Weather Talk: Where's your global warming now? Please don't ask
"So where's your global warming now?"
If you find yourself thinking this in light of the sudden change to colder weather, please just stop. Whichever side of the pro or con politics of climate change you are on, this particular line of reasoning can only demonstrate a complete misunderstanding of climate and weather.
From a climate perspective, the warming of the Earth's atmosphere does not mean it never gets cold anymore. The fact that this cold seems unusual is a better argument for warming because only six of the past 36 months have delivered a colder than average mean temperature to Fargo-Moorhead. Cold weather seems unusual because it has not been happening as much the past few years.
From a weather perspective, it has been extremely warm over Alaska the past few weeks. The cold weather moving in has had to avoid the Alaska region and get here from central Siberia by coming directly over the North Pole, a far less traveled route.