I am walking out on a limb here with voicing my opinions on the climate debate, but I do want to express them because within the meteorological community, I know I am not alone in them. Accuweather’s Joe Bastardi hit the nail on the head saying “NOAA saying the planet is warmer than it ever has been recorded and that it continues to warm is like measuring on a bathroom scale versus a doctors scale.” What he meant by this is that sometimes scientists are so eager to find patterns and predict trends to refute or support such vast claims as global warming, that they tend to only look at the surface, the finite data, without looking at the bigger picture. Human history is incredibly fallible, and our means to report climatological data are too, and have changed a lot over the past several hundreds of years. In addition to lack of data and discrepancy within data, what is going to happen when things cool off down the road? For instance, many of the fingers being pointed towards global warming are patterns that have come and gone and come again. Saying a strong hurricane season may be caused by global warming is the equivalent to saying  the earth’s tectonic plates movement which have caused numerous earthquakes has been brought on by human action. This is simply not so. The difference to me  is, and which is why it is so easy to point extreme weather phenomina as the red flag of Global Warming is, they happen in shorter cycles. We were not around to record the movement of the earth’s platelets several thousands of years ago. It is not something that is easy to track, and it goes under the radar for hundreds of years until something big happens, such as an earthquake. Nevermind the fact that earthquakes happen all the time around the world, but because we have more people, more development, and more ability to monitor them, someone wants an excuse to why we’re having so many. To me the same holds true for global warming and cooling. When was the last time we shrieked in panic at the coldest year in 50 or 100 years? We don’t know, because there wasn’t anything forseeably cataclismic about it. It wasn’t fueld by political debate on what we need to do to warm the country, and it certainly wasn’t compared to how few people were in a place that couldn’t “warm it up”. It is human instinct to find reason, to see what IS there versus what is not, hence why the debate has gotten so “heated” so to speak. I’m not jumping on the global warming bandwagon just yet. I’m just not convinced it’s our doing. I do however, wish I could live an extra hundred years to see the outcome.