James M. Taylor, an environmental policy expert and a fellow at the Heartland Institute, said that global cooling is already happening. Based on figures provided by the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, he noted that snow records from the last 10 years exceeded the records set in the 1960s and 1970s.
A sign of global cooling? This past “decade set a record for largest average global snow extent,” Taylor said.
I’ve redrawn the the figure from the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab with a trend line so that you can see how Taylor is hiding the decline in snow cover:
Update: Over at Only In It For The Gold, Taylor attempts to justify his claim by pointing to a Steve Goddard cherry pick at WUWT. Goddard showed statistics for winter only and failed to mention what was happening to snow cover in spring and summer. In winter snow cover has not fallen significantly, but that’s because increased temperatures, while melting snow, also cause more evaporation and hence more snow to fall.
But here’s the bit that Goddard didn’t mention and Taylor was apparently unaware of. Spring and summer snow cover has fallen significantly:
Taylor’s statement was wrong. Will he correct it?