the same thing.

But the science is settled!!!

changer1701 on February 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Yep, it’s perfect. No matter what happens, no matter what the weather, it’s man-caused global climate change.

Midas on February 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Because there could never have been a warmer January BEFORE record right Pedalian?

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.
sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

You link to a site which states this”

“A Project of Center for American Progress Action Fund”

And your evidence is a graph that goes back to….1979?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Bishop on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

And Monday morning, folks in the NW corner of Mississippi awake to up to 8 inches of Global Warming on the ground, with more expected twice later this week. The climate changes all the time. It always has.

kingsjester on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

People that continue to cling to the AGW myth are digging a deep hole to bury their common sense.

rukiddingme on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

gophergirl on February 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Thanks. Joking aside, its actually getting dangerous. Tens of thousands without power, some without since Friday. Folks here just don’t have snowblowers/snow plows and do not know how to drive in this.

Firefly_76 on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Contessa, the whole concept of what constitutes proof of a scientific hypothesis is well above your pay grade. Try keeping your mouth shut when you have nothing intelligent to contribute to a conversation.

ya2daup on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Earth stewardship

Horrors.

Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

These people are insane. LMAO…. And they don’t even see the absolute comical fodder they have become…

Here’s an amusing short rock video “Apologize to the bees and the trees, cuz A hippie’s got his finger on the button” lol.

deedtrader on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

You know, Yahoo is really getting on my nerves with their “push” headlines. Sure, the Time post is a farce, but we all know what “Time” has become. Their headline: Another Blizzard: What Happened to Global Warming? is just a ruse. You expect that from them. But why did Yahoo change the headline for publication on their servers? D.C. Snowstorm: How Global Warming Makes Blizzards Worse is from the “Update” link above. Huh?

BKeyser on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

When you’ve bought a bill of goods you just can’t admit you’ve been had. It would show how stupid you are.

Of course mouthing this nonsense demonstrates your stupidity, so it’s a lose-lose. Better to just STFU.

JammieWearingFool on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

It’s the beginning of the end for liberalism. Defending the indefensible is an exercise in futility, but I’m enjoying watching every minute of it.

The left is being forced to equate 6 scribbled words on a woman’s palm with thousands of words on a teleprompter. They have to defend 1 1/2 trillion dollar deficits and multi-trillion dollar health care entitlements as necessary to lower spending. They have to explain why spending half a billion to try terrorists in NYC is preferable to far less expensive and equally constitutional military tribunals. And now they’re desperately trying to cover for an international scandal that’s exposed manmade global warming to be nothing more than a manufactured crisis in order to control the world economy.

Doughboy on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

And your evidence is a graph that goes back to….1979? – Bishop

Hey man, that was a LOOOOOOONG time ago! haha

This is even worse than normal, ’cause usually progressives act like History began in the 60′s!

Tony737 on February 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Horrors.
Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Don’t forget they are also against nucyaler war.

And their president is a guy whose educational background is in public administration.

ROFL

Bishop on February 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM

he gives both sides of the argument

The Lie and The Truth. Is that what you mean by both sides? Come on, Ed.

faraway on February 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Losing your hair. AGW! More cavities then usual? AGW! 40 year old paint peeling off your house? AGW! Does your lawn use more water during summer months? AGW! Democratic infighting? AGW! High unemployment? AGW! Your 16 year old new driver wearing out the tires on the family car? AGW!

AGW can do ANYTHING!

GarandFan on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Funny, but that distinction seems to get lost among AGW hysterics when temperatures spike upwards in the summer, as they always do.

AGW was never about the weather or climate. It was and is a convenient excuse to effect an agenda of wealth distribution and behavior modification.

BTW, those of us living in DC wouldn’t mind a bit of global warming right about now. I was stuck out of town for round one and just got back in time for round two but anybody who questions the wisdom of shutting down the government should understand that, yes, it really is that bad here.

highhopes on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Thanks. Joking aside, its actually getting dangerous. Tens of thousands without power, some without since Friday. Folks here just don’t have snowblowers/snow plows and do not know how to drive in this.

Firefly_76 on February 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Luckily everybody out there is smart enough to stay off the roads for the most part.

I have family transplanted from here to DC and they said they’ve never seen anything like it.

Stay safe!

gophergirl on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

What is so awesome about this storm is the fact that there is no doubt in my mind that God directed this storm. When the storm was coming after us (in St. Louis) it tried it’s best to stay away from St. Louis and then when it did hit us it flew over us so quickly that we only got 2 inches and they were calling for 6. Then it gets to the east coast and it just sits there and swirls over DC hardly moving. If that’s not God basically showing that He’s in control of earth and the weather and not us, then I don’t know what would be.

I hope all of you in the path of the storm stay safe. My family in Ohio is dealing with 12-16 inches right now.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Anything and everything proves that AWG exists. I would like for one of these freaks to put in writing what would have to occur (specific conditions) that could show that AGW. After all, these “real scientists” should know that any scientific theory that has no way of being tested or disproven in not a valid theory.

Scrappy on February 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Global warming makes the weather colder.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

Daggett on February 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

AGW can do ANYTHING!

GarandFan on February 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

But I thought it was all GWB’s fault.

highhopes on February 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

And the irony is we need SUVs to get through the effects of global warming.

KillerKane on February 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Hey Contessa, Its time to upgrade your list:

Santa Clause
Tooth Ferry
Easter Bunny
Bigfoot
Obama
Sham Wow

Global Warming.

portlandon on February 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Hmmm.

Grow Fins

Hmmmm.

HMMMMMMMMMMM.


HMMMMMMMMM.

Any reason you’re ignoring all of this?

Or are facts hard?

Good Lt on February 10, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I challenge you to just find one thing AGW is not capable of.
txaggie on February 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

It is capable neither of being proven nor of being settled science.

ya2daup on February 10, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Leftists are wrong about everything.

therightwinger on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

i love this “more moisture / energy in the atmosphere” argument.

it’s bullcrap.

as a matter of fact, the last 12 yeasr have been coooler than 1998 and one reason the agw-alarmists give is that there has been LESS MOISTURE in the atmosphere, and this was measured.

but they’ll just cone up with some other wacky way to keep their ideology afloat.

ergo: it’s another example of how the agw argument is unfalsifiable, ergo it’s religion not science.

FACT: climate has always changed. climate change is natural.

reliapundit on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

This snowstorm clearly proves man-made global cooling warming cooling warming cooling.

bitsy on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Okay, I get this–the hotter it is, the more snow we get.

Seems the Left has done what Scotty of USS Enterprise has never been able to do: Change the laws of both physics and thermodynamics.

Sure, I’ll go with that. Soon as the Dems tell us all that Robert Byrd wasn’t ever a KKK recruiter.

Liam on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Any website that uses the term “climate deniers” is bogus…

d1carter on February 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Earth stewardship = eco-weenies and smelly hippies

Andy in Agoura Hills on February 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Fish and Squid, If your so concerned about AGW, why don’t you get off the net? Don’t you realize that the electricity that your using is killing you? All that extra coal that has to be burned to satisfy your trolling fetish. Aren’t you ashamed that your killing the planet?

Have you no shame?

PappaMac on February 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Well, duh, everythign proves global warming. Including today’s wind chill of -20, here in Roanoke, VA. We’ve gotten more snow than Anchorage.

Speaking of which, if warm weather is required for snowfall, why is there so much snow at the colder, higher latitudes?

hawksruleva on February 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM

up is down

blatantblue on February 10, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Contessa Brewer is a ree-tard.

DaydreamBeliever on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Grow Fins on February 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Rahm told me you’re an f’ing retard.

Doorgunner on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

you’re*

PappaMac on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Oh really, was that before or after the 2 weeks of below zero temperatures and windchills here in the midwest?

The average temperature for St. Louis in January is 35. The average temperature for St. Louis this past January… 27.2. Yeah, it’s warming alright.

MobileVideoEngineer on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

FACT: climate has always changed. climate change is natural.

reliapundit on February 10, 2010 at 3:33 PM

And the arrogance of leftists leads them to believe that they have the ability to control everything, including the climate of a planet.

thomasaur on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

last month was the warmest january on record.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

And? I always remember global warming idiots saying that “a warm/cold month doesn’t prove anything” – but i guess it’s a safe fallback position when necessary.

By your logic, since this year is the most snowfall in recorded history in some place, it’s definite proof of global cooling.

See how that game works?

lorien1973 on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Any website that uses the term “climate deniers” is bogus…

d1carter on February 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Yeah. I much prefer to call myself a global warming heretic.

rbj on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I was wondering who would be the first idiot to claim this.
Contessa- C’mon down!

Goodale on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Yes, I believe in Global Warming, Matter of fact it has been getting warmer ever since that last Ice Age.

Guest1.1 on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

The theory about creating more precipitation is one hypothesis in AGW

It’s the hypothesis, now, because the drought theory they were scaring us got rained and snowed on so much so that they had to change it.

Dusty on February 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM

My dog had pretty bad gas yesterday, most likely caused by climate change.

clearbluesky on February 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM

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