"Wow! Never before in recorded history has Houston had snow two years in a row. This years snowfall is the earliest ever recorded beating last years record.
That "Gore Effect" on the weather is really predictable.
'Global Warming Lecture Postponed Due to Cooling'
By P.J. Gladnick
December 5, 2009 - 10:50 ET
Houston, we have a problem.
And the problem is unusually cold weather in Houston to the extent that city had its earliest recorded snowfall on Friday. Plus much of the rest of Texas also had quite cold weather which caused the cancellation of a global warming lecture at the University of Texas in Austin.
Here is the e-mail received by the Houston Chronicle SciGuy blogger Eric Berger:
Global Warming lecture postponed due to cooling
Given the travel advisories issued and the likelihood of freezing weather for the Austin area tomorrow evening, we are postponing the December 4 event, Global Warming - Lone Star Impacts. "
Yes, Eric, welcome to the "Gore Effect." If you haven't heard of this phenomenon (although I suspect you already know about it), allow Politico to provide the definition:
The so-called Gore Effect happens when a global warming-related event, or appearance by the former vice president and climate change crusader, Al Gore, is marked by exceedingly cold weather or unseasonably winter weather.
Some Politico examples of the Gore Effect:
...in March, 2007, a Capitol Hill media briefing on the Senate’s new climate bill was cancelled due to a snowstorm.
On Oct. 22, Gore’s global warming speech at Harvard University coincided with near 125-year record-breaking low temperatures. And less than a week later, on Oct. 28, the British House of Commons held a marathon debate on global warming during London’s first October snowfall since 1922.
And to the examples of the Gore Effect, we can now add the cancellation of that lecture on global warming due to freezing weather in Austin.
What makes this the global warming lecture cancellation and the early snowfall in Houston so delicious (to use NewsBusters Noel Sheppard terminology), is that this weather condition closely follows a Houston Chronicle editorial which asserted that the globe is warming but made no mention of ClimateGate which was openly mocked by many Chronicle readers and chronicled here in NewsBusters."