First major storm of 2014 brings out the climate-denying crazies

To reiterate: just because it's cold doesn't mean that global warming is a hoax

Published January 2, 2014 10:51PM (EST)

     (Igumnova Irina/Shutterstock)
(Igumnova Irina/Shutterstock)

The year's cold, snowy start can only mean one thing: the climate deniers are coming out of hibernation to crow about how cold weather obviously means that global warming's a hoax.

The conflation of local weather with larger climate patterns prompts an outpouring of misinformed glee that's dreaded, in some circles, more than closed roads and power outages:

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And though by now it's practically a cliche, it hasn't stopped the denizens of Twitter, including Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) from thinking they're being really clever:

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Thankfully, the Union of Concerned Scientists is on it:
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With a foot of snow predicted for some areas of the Northeast, this one point from their explainer is particularly apt:

Hotter air around the globe causes more moisture to be held in the air than in prior seasons. When storms occur, this added moisture can fuel heavier precipitation in the form of more intense rain or snow.

Points to anyone who can trim that down to 140 characters or fewer.

By Lindsay Abrams

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