sunshine hours

February 13, 2013

University of Washington Team Beclowns Themselves Over 2012 Arctic Cyclone

Filed under: Arctic Sea Ice,Mockery,Morons — sunshinehours1 @ 7:04 PM

A “team” of “University” of Washington “scientists” have beclowned themselves trying to claim the massive 2012 Arctic Cycle did not speed up the ice melt.

Their argument comes down to: “By September, most of the ice that melted would have melted with or without the cyclone.”

If you take two ice cubes and smash one into tiny pieces, which one melts first?  The smashed one of course.

But the ice BESIDE the smashed ice would also melt quicker because the smashed ice would have provided support and cold/insulation if it had not been smashed.

For those of us old enough to remember fridge freezers that ice up and did not defrost themselves, we remember smashing as much ice with knives or screwdrivers to expose ice further back so it could melt sooner.


The UW team should be ashamed of themselves.


  1. I love your word “beclowned” – can I use it without royalties but with a h/t, please?
    I notice this post is filed under “Morons” – isn’t that category becoming a little lumpy by now? I suggest you split ’em – “Total Morons”, “Simple Morons”, “Hammers, sack of”, you get the idea.

    It’d take a “Total Moron” not to realise that it’s sea-water, with it’s high heat capacity, that melts floating ice, and that exposing more of the ice surface to that water would melt it quicker. It’d take a “Simple Moron” not to realise that melting ice removes heat from the water, and that the cold water will freeze quicker once the freeze starts – precisely what happened. It’d take a “Hammers sack of” individual to predict an Arctic free of summer ice by any time soon, but they do, and they have, and they’ve been proved wrong,and they still do it. They need their own category. I’d suggest “Denighers” – “The end is nigh! Woe, woe, thrice woe!”

    I read a piece by “Worried of Wisconsin” (to summarise his position re “climate change”), who declared himself to be “somewhat disturbed” by signs of an early spring. He’s “disturbed” alright.

    Comment by MostlyHarmless — February 14, 2013 @ 3:20 AM | Reply

  2. Beclowned has been around for a while. Use it. It fits many situations. :)

    “sea-water, with it’s high heat capacity, that melts floating ice, and that exposing more of the ice surface to that water would melt it quicker.”

    Excellent point.

    Comment by sunshinehours1 — February 14, 2013 @ 7:25 AM | Reply

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    Pingback by Arctic update!!! - Side 2 - — February 14, 2013 @ 8:30 AM | Reply

  4. Beclowned was coined by Tim Blair back in 2004. Great word.

    Comment by Mike Mangan — February 16, 2013 @ 3:37 AM | Reply

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