My heartfelt condolences to all who were close to this giant in meteorology, founder/co-founder of The Weather Channel. While I never knew the man, he helped shaped part of who I am, today.
For those who don’t know, this man was one of the brave voices skeptical of man-caused global warming, or AGW, as many of us came to know the notion. Learning of his passing has caused a flood of memories I have.
Readers here will know I don’t post on climate much, anymore. But, we all used to be very engaged in the discussion. I don’t post on it much because it’s a dead issue. Sure, we still have the same tired old people babbling and blathering about it, but, it’s over. And, to be sure, John Coleman had no small part in getting it killed.
John Coleman was one of the many voices which really piqued my interest in the issue. It wasn’t the fact that he was a meteorologist, it was the fact that he was a meteorologist for 60+ years which caused me to think about the global warming issue.
Of course, John Coleman wasn’t the only voice, nor, was he the most prominent voice. But, like all of the other great voices skeptical of AGW, his was of reason and facts. And, like all the rest of the voices, his arguments were easily referenced. That is to say, he didn’t appeal to the authority of his expertise or experience, but, rather, stated verifiable facts which supported his arguments. You could look up what he was saying and discern for yourself if it was true or not.
And, so, we at Suyts set out to do just that. From monitoring the sea-levels to the snow and ice coverage and the temps …. and all the other outrageous claims of the lunatic fringe, and the accompanying historical data (most often ever changing historical data).
Because of the voices such as John Coleman, we looked. And, we found the data incredibly wanting. Imagine where we would be were it not for voices such as John Coleman’s! I shudder to think. I don’t believe it is a stretch to think the world will forever be in debt to John Coleman and people such as himself.
Godspeed, Mr. Coleman, Godspeed.