Ask them in Buffalo. “No evidence of global warming here, at least not this morning, when unofficial reports to the National Weather Service listed temperatures as low as 9 degrees below zero elsewhere in Erie County.” Gore effect frost follows not just Al Gore around; it follows Global Warming teach-ins, too.
Meanwhile, there is no cycle 24, and there are no sunspots. This happened before; what was the result? I leave it to your investigations. Try searching Dalton Minimum; or Maunder Minimum.
“We didn’t have temperatures forecast to be quite that cold,” weather service meteorologist David Zaff said this morning. “When you have snowpack on the ground and clear skies, temperatures can plummet. It’s called radiational cooling.”
That cooling phenomenon, under mockingly clear skies, posed a hardship for some morning commuters and some finger-numbing discomfort for others.
“Compared to a normal winter day, our call volume is up about 25 percent, and it’s directly related to the cold,” said Diana Dibble, public affairs manager for AAA of Western and Central New York.
The most common complaint, of course, was cars that wouldn’t start, but the AAA also fielded calls from some early risers who locked their keys in their vehicles while trying to warm up their cars.