On Gather today you will find an article that may entertain you. This article notes (correctly) that the state of Alaska has experienced cooler than normal weather over the past decade. The headline of this article unfortunately then implies that Alaska is entering an Ice Age. This assertion is utter hogwash of the most ignorant variety.
You may wish to step back a couple feet and look at the bigger picture. Here in the year 2012, the lower 48 states of the USA experienced the hottest calendar year ever recorded. The only geographic area of the continental USA that had colder than usual temperatures was a little coastal slice of Washington and Oregon- the rest of us were hotter than normal- and in the central plains, WAY hotter than normal, with a killing drought and summer heat wave that slaughtered cattle and crops.
Meanwhile, in the arctic ocean- the area that we call the "North Pole" and which we associate with Santa Claus and his elves- there is a floating mass of ice that covers thousands of square miles. Except that guess what, more of this ice melted in the 2012 than has ever melted before. Scientists see a strong trend here, and most of the scientists who work in what we call "climatology" expect that within the next 20 to 40 years, we will finally see a complete absence of ice in the summertime arctic ocean for the first time in millions of years. We all hope that Santa can swim.
So, it is in front of this backdrop that ignorant denialists here on Gather cackle gleefully that Alaska is entering an ice age. Well, granted, it has been a couple degrees fahrenheit colder in Alaska over the past ten years. But across the rest of the arctic, a much much larger area, it has been a couple degrees warmer over the same period, and ice has been disappearing. I try to wrap my mind around the idea that Alaska can have an ice age while the rest of the arctic proceeds to have a warm age. It does not wrap. Sooner or later, currents or wind patterns will change, and Alaska will warm up too. I mean, sure Alaska is a big place, but it is not big enough to cool down the rest of our planet like an ice cube in a glass of seven up, know what I mean?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, in Australia and Tasmania, temperatures are over 100 degrees fahrenheit with scorching winds blowing almost everywhere, and residents are keeping within sight of their cars or trucks in order to drive away fast when the wildfires reach their towns.
It's funny that denialists always leave something out. In fact, they leave EVERYTHING out, except their little cherry picked factoid that will give the wrong impression if taken out of context. Let's hope, dear reader, that you are not stupid enough to skip down that path.