Key Words: Trump welcomes global warming to thaw out frigid eastern U.S., setting Twitter ablaze

‘Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming.’

President Trump

With the National Weather Service releasing updated extreme winter advisories for much of the Northeast and Midwest — prompting preparations in New York for its coldest New Year’s Eve in nearly 60 years — President Donald Trump, on a golf vacation in Florida, said global warming sounded pretty good about right now.

Science Twitter, for certain, came alive in a backlash that pointed out the difference between weather and climate.

Its denizens were joined by the broader commenting crowds — including “pro-science” politicians who looked to make some hay. While extreme weather has historical precedence, the regularity of instances has most climate scientists stressing a link between global warming and extreme weather on both the hot and cold ends of the spectrum.

Then there’s the thread that followed when “Jersey Shore’s” Vinny Guadagnino appeared to have science on his side.

And at least one Twitter counterstrike may only prove how complicated politicizing science can be:

Trump has pledged to pull the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, largely pointing to what he feels is an unfair cost shouldered by the U.S. (others have refuted this claim around the nonbinding agreement). His action has spurred a greater effort from the private sector to take its own approach to readying for a changing Earth.

Read: Major companies are committing to meeting the Paris agreement climate goals

The president over the years developed a tweeted and spoken record on his climate change stance.

In September, Trump was asked whether the severity of hurricanes Irma and Harvey — just two storms that were part of a record Atlantic hurricane season for the U.S. — had caused him to rethink his position on climate change: “Well, we’ve had bigger storms than this. And if you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we’ve had storms over the years that have been bigger than this,” he said then.

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In 2015, Trump said cold weather in Manhattan meant New York “could use a big fat does [sic] of global warming,” according to Newsweek. In 2016 he tweeted from the West Coast that “ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee — I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”

NASA has tried to keep it simple for the president and anyone else who might be listening. The difference between climate and weather, the agency says, is a matter of time. “Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere ‘behaves’ over relatively long periods of time. When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather,” NASA says in a 2005 post.

What is known is that Erie, Pa., is already buried under more than 65 inches of snow from a record-breaking storm earlier this week. And International Falls, Minn., about 300 miles north of Minneapolis, recorded a temperature this week of 37 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, breaking the old record for the day of 32 degrees below, set in 1924.

Twitter, at least those posters whose fingers have blood flow, has had plenty to say: The hashtag #ItsSoCold was the No. 1 trending topic in the United States on Thursday.

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